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Scottish Diaspora Tapestry


The James McCowan Memorial 
Social History Society

A Not-For-Profit
Non-Charitable Organization
Dedicated To Placing the
Scottish Experience
Within the Wider Context
of the Community

Keeping Canada's Scottish heritage
both vibrant and valued through
publications, historic walks,
talks and other projects.

And in Partnership with
The Scarboro Heights Record


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The ordinary Scots in the eighteenth century typically shared their primitive rural dwelling with their livestock. A crude log cabin protected the early Scottish settler from the wild animals of the Canadian forest. The Maple tree, made famous in Canada by Alexander Muir from Scotland, camouflages the distinction between Scotland and Canada -- the cultural and economic ties between the old country and the new remained profoundly strong for several generations and should, today, be energetically renewed through appreciation of a common heritage.


Now Available from The McCowan Society... "The Lowland Clearances": The Book, by Peter Aitchison and Andrew Cassell -- more of the data that was gathered for the acclaimed three-part BBC Radio Scotland Series. Including interviews with descendants of Scarborough's Scottish families (Tuckwell Press) $29.00. Order a copy... This publication is a followup to the BBC-Radio Scotland series. The McCowan Society was pleased to help with this exciting investigation into a little-known but dramatic socio-economic disruption in Scotland.


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