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.