Happy St Andrew’s Day November 30 Nationwide – USA Saint Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. Celebrate St Andrew’s Day (or in Scottish Gaelic ‘Là Naomh Anndrais’), Scotland’s patron saint!
GET THE LATEST ON THE 12 DEC GENERAL ELECTION: www.ScottishPolitics.info/elections
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opens Scotland's first ever university-style campus for disabled learners in Leith www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/education/first-minister-nicola-sturgeon-opens-scotlands-first-ever-university-style-campus-disabled-learners-leith-919908
BBC News | Glasgow has been listed as the top cultural and creative centre in the UK in a report from the European Commission. Following in the top five were London, Bristol, Brighton and Manchester, with Edinburgh just missing out in sixth place. Dundee was the next Scottish city to be ranked, coming in 12th. Glasgow came first for "openness, tolerance and trust" and "cultural participation and attractiveness". The study ranks 190 cities in 30 European countries on various factors. www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-50316325
12 Nov 1869 - THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY Edinburgh University first admitted women to the study of medicine. Sophia Jex-Blake, was the first practicing female doctor in Scotland and led the campaign as a student to secure women access to a University education for herself and six other women, collectively known as the Edinburgh Seven. Though Jex-Blake passed her exams, she was not allowed to graduate as regulations prevented women from actually serving on the wards. Petitions to the management failed to convince them to change the rules. Jex-Blake eventually managed to obtain her licence from the Dublin College of Physicians, and devoted her life to promoting the cause of female medicine, together with an active role in the women's suffrage movement. MORE ABOUT JEX-BLAKE: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_Jex-Blake MORE ABOUT THE EDINBURGH SEVEN: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh_Seven
Where is the Respect for Scotland? It does not exist. www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMQZUAmd93E
John Bercow, recently retired speaker of the House of Commons (UK Parliament), is speaking out. Bercow believes former Prime Minister David Cameron thinks he was born to rule. He also said the public was not demanding a Brexit referendum but Cameron did it just to quiet those in his party. www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/09/john-bercow-david-cameron-born-to-rule-brexit-referendum?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR0W6gKN9M6aZa_j2cxJOiyvkBzEm_4PIWRrWHV9gHwYixZgUO3MZe2Xp2Y
General Election: Nicola Sturgeon lists demands to Jeremy Corbyn. - The National. www.thenational.scot/news/18025489.general-election-nicola-sturgeon-lists-demands-jeremy-corbyn/
12 DEC - UK GENERAL ELECTION for the UK Parliament. www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRxUhGetEPQ
The Balmoral Classic November 16 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA Pittsburgh, PA PA United States An annual event held In Pittsburgh each Fall, featuring the US Junior Solo Bagpiping and Drumming Championships, plus an Evening Concert with internationally recognized Celtic performance ensemble Eabhal. balmoralschoolofpiping.org/balmoral-classic/
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This is the best live feed we can find at the moment. Due to high internet traffic the feed is off and on. Also full rally videos on www.IndyRef2020.com after. youtu.be/SwdoHQ2FKoo
The people are gathering... LIVE VIDEO from George Square, Glasgow for IndyRef2020 Rally. YES for Scottish Independence!
A few minutes ago from George Square, Glasgow. It's early but people are starting to gather at the #IndyRef2020 Rally.
The Campaign for the Independence Referendum 2020 (IndyRef2020) kicks off Saturday. Watch for live broadcast posted here.
NEW BREXIT DEADLINE: January 31, 2020 or Dec 1 or Jan 1 IF the UK Parliament passes Boris Johnson's Brexit Deal. Now discussions turn to holding a new General Election. BREXIT NEWS: www.scottishamerican.org/politics/brexit
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1740 October 29 Diarist and biographer James Boswell was born in Parliament Square, Edinburgh. He is best known for his account of the life of his friend Samuel Johnson - considered by many to be the best biography written in the English language. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Boswell
November 9 - 10 The Scottish American's HOMETOWN FESTIVAL: Mississippi Celtic Music Festival and Scottish Highland Games. On the Beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast (resort & beaches oh yeah!). Located between New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama. www.mshighlandsandislands.org
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1880 October 28 Dr Henry Faulds, a Scots medical missionary from Beith, Ayrshire, published a letter in “Nature” giving the first evidence of the uniqueness of fingerprinting and its forensic potential in police work. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Faulds
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1562 October 28 The Battle of Corrichie was fought near Meikle Tap, Aberdeenshire between the forces of George Gordon, 4th early of Huntly and Chief of Clan Gordon against the army of Mary Queen of Scots. The Gordons were defeated. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Corrichie
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1922 October 28 Novelist Cliff Hanley was born in Glasgow. He wrote the words to the tune Scotland the Brave and, using the pen-name Henry Calvin, he achieved success in the US and Canada for a series of thrillers. VIDEO: youtu.be/_96v_SFEz6E WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Hanley SCOTLAND THE BRAVE: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland_the_Brave
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1794 October 28 Dr Robert Liston was born in West Lothian. He was a pioneering surgeon known as the ‘fastest knife in the West’ for his speed and skill at amputations at a time when time was a major factor in reducing pain and survival of patients. He was the first person to carry out a surgical operation in Britain with the aid of anaesthetic. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Liston
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1854 October 27 William Alexander Smith, founder of the Boys’ Brigade, was born in Thurso. The Boys Brigade is a world-wide Christian youth scouts organization. As of 2018, there were 750,000 Boys' Brigade members in 60 countries. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Alexander_Smith_(Boys%27_Brigade)
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1728 October 27 Captain James Cook, who made the first detailed maps of Newfoundland, was the first recorded European to make contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, as well as being the first European to circumnavigate New Zealand, was born in Yorkshire to Scottish parents. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cook
Robert Burns - 1 hour BBC Radio Interview discussing the work of one of Scotland's greatest writer-poets. Round-table discussion with Murray Pittock of Univ of Glasgow, Robert Crawford of Univ of St Andrews, and Fiona Stafford of Univ of Oxford. www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0009kkn
Sat, Nov 2nd, Glasgow -- Nicola Sturgeon to speak at a IndyRef2020, kicking off the campaign for a new independence referendum, hosted by the pro-indy newspaper The National. This will mark the first time the SNP leader has addressed a public independence rally since 2014. The First Minister said: “I’m really looking forward to speaking at the #indyref2020 rally in George Square next Saturday afternoon – and I hope people from all over the country will come together and make Scotland’s voice heard.” www.thenational.scot/news/17992136.join-sturgeon-demand-indyref2-nationals-rally/
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1911 October 26 Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean, considered by many as one of the major Scottish poets of the modern era, was born on the island of Raasay. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorley_MacLean
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1796 October 24 Artist David Roberts, best known for his large oil paintings, depicting of Egypt and a favourite of Queen Victoria was born in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Roberts_(painter)
Ian Blackford states: "Boris Johnson’s own #BrexitBill says that he needs the consent of the Scottish Parliament."
TODAY A NEW AND INTERESTING DEVELOPMENT ON BREXIT was made by Ian Blackford, a Scottish MP in the UK Parliament (House of Commons) and leader of the Scottish National Party in the Commons. We shall be watching this closely to see how things develop.
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1940 October 23 Poet, dramatist, jazz innovator and champion of the Scottish arts scene from the 1960s onwards, Tom McGrath was born in Rutherglen, Glasgow. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_McGrath_(playwright)
November 1-3 Moab, Utah USA Scots on the Rocks Moab Celtic Festival www.ScotsOnTheRocksMoab.org
Legislation to hold referendums in Scotland is currently passing through the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, however an independence referendum would require a Section 30 order from Westminster. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister and head of government has stated she will ask for a Section 30 order within weeks. READ ARTICLE: www.thenational.scot/news/17965373.nicola-sturgeon-request-section-30-order-matter-weeks/
Boris Johnson gets new Brexit Deal with the EU, BUT... he has to get it through the UK Parliament and also the EU Parliament must agree.. The EU has signaled they will not allow a deadline extension. The DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) of Northern Ireland, where the main sticking point has been, has refused their support. It is expected the UK Parliament will sit in a special Saturday session to debate the issue. www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EXG2Ir6QUM MORE BREXIT NEWS & BACKGROUND INFO ON OUR WEBSITE: www.ScottishAmerican.org/politics#brexitstorm
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1995 October 17 The island of Skye was connected to the mainland with the opening of the Skye Bridge. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skye_Bridge
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1921 October 17 George Mackay Brown, considered one of the greatest Scottish poets of the 20th century, was born in Stromness. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Mackay_Brown
GET THE LATEST BREXIT NEWS... things have heated up and with deadlines looming we are seeing historic political events taking place in the UK directly effecting Scotland and support for Scottish Independence. Watch history in the making... www.scottishamerican.org/politics#brexitstorm
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1686 October 15 Poet, playwright and leading light of the Scottish Enlightenment Allan Ramsay, father of the famous painter Allan Ramsay, was born in Lanarkshire. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Ramsay_(poet)
Charleston Scottish Games November 2 Mt Pleasant, SC SC United States Drawing visitors from around the country and abroad, the Games brings in over 6,000 guests, immersing visitors in Scottish heritage and history at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. www.CharlestonScottishGames.com
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1713 October 13 Celebrated portrait painter Allan Ramsay, son of the poet of the same name, was born in Edinburgh. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Ramsay_(artist)
Oct 10, 2019 - Declaration for Independence It is the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of government best suited to their needs. (A Claim of Right for Scotland, 1989) Guiding principles for a new and better Scotland It is the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of government best suited to their needs, now and in the future. In all political deliberations, decisions and actions their interests should be paramount. Scotland should be an open and democratic society in which no individual is excluded, oppressed or discriminated against on account of their race, colour, faith, origin or place of birth, physical or mental capacity, sex, sexuality, gender or language. Scotland should have a written constitution which clearly lays out the rights of its citizens, the country’s system of government and the relationships that exist between government, its instruments and powers and the rights of individual citizens. Scotland should take its place as an independent country on the world stage, free to join international organisations and alliances for purposes of trade and commerce, and for the protection and care of the planet’s natural environment, without which the human race cannot survive. Scotland…
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1802 October 10 Geologist, folklorist and writer Hugh Miller was born on the Black Isle, Cromarty. Although he had not formal academic education Miller is today considered one of Scotland’s premier palaeontologists. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Miller
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1774 October 8 Rev Henry Duncan, founder of the world's first savings bank set up to help the poor which laid the foundations of the modern system, was born in the Manse at Lochrutton. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Duncan_(minister)
Oct 5 - 200,000 Scots march for independence in Edinburgh. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj3vlTeGB_I
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1883 October 4 The Boys’ Brigade, a Christian youth scouts organization, was founded in Glasgow and went on to become a global movement working with millions of children round the world. As of 2018, there were 750,000 Boys' Brigade members in 60 countries. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boys%27_Brigade
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1780 October 4 African explorer Alexander Gordon Laing, who, in 1826, was the first European to reach Timbuktu was born in Edinburgh. Timbuktu is an ancient city in Mali. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Gordon_Laing
Stone Mountain Highland Games October 18 - October 20 Stone Mountain – USA Stone Mountain, Georgia USA The impressive mix of sights and sounds of a Scottish Highland Games presented in a uniquely southern style at Stone Mountain Park. www.smhg.org/
FREE ONLINE COURSE from the University of Aberdeen starts October 7th. www.futurelearn.com/courses/walter-scott
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1594 October 3 The Battle of Glenlivet was fought between George Gordon, Earl of Huntly, with 2,000 Highlanders from the Clans Gordon. Hay, Comyn and Cameron against a Royalist force under 7th Earl of Argyll, consisting of 10,000 troops from Clans Campbell, Murray, Stewart, Forbes, Macgillivray, Maclean, Grant, Chattan and MacIntosh. Despite being outnumbered 5-1 the rebels won. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Glenlivet
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1854 October 2 Sociologist, biologist, geographer, philanthropist and pioneering town planner Patrick Geddes born in Ballater, Aberdeenshire. He is known for his innovative thinking in the fields of urban planning and sociology. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Geddes
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1852 October 2 Winner of the 1904 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Sir William Ramsay, who discovered the gases helium, xenon, neon, argon, radon and krypton, was born in Glasgow. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Ramsay
Seaside Highland Games October 12 - October 13 Ventura, California USA The premier Scottish event on the Central California Coast at Seaside Park. seaside-games.com
Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games & Festival October 12 Indianapolis, Indiana USA indyscotgamesandfest.com/
Oct 11 - 19 - Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada Celtic Colours International Festival is a Celtic music festival held annually in October in communities all over Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Canada. 2019 Video Overview: youtu.be/e88JRMSa2aA Website: celtic-colours.com Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCzU1_TJC2trb7zbhCqAT33g
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY - 1568 October 1 The Bannatyne Manuscript, the most extensive anthology of 15th and 16th century Scottish poetry was published by George Bannatyne, an Edinburgh merchant. WIKIPEDIA: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bannatyne_Manuscript
Radford Highlanders Festival October 12 Radford, VA VA United States The festival will feature: The famed heavyweight games; Sheepherding; live entertainment; food; vendors, and festivities for all ages at the Radford University. www.radford.edu/content/festival/home.html
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