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Community Research

 Unveiling of the Robert Burns statue in Stanley Park, 1928.

Recognizing that members of the public throughout BC have expertise in a number of different areas concerning the history of Scotland and in particular of Scots in BC, the Centre aims to provide a forum where their work can be made available to a wider public.  Previously unpublished materials (or published works with copyright permission for reprinting) will be featured on this site.  For further information or to inquire about submission, please contact the Director, Leith Davis at leith@sfu.caor phone 778 782-4833.

Speech from the Community Research Forum, written by Bob Barr. April 2009: The Burns Club of Vancouver


The book is self-published by Raymond Eagle and printed by Friesens of Altona, Manitoba on high quality paper. It has a soft-cover and is 8-1/2” by 11” with 96 pages. The price is $20 plus postage where applicable.  To order the book, contact Raymond Eagle by email (r.eagle@telus.net) or phone (604-886-7444).

Here is a selection of photographs plus the cover. I have taken the photos over several years on my visits to the West Coast of Scotland and the Inner and Outer Hebrides. There are approximately 100 photos of various sizes from full-plate to 1/4 page. It includes some historical text and four biographical profiles that I wrote for "The Highlander" magazine: Marjory Kennedy-Fraser, who researched and published the three volume "Songs of the Hebrides"; Sir Hugh Roberton who founded and conducted the famous Glasgow Orpheus Choir; the Rev. Kenneth MacLeod who collaborated with Kennedy-Fraser, and also wrote "The Road to the Isles", and Seton Gordon the naturalist/historian whose biography I wrote, which was published in Scotland in 1990. The words at the bottom L/H of the cover are from "The Uist Tramping Song", which was written by Hugh Roberton and is quoted in full in the book. The scene is shot from Sleat at the southern end of Skye looking north to the Cuillin Hills, with the ruins of Dunscaith Castle in the mid-foreground.

Ardnamurchan Point in a Force 10 gale


Eilean Donan Sunset

Fingal's Cave

Loch Long


Trotternish Ridge, Skye

Loch Shiel