In this section of our website we’ll be writing, sharing and contributing stories and memories we have linking to our Scottish heritage; this may range from how we became involved with the Scots’ Society to our recent travels of Scotland to our personal experiences of being part of a thriving American-Scottish community.
If you have a story, memory or experience you would like to share please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at; firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year on January 25th, Scots around the world participate in a magnificent feast called a “Burns Supper,” celebrating the life and poetry of the nation’s poet, Robert Burns, on his birthday. The bard was born on January 25, 1759, 262 years ago. This year, virtual celebrations can be found everywhere you look, making it easier … Continue reading To The Bard Robert Burns
As we think back on 2020, we wanted to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for each of our members and friends of the Society. None of us could have imagined what 2020 had in store for us all. While many of our projects had to be put on hold, we remained true to … Continue reading Happy Hogmanay!
Saint Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland, is celebrated today, November 30th. Who is Saint Andrew? He was a Galilean fisherman and one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, believed to have been born between 5AD and 10AD. But, funny enough, despite being Scotland’s Patron Saint, he was never believed to have stepped foot in Scotland! There are … Continue reading St. Andrew’s Day
April 19, 2020 will mark the 245th Anniversary of the start of the American Revolutionary War. The battles of Lexington and Concord which triggered the War of Independence and was a brewing response to the Boston Massacre, taxation without representation, and other hardships such as the Sugar Act, Stamp Act and Townshend Acts imposed by … Continue reading Scottish Participation at the Battles of Lexington and Concord
Robert Gordon Orr, born in Perry Sound, Ontario, is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Orr’s speed, scoring and playmaking skills revolutionized the position of defensemen. He played for the NHL for 12 seasons, ten of them with Bruins. He was inducted into NHL Hall of Fame in 1979. … Continue reading The Scottish Origins of Bobby Orr
Gilbert Charles Stuart was a famous artist and portraitist born in North Kingstown, Rhode Island in 1755. His father was a Scottish immigrant and business owner, his mother was born into a prominent family in Middletown, Rhode Island. Stuart’s artistic talent was apparent at an early age. Cosmo Alexander, a famous Scottish artist, brought Stuart … Continue reading The Scots Charitable in American History
At the outermost tip of Cape Cod is one of the most popular summer destinations for New Englanders, Provincetown. This quaint little city is not only known for its art galleries, shops and beaches, but also as the place where pilgrims on the Mayflower first landed in the New World. To commemorate their landing, an … Continue reading Scottish New England: Provincetown Pilgrim Monument
Gregory and Alex Patnod or collectively “The Patnod Twins” are two of the youngest members of the Scots’ Charitable Society. They became involved in 2015 through their Grandfather Ken MacDonald, who has a proud Scottish heritage, tracing his ancestors back to 17th century Scotland. From a young age Greg and Alex participated in cultural events. … Continue reading Member Spotlight: The Patnod Twins
This year, 2019, Scots’ Charitable Society took on their first summer intern, Olivia Conroy-Smith, to work full-time over an eight-week period. Olivia is originally from the outskirts of London with family in both Scotland and Ireland however, for the last four years Olivia has lived in Edinburgh, Scotland whilst studying Geography and Social and Economic … Continue reading 2019 Summer Intern
On Thursday, June 27th 2019 the Scots’ Charitable Society welcomed three new members; Kirk Brunson, Karen Mahoney and Peggy Wynne. Below we have blog passages from Kirk and Karen explaining what SCS means to them. Kirk Brunson: Scottish arts and heritage is a longstanding aspect of my family. From a young age I visited my … Continue reading Member Spotlight: Our Three New Members