Month: October 2012

Happy Halloween

Halloween is very much en vogue these days. The tradition of carved pumpkins and scary costumes that is so popular in the United States has clearly influenced celebrations in the UK and even in continental Europe. The custom of celebrating Halloween does, however, have its own roots in Europe, and in Scotland they are particularly Read More

Sir Donald McLean

On this day in 1820, Sir Donald McLean was born at Kilmaluag on Tiree (Inner Hebrides). McLean undoubtedly was one of the most prominent New Zealand Scots. He came out to the Antipodes aged 18, first settling in New South Wales. Employment brought McLean to Auckland in 1840, from where he eventually found his way Read More

Home Rule for Scotland: An early 20th century view from New Zealand

Blenheim was the birthplace of one of the few Scots in New Zealand who actively promoted home rule for Scotland: Richard McCallum. His name, as was stated by the New Zealand Truth in 1927, ‘implies something of a fine old “Hieland” strain.’ And indeed, though born in Blenheim, Marlborough, in the South Island in 1863, Read More