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Robbie Burns Night in the Scotch Colony: You’re invited!

Robbie Burns Night in the Scotch Colony! Concert is Friday, 29 January, 2016, at 7:30 at the Burns Hall, Kincardine. Dance follows with the Wednesday Evening Fiddlers. Weather date is the next night, same time. Second performance is Sunday, January 31st at 2:30, with tea afterward.

Video is Kimiye Gamblin playing Burns Hall 2013


Jean Duncan found and transcribed a great article by William Linton Duncan, originally published in the October 3, 1928, edition of Fort Fairfield Review. He recounts his story of the Colony with many personal details. The transcription, along with photos of the newspaper article, are posted on Jean’s WordPress site:

William Linton Duncan is my great-grandfather.

–Bill Duncan

You’re invited to Scottish dancing lessons, Nov 15, 7pm

Get ready for Burns night!

[From Darlene]

Hi All,


Tim fiddling and Anna scratching the floor at Burns night 2013.

We are having the first dance instructional session at the Burns Hall on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7. Tim, Anna, Sarah, Isabel and Kinley will be playing.  […]  We’ll be having one or two more sessions before Christmas. I will teach the first four and may grab one of the fiddlers to help. […] Garth will do the instruction/calling for the last two.

On Nov. 2nd we’ll just work on the first five dances.

Isabel put together a list of tunes that she thought the kids could play and I ran it by Garold.

Military Glide – Clog in C maj. (played in D)

Highland Schottische – any strathspey

Heel and Toe Polka – Jacket Trimmed In Blue

Virginia Reel – any 6/8 marches or any reel; the fiddlers can decide.

The Gay Gordons – There is a tune I found on Youtube called The Gay Gordons but I think any polka would do.

The Soldiers’ Joy – Soldiers’ Joy (or any march) for the Grand March and Circle around the hall, and any reel or jig for the actual dance. Garold says don’t change mid-set from a jig to a reel or vice versa..

Lady of the Lake – Garold says any reel or jig will do.

Hope this sounds OK. Sorry for the lack of quotation marks 🙂

See you soon! Please pass the word.  […]


Upper Kintore Memorial Service, Aug 31, 2014

Click here to listen to Upper Kintore Memorial Service audio recording

140th Anniversary of “Sidonian” Colonists

"Sidonian" 11 April 1874; The "Sidonian" leaves Glasgow. via Callum Stuart, FB Chapman, Cumming, & Duncan Family History, April 12, 2014;

The “Sidonian” leaves Glasgow. (Thanks to Callum Stuart for the clipping.)

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick provides a list of names and ages of Scottish immigrants who were passengers arriving in St. John, New Brunswick by the Sidonian on May 14, 1874, ending the log with this news item that tells what happened next:

“16 May 1874 – Woodstock, N.B., 15th May -The train with the Scottish immigrants arrived here at half past 4 this afternoon, under the charge of Mr. STEWART. They are now being transferred to the steamer “Ida Whittier”, Capt. Rideout, which leaves at 8 p.m. They will arrive opposite Mr. BEVERIDGE’s at Andover (Victoria Co.) tomorrow forenoon and proceed at once to their future homes, up the Tobique River some seven miles where the settlement commences and extends to New Stonehaven.  ”

About 210 colonists sailed April 30-May 14, 1874, arriving in Andover, New Brunswick about May 16, 1874.

Thirteen-year-old William Cumming tells the story of the voyage across the Atlantic and up the St. John River to Upper Kintore here.

At the 75th anniversary of the Upper Kintore Church on September 1, 1968, it was noted in the church bulletin: “Miss Elsie Innes is the last living survivor, who came over from Scotland in May, 1874 on S. S. Sidonian, with a passenger list of 219, who settled in Upper Kintore, Bon Accord and S. Tilley. She is now 95 years of age, and resides in a Rest Home, Portland, Oregon.”