Crofters from Argyllshire, Scotland

Tonight: Ancestral Odyssey – The Family Ferguson

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Ancestral Odyssey: A Voyage of Discovery of Our Scottish Ancestors

Jan 17, 2024.   7:00 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time.  

Doug Ferguson traces his voyage of discovery in tracing his Scottish ancestors from Argyllshire and Inverness to Aldborough, Mosa, and Ekfrid, including a memorable visit to Scotland.

Doug grew up in Brooke Township and is a lawyer in London. He taught for many years at the Faculty of Law at Western University, and was president of Covent Garden Market when it was rebuilt in downtown London. He has many connections to Glencoe, including drinking underage at the McKellar House.

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The Gaelic Language – Past, Present and Future

The Gaelic Language – Past, Present and Future

Come out to the beautifully preserved one-room school House in the Tait’s Community to be inspired to learn the Gaelic language. Trevor Aitkens will teach us some basic words and expressions and explain the meaning of familiar given names, surnames and place names in our community.  Or join via Zoom

Gaelic originated in Scotland in 500 AD and was in common use up until the battle of Culloden in 1746. After this point, support waned for the language to the point where it was in danger of becoming extinct.  During the latter half of the 19th century, it was the 3rd most spoken language in Canada and actually had a bill tabled in the Senate to become an official language.

Trevor Aitkens grew up in Brooke township, Lambton County, and lived with his grandmother who spoke Gaelic.  He regrets now that he didn’t take it up at the time. He studied a number of other languages but realized later that he needed to pay homage to his own heritage. Trevor stumbled upon a night school offering in Mississauga in 1998 and took up a 25-year learning period with the language.

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Time: Mar 15, 2023 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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