History of The Scots' - North British Society

A Brief History

The Scots: The North British Society was founded in Halifax in 1768 as "The North British Society", or "Scots Club".  Today, the Society flourishes within the Commonwealth of Nations as the oldest Scottish heritage society outside Great Britain.


The founding members, in an era of great economic distress, resolved to be a Society "for the benefit of ourselves and assistance of each other, who may be afflicted with disease or any other casualty or misfortune."  Since 1768, the Society has continued to support the Scottish community in Nova Scotia.


Past Society public activities include the placement of the Robert Burns statue (1919), the Sir Walter Scott bust (1932), and the Sir William Alexander (founder of Nova Scotia) cairn (1957) in Victoria Park, Halifax. 

 

The Annals of the North British Society

In 1868, The Annals of the North British Society were created. James S. MacDonald, having held the office of Secretary of the Society, became acquainted with historic documents, and the Society unanimously resolved that they should be preserved. 300 copies of the first edition were printed, and spanned the first 125 years of the Society's history.  A copy of the first edition of the Annals can be found here.

Today, the Annals are still published, and the latest edition can be ordered from the Scots' Office.

 

Founding Members

The North British Society was formed on March 26th, 1768.  The first meeting was held at the residence of John Taylor, on the corner of Salter and Granville Streets, and the Constitution and By-Laws were adopted.  

 

Articles of the North British Society, to be held at the house where the members of said Society shall think most proper, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to commence from this day, 26th March, 1768.

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A plaque was erected on that spot on  March 26th, 1944, to commemorate the occastion.


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Past Presidents


YEAR

FIRST

LAST

1768-1771

John

Gillespie (BIO)

1772-1776

Peter

McNab

1777

William

Allan

1778-1780

Alex

Brymer

1781

Andrew

McGill

1782

And.

Thomson

1783

Michael

Wallace

1784

Anthony

Stewart

1785

Geo.

Smith

1786

Geo.

Smith

1787

Hon. J.

Halliburton

1788

Hon. Wm.

Forsyth

1789

Dr. D.

Clark

1790

Hon. Alex.

Brymer

1791

Alex

Thomson

1792

Hon. John

Grant

1793

Hon. James

Stewart

1794

Hon. John

Bremner

1795

Chief Jus.

Strange

1796

Hon. Com.

Duncan

1797

Hon. J.

Halliburton

1798

Dr. D.

Clark

1799

John

Bremner

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