Tag: Canada

Waipu and its Scottish heritage

A few days ago the Waipu Caledonian Society in New Zealand held its 145th annual Highland Games – Games the Society has thus organised since its foundation in 1870, though the first Caledonian sports meet in Waipu took place even earlier than that. This does not make the Waipu Society New Zealand’s oldest Caledonian Society, Read More

Celebrating John A. Macdonald

John Alexander Macdonald was born in Glasgow on this day, 11 January, 200 years ago. An opportune moment to celebrate his achievements and role in the making of the Canada we know today. John spent the first few years of his life in Scotland, but then emigrated to Kingston in what was then Upper Canada Read More

New Book: Clubbing Together

I am delighted to announce that my new book, Clubbing Together: Ethnicity, Civility and Formal Sociability in the Scottish Diaspora to 1930, has been published by Liverpool University Press. I have accumulated a host of debts throughout the preparation and writing of this book, so I’d like to take the opportunity and thank a few people Read More

Manitoba’s Young Hero

Alan Arnett McLeoad was born at the end of April 1899 in Stonewall, Manitoba, establishing his heroic credentials at an early age. As is noted in his biography, he was only nine years old when he ‘removed a trap from the foot of a stray dog, but did not seem to understand why others fussed Read More

Thomas McCulloch: Presbyterian Minister, Educator and Political Reformer

Born in Fereneze near Paisley in 1776, Thomas McCulloch graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1792 and initially thought about pursuing medicine. Instead, however, McCulloch decided to study theology at the General Associate Synod in Whitburn, and was ordained at Stewarton in 1799. Shortly afterwards he married Isabella Walker, the daughter of the Revd. Read More