Thursday, June 13, 2019

BC Highland Games - Coquitlam, BC - Sat. June 15th, 2019

See you at the BC Highland Games, June 15th - LaFarge Lake Park, Coquitlam.



Manitoba, Canada - official tartan. 
(Public domain image, Mr Absurd; Wikipedia.)


Take the Skytrain.

Lots of activities and things to see.

More info: https://bchighlandgames.com


Here's a British Columbia Scottish snippet from my paper research files.

Mick McMillan was "still able to dance the Highland reels as of old" on his 95th birthday, according to this Vancouver Sun report. Mick was originally from South Uist, Scotland, had come to BC about 50 years before and farmed in Glen Valley (Langley area) until his retirement in 1924. 

His birthday was celebrated at D. Johnston's home in Vancouver, possibly the Duncan Johnson who played the pipes at the party. 

Vancouver Sun, 21 September, 1929, page 1. 

Note: 
I've used the Manitoba tartan here to celebrate my Scottish maternal and paternal immigrants, who emigrated to Canada and whose descendants ended up in Manitoba, and later British Columbia.  

Manitoba's tartan, designed in 1962 by Hugh Kirkwood Rankine, was officially adopted that year. The red refers to the Red River Colony, and the blue, to the Clan Douglas tartan. The green lines represent the many peoples of Manitoba, and the gold represents the importance of the province's agricultural history.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Year ago, it seems, I participated in a web exchange on "BOOKS FOR A DESERT ISLAND-25 volumes". I've been combing through my old files for paper to cull, and found my list. 

The interesting thing to me was - it's still a great list for me. Although if I can have 30 or 50 (!), I'd now add a lot more Canadian and women writers.



Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. Published in The Adventure of Silver Blaze, which appeared in The Strand Magazine in December 1892, with the caption "HOLMES GAVE ME A SKETCH OF THE EVENTS." Artist, Sidney Paget. Courtesy Wikipedia

  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • An English translation of The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss (childhood favourite)
  • The Canterbury Tales, in Middle English, by Geoffrey Chaucer (a well annotated edition)
  • Collected Poems of Robert Burns
  • Collected Poems of William Wordsworth
  • Beowulf, translation by Frederick Rebsamen or Seamus Heaney
  • Any Dr Doolittle, by Hugh Lofting (childhood favourites)
  • Lord Peter Takes The Case (four Wimsey novels) by Dorothy Sayers
  • War & Peace, (in English) by Leo Tolstoy-always meant to read it again
  • The Annotated Alice, (Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass) by Lewis Carroll, edited by Martin Gardner
  • Shakespeare: Complete Works, Arden edition, edited by Richard Proudfoot, Ann Thompson, David Scott Kaston.
  • images Stone: B.C. ---Thirty Centuries of Northwest Coast Indian Sculpture, by Wilson Duff
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2 volumes)
  •  A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, by Mary Wollstonecraft
  •  Memoirs of Mary Wollstonecraft, by William Godwin
  •  London Labour and the London Poor, Henry Mayhew (4 volumes)
  •  Les Miserables, in French, by Victor Hugo
  •  A really good French dictionary
  •  Shorter? Oxford English Dictionary ( 2 volumes with magnifier-this could come in handy anyway)
And as then, I’d like these all in really nice editions. Paperbacks wouldn’t last on the island, & I bet even leather bound books (kept as carefully as I could) would outlast me.

And a whole pile of journals and good pencils (and sharpeners) to write about the books.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Sunday Strays and Surnames - Brandt, Neil - Markdale, Ontario, Canada


A very sweet stray photograph from my collection! And for once, some identification of the little ones. 
So often, 'we' forgot to add their names.




On the back pencilled on a short strip of masking tape are the names:

Marguerite Neil

Cecil Neil       Leo Brandt

The children are dressed up for their photograph, and Marguerite has on what looks like a flower corsage. Might this mark her birthday? Or possibly the boys’ christening, although they look a little older than I’d usually expect for that.

Could the children be close cousins or half siblings?

I'm not certain, of course, but the 1911 Canada census does show a Marguerite, age 3, and a Cecil Neil, 10 months old, in Euphemia Township, Grey County, Ontario. The parents of that family are Milton and Ellen. Do contact me if you know this family. 

The photographer was J. C. Kentner, Markdale, Ontario, Canada.