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Additional activities from the Scottish Studies Foundation


Dear friends of Scottish Studies,

Here are some of our activities planned for the next few months which I trust will find of interest:

September 30: The Scottish Studies Annual Fall Colloquium will take place on Saturday, September 30, at the University of Guelph from 9:30 AM to 4 PM and will feature papers on medieval and early modern Scotland presented by Daniel Holman, Devon Sherwood, Amy Beingessner, Shayna Devlin and Dr. James E. Fraser.  It will also include a special "Conversation on Dark Age Scotland" conducted by Dr. James E. Fraser, Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph.  A poster has been attached and details are on our website at: http://www.scottishstudies.com/520-fall-colloquium-2017.htm 


October 6: Join us at the "Oor Club" on Friday, October 6, when we welcome as our guest speakers, Patricia and Mervyn Russell. Patricia Liddell Russell was born in China, the eldest daughter of Eric and Florence Liddell. She came to Canada in 1941 with her pregnant mother and sister Heather, whilst her father, missionary and 1924 Olympics runner of "Chariots of Fire: fame, stayed on in China where he died in a Japanese internment camp in 1945. She grew up first in Toronto and then in Binbrook, south of Hamilton. She trained as a nurse at the Wellesley General Hospital, married and raised three sons. Since 1990 she has been married to Mervyn who was born in Plymouth, England during the Second World War. With the death of his father at sea, his mother moved the family to her home area of Eastbourne, Sussex. After some years of working in London he was trained and ordained in the Methodist Church of Great Britain in 1968. He started singing as a choir boy, but it was only after he came to Canada in 1978 that he took voice lessons. As well as being a social activist, he has given concerts in England, Canada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Germany.


November 3: At the "Oor Club" on Friday, November 3, Donna Jean MacKinnon will give a talk based on her recently published book, "Newsgirls: Gutsy Pioneers in Canada's Newsrooms," an account of 10 ground-breaking girl reporters who carved out their careers in pre-feminist times (1930-1960). Donna Jean is a former Toronto Star reporter whose work at the Star included "City Beat," business columns, famous people profiles, the interior design column "Home Front," weekly features and colour spreads in the paper's "Home" section, features' writer and reporter in special sections and a freelance column in "Condo Living - Best Laid Plans" which ran for about eight years. She is also a keen antiques enthusiast and for many years was the proprietor of Salmagundi on Jarvis Street until 1983 and still participates on the fringe of this business.

More information about these "Oor Club" events can be found on our website by following the links on our home page: www.scottishstudies.com

Also,  Volume 42 of the "International Review of Scottish Studies" is now with the printer and will be mailed to members once completed with online publication to follow.  This book is published annually under the auspices of the Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph.  Back issues have been posted online here https://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/irss/issue/archive


All the best for now and thanks for your support,

David Hunter
Scottish Studies Foundation



 New Scottish Games Added for September!!



SNALC! North American leadership 

Blog Post

Scots can be a clannish lot, taking care of our own affairs and letting others tend to theirs. But when we do get together to share ideas and compare challenges, the results can be invigorating. The Scottish North American Leadership Conference (SNALC) has been held in Chicago, Detroit, New York and Edinburgh. On August 10-11, 2017, in honour of Canada's 150th birthday, the 16th annual  was held in Canada for the first time at the University of Guelph.

The opening banquet got off to a rousing start with the ceremonial piping in the the haggis.


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Drum Castle was featured on Visit Scotland's Newsletter.




To learn more about Drum Castle and all castles on Scotland's 'Castle Trail' click HERE