St Andrew's Society Lecture (2017)
This year, on 28 November, it was our great pleasure to welcome Gillebrìde MacMillan to Toronto as our St Andrew's Society lecturer. Over the course of two hours, Gillebrìde took us through the rich and storied history of Gaelic song collecting, as well as the important conservation and revival work being undertaken in Scotland's Highlands and Islands. Those in attendance were even treated to a brief song performance!
Great Scots: Leading Canadian Storytellers with Scottish Connections (2017)
On 30 November, we welcomed author Douglas Gibson to the University of Guelph campus where he introduced his new show, which shares the title of the event. Many thanks to Douglas for the talk and for the time he took to chat with and sign books for attendees afterwards.
Scottish North American Leadership Conference (2017) & Clan MacFarlane
On 11 August, 2017, we welcomed delegates from the Scottish North American Leadership Conference (SNALC) and Clan MacFarlane for talks relating to fourteenth- and fifteenth-century charters. Our Chair of Scottish Studies, Dr James E. Fraser kicked things off with a talk about the illustrious history of the Centre and the projects we are working on as we approach our 50th anniversary as part of the history department at the University of Guelph. This overview of our work was then followed by Kathryn Harvey's summary of our Scottish archival and special collections holdings. Dr Elizabeth Ewan then gave a quick lesson on the contents, reading and usage of late medieval charters in Scottish law and society. Finally, we were happy to hand things over to Preston McFarland and Peter McFarlin who situated the use of charters within a genealogical framework specific to the history and legacy of Clan MacFarlane. Don Cumming of Kilt Skate fame summed up these events nicely on his blog, which includes some pictures of the event!