Sunday, 15 November 2020

Changes to November ViC Schedule

The day was starting to run quite late. So, we are going to start on Friday afternoon. The Jacobite History in Edinburgh presentation will now run at 3:30 pm on Friday, Nov 27th. This is eastern time. Robert will be available afterwards to answer any questions that you might have. 

There will only be the one presentation on the Friday. Then we will gather again on Saturday and start our day at 8:30 with Gillebride MacMillan giving us a Gaelic lesson. This presentation will be live. 

Following Gillebride, we will have the presentation by Professor Marjory Harper with her wonderful presentation where we actually hear from Scots who left Scotland. 

And we round the morning off with Lorna Steele from the Highland Archive Services. 

The afternoon will begin with Alison Diamond who is the archivist for the Duke of Argyll. 

Alison will be followed by Alexander Thomson who will tell us about the Highland Scots who left Scotland through the port of Cromarty and will tell us about the ships they sailed on.

And we finish up the day with British Military expert, Paul Nixon who will help us learn more about our ancestors who were in the Scottish regiments. 

To register:

Friday, 6 November 2020

Less Thank 3 Weeks to Register for Scottish ViC

Registration for the ViC ends on November 26th. That’s less than three weeks away. We have an amazing line up of presenters and topics and I am so excited to bring this level of education and talent to you

  • Gillebride MacMillan will teach us Gaelic
  • Professor Marjory Harper will share the voices of the Highland Diaspora
  • Lorna Steele will share the resources available through the Highland Archive Services
  • Sandy Thomson will tell us about the Emigrants left from the harbour at Cromarty
  • Alison Diamond give us a glimpse into the  records held within private collections and estate papers
  • Paul Nixon will help us track our Scottish ancestors who were in the military
  • Robert Howie will give us a lesson on the amazing Jacobite history of Edinburgh 

Access to the recordings are available for 6 weeks to allow you to revisit or to accommodate time zone issues. If you are on the east coast or in Aus or NZ you can join us during waking hours and return to watch the other presentations later. 

To register:


Sunday, 1 November 2020

Voices from the Scottish Diaspora: Highland Emigration to Canada in the Twentieth Century


Recently I had the honour of recording the presentation that Professor Marjory Harper is presenting for the November ViC. I was mesmerized. Actually hearing the voices of those who have emigrated, I was acutely aware that so much of what they were saying mirrored my own family's emigration story. 

The ViC is just a month away. Registration for the November ViC ends on Nov 26th. This allows me to ensure everything is ready for the 28th. The syllabus will be sent out ahead of the ViC so that you can read through and prepare questions for the presenters. 

If you haven't yet registered but want to, you can do so here: 

You will have access to the presentations for 6 weeks.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020


Karly Kehoe, who was going to give a talk on the Highland Scots who emigrated to Nova Scotia has had to pull out of the ViC. She is scheduled to host another conference on November 28th and will also be taking a leading role in that other organization. 

I am absolutely thrilled that I have been able to fill the open space with Professor Marjory Harper. Marjory is one of the leading authorities on Scottish emigration. 

Marjory's talk will be on Voices from the Scottish Diaspora: Highland Emigration to Canada in the Twentieth Century

There will be a change to the schedule for the day to accommodate another speaking engagement that Professor Harper has that day. 

Marjory Harper is a Professor of History at the University of Aberdeen and a senior researcher at the Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands. Her main research interests are in Scottish emigration. She has published 12 monographs and edited collections, and over 100 articles. Two of her books have won international prizes, including the University of Guelph’s Frank Watson Prize. Her most recent book, based on oral testimony from around 100 interviewees, is about to be published as an audio book.



Saturday, 3 October 2020

Are You Ready to Return to Scotland to Research Your Scottish Ancestors?

I am so hopeful that by late 2021 we will once again be able to travel safely and without the need to quarantine upon arrival. I am so looking forward to getting back home, and to seeing the new and exciting things that the participants of the 5 planned tours are going to learn about their Scottish ancestors through research. 

There are 5 back to back tours scheduled for the fall of 2021*. These include:

The Scottish Borders Tour - this tour is FULL
Edinburgh Tour - Sept 19-25   3 spaces left
Orkney Tour - Sept 26 - Oct 2  this tour is FULL
Edinburgh Tour- this tour is FULL
Glasgow Tour - October 10-16 4 spaces left

*in the event that we still can't travel due to COVID, your deposit will simply apply to the new dates. The deposit is otherwise non refundable and non transferrable

January Scottish ViC Registration is Now OPEN!

Registration is now open for the January ViC. While there is a focus on Borders research  we also look at the Scottish Jewish Archives and the Scots in Ulster. Many of the Reiver families were sent to Ulster. We will look at Women's Sufferage and our treat is a virtual tour of the places associated with the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. 

  • Hannah Bell with present on the Borders Archive Services
  • Margaret Fox will present on Scottish Border Cases in the High Court
  • Andrew Armstrong will present on the Border Reivers
  • William Roulston will present on the Scots in Ulster
  • Harvey Kaplan will present on the Scottish Jewish Archives
  • Donna Moore will present on the Women's Suffrage Movement
  • Anne Daly will take us on a virtual tour of Mary Queen of Scot's life

Again I am thrilled with the level of new topics and the calibre of speakers for the ViC.

You can register for just the January ViC for $74cad or for both Nov AND January for $143. Look for the SAVE ON TWO registration to get the discount. 

Thursday, 24 September 2020

'Draft' Schedule for November 28th ViC


Most of the presentations for November's ViC have been recorded so I have been able to set a draft schedule. There may be some minor adjustments to the timing, but these will really be minor.  

Here's the program as it stands now: 

8:30 - Gillebride MacMillan will get us started with an introductory Gaelic lesson 

9:45 - Lorna Steele's presentation will give us a look at the wealth of resources available through the Highland Archive Services 

11:00 - Alison Diamond will share the resources available within the Argyll Estate Papers 

We will take a lunch break following Alison's Q&A 

1:00 pm - Alexander Thomson will start the afternoon telling us about the Emigrants who left Cromarty and about the ships that they sailed on 

2:10 pm - Karly Kehoe will tell us about the Highland Scots who arrived in Nova Scotia 

We will take a short break after Karly's presentation 

3:30 pm - Paul Nixon will help us round out the afternoon with his presentation on Scottish Regiments 

5:05 pm - we finish up with Robert Howie of Historic Edinburgh Tours taking us on a virtual tour of Edinburgh and the sites associated with the Jacobites 

Access to the recordings of all 7 presentations will be available until January 10th. 

Registration is just $79cad for the day.  

You can register here: