Rediscovering the Scots: A Colloquium to Inaugurate the Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies


Faculty Club 3450 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E5, CA

The Scottish influence in Canadian history has been of undeniable importance, facilitated by intensifying transatlantic ties between Scotland and northern North America and manifested in multiple spheres of Canadian society, from business and government to education and cultural life. As historians increasingly investigate Canadian history’s transnational dimensions, there remains much to discover about the Scottish connection and its diverse impacts. This one-day colloquium, Rediscovering the Scots, inaugurates the St. Andrew’s Society/McEuen Scholarship Foundation Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies, and begins a conversation that will work towards defining and realizing a broader research agenda for the study of the Scots and Scottishness in Quebec and Canadian history.

Join us for presentations by scholars from across the country. The colloquium, open to the public, will take place at the McGill Faculty Club (3450 McTavish Street) on April 6th from 12:00 to 17:00. A cocktail reception will follow.

RSVPs through Eventbrite or misc.iecm [at] (subject: RSVP%20April%206) (e-mail) are encouraged. 




Preliminary Program:


Welcome and opening remarks


Session One – Communities, Identities, and Ideologies


Heather McNabb, McCord Museum
Square Mile Scots and All the Others:  The challenges and the potential of research in the Museum and Archive

Gillian Leitch, CDCI Research Inc.
Exploring Montreal’s Scottish communities in the 19th and early 20th century through their associational life

Michael Vance, Saint Mary’s University
A Communist, an MP, and a Domestic: Immigrant Scots in Interwar British Columbia


Nutrition Break


Session Two – Empire and Economic Life


Don Nerbas, McGill University
The Scots and the Industrial Empire of the St. Lawrence

Elizabeth Elbourne, McGill University
Scottish migration and the British empire, 1770s-1830s:  Conflict, community and capital at the workface of colonialism


Nutrition Break


Session Three – Scottishness and the North American Context  


Elsbeth Heaman, McGill University
Scottishness and Subaltern History in Canada

Jason Opal, McGill University
First the Clans, then the Colonies: How 1745 in Scotland shaped 1776 in North America

Denis McKim, Douglas College
Presbyterianism, 'Scottishness,' and the Plasticity of the Past