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The Scottish Studies "Oor Club" is held each month at noon at the Duke of York pub in Toronto (steps from the St. George subway station). Guest speakers give presentations on a variety of topics of interest to members of the Scottish Studies Foundation and others interested in the things that Scots in Canada and overseas are getting up to. The presentations usually lasts about an hour (pronounced "oor" in Scots), hence the name. Everyone is invited to attend as the meetings are open to all.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Thomas McCulloch:
Nova Scotia Activist and Visionary

Presented by
Peter Ross

Thomas McCulloch

The presentation concerns Thomas McCulloch, a Presbyterian minister and Scottish immigrant from Paisley who arrived in Nova Scotia at a time when the Church of England claimed to be the Established Churc, although its adherents represented only 20 percent of the population. It was dominant in education and claimed the right to perform marriage. A man of broad interests, McCulloch engaged as an activist in politics. He fought as an underdog for years to start a non-denominational university for the province and to dismantle the supremacy of the Church of England. Along the way, he opened Pictou Academy, a museum, and Dalhousie University. A product of the Scottish Enlightenment, he was one of the many Scots who brought his talents and intelligence to bear in the building of Canada as we know it.

Peter Ross immigrated with his family to Hamilton Ontario when he was one-year-old and received his education at Delta S.S., Queen’s University, and the University of Toronto. Fascinated by history, he studied Canadian social history and earned his doctorate, with a dissertation on the importation of the Ph.D. degree from Germany and the USA to the University of Toronto. Along the way, one of his projects concerned the early history of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. His career was spent in education: he taught in Dalhousie and York University and was a school superintendent in York Region, retiring as the Superintendent of Curriculum.

The cost to attend Oor Club is by way of a $5 donation to the Scottish Studies Foundation. Wide selections of pub lunches are available, typically costing between $5 and $15. The gathering begins at about 11.30 am and usually ends by about 2 pm. Everyone is welcome and pleased be assured that you do not have to be Scottish to attend!

For more information please telephone Pearl Grieve-Nixon at 416-926-7233. or email the Foundation at scottishstudies@yahoo.com.

The Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue,
near the St. George subway station
(Bedford Road exit)
in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Map showing the location of the "Duke of York"