EVENTS for 2016

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Sydney Society for Scottish History (SSSH) meetings
The monthly meeting of the SSSH is on the third Thursday evening of each month starting at 7:00pm.


Clan Buchanan 1016 - 2016
One Thousand Years a Clan
Contact: Malcolm Buchanan,

July 27, 1689
Battle of Killiekrankie, Killiecrankie, Scotland
The Battle of Killiecrankie was fought between Highland Scottish clans supporting King James VII of Scotland (also known as James II of England) and troops supporting King William of Orange on 27 July 1689, during the first Jacobite uprising. Although it was a stunning victory for the Jacobites, it had little overall effect on the outcome of the war and left their leader dead.
July 27
National Scotch Day, USA and elsewhere too
On July 27, enjoy a dram of fine Scotch whisky as it is National Scotch Day. Scotch is one of the best known whisky types which is produced, labeled, and packaged in a manner specified by strict regulations. Scotch whisky has been produced since the late 15th century. All Scotch was originally made from malted barley. Modern Scotch is made from malt and grain which can be combined in different ways to create blends. There are five distinct types of Scotch: single malt Scotch, single grain Scotch, blended malt Scotch, blended grain Scotch, and blended Scotch. According to regulations, any drink bearing the label “Scotch” mist be distilled in Scotland and aged in oak barrels for at least three years. It must not contain added substances, other than water and plain caramel coloring, and must comprise a minimum 40% ABV (alcohol by volume). There is a number of other, more specific criteria, but these are the main ones.

Note also:
- International Whisky Day on 27 March
- World Whisky Day on 17 May.
July 29 -
August 1
International Highland Dancing Championships
Niagara Park, Gosford, NSW
August 8
 6:30 - 8:30 pm
SAHC Committee meeting
Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney (2nd floor)

Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at}
September 3
Central Coast Gathering of the Clans
Norah Heads Sports Ground, Norah Heads, NSW
Sept 9, 1513
Battle of Flodden, Northumberland, England
On 9 September 1513, the battle was fought in Northumberland, England, between a Scots army under King James IV and an English army. It was an English victory. In terms of troop numbers, it was the largest battle fought between the two Kingdoms. James IV was killed in the battle, becoming the last monarch from the British Isles to suffer such a death, along with 12,000 Scots at the least, including 'the best gentlemen and "flower of Scotland."'
Sept 11, 1297
Battle of Stirling Bridge, Stirling, Scotland
On 11 September 1297, the forces of Andrew Moray and William Wallace defeated the English forces near Stirling on the River Forth.
September 17
Clans on the Coast Celtic Festival
Nelson Bay, NSW
September 18
Armadale Highland Gathering and Perth Kilt Run
Armadale, WA
Septemer 27 - 30
Ninth Australian Conference of Celtic Studies: 'Memory and Foresight in the Celtic World'
University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney, NSW

Contact: Professor Jonathan Wooding, jonathan.wooding {at}

SAHC and its members, along with other organisations in Australia, are helping to raise funds to bring a young scholar from The Society of Antiquaries, Scotland, to participate in the conference.
October 1 - 2
Australian Pipe Band Championships
Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga, NSW
The premiere Australian competition for bagpipe and drum bands held every two years.
October 8
Canberra Highland Gathering
Kett Street, Kambah, Canberra, ACT
October 9
 10:00 am
Scottish Australian Heritage Council committee meeting
Poppy's Cafe, War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell, ACT

Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at}
October 9
Mount Barker Highland Gathering
Keith Stephenson Park, Mount Barker, South Australia
Nov 13, 1715
Battle of Sheriffmuir, Sheriffmuir, Scotland
The Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715 occurred at the height of the Jacobite rebellion led by John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar. The battle was inconclusive, with both sides claiming victory. However, in strategic terms John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, had halted the Jacobite advance.
November 26 TBC
Calum's Ceilidh
2pm, Epping Uniting Church, Oxford St, Epping, NSW
A great time and a fundraiser in support of Scots Gaelic language teaching at Sydney University.
November 27
St Andrews Day - Kirkin' o' the Tartan services in Canberra and Sydney
Kirkin' o' the Tartan (Canberra & Sydney):
  9:30am - St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, State Circle, Forrest, ACT
10:00am - St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney.

Sydney: Tartan Ramble and Emirates Raffle Draw
About 11:30am - March of the Clans, from the corner of Martin Place and Macquarie St, Sydney
12 noon - Tartan Flash Mob and Emirates Airlines raffle draw, Hyde Park, Sydney.

Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at}
November 30
St Andrews Day celebrations
St Andrew's Day, 30 November, is the fast day of St Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland.
December 12
 6:30 - 8:30 pm
SAHC Committee meeting
Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney (2nd floor)

Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at}
December 25
Merry Christmas = Nollaig Chridheil
December 31
Hogmanay celebrations
Happy New Year = Bliadhna mhath ùr
Hogmanay is the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner. However, it is normally only the start of a celebration that lasts through the night until the morning of New Year's Day (1 January). There are many customs, both national and local, associated with Hogmanay. The most widespread national custom is the practice of first-footing, which starts immediately after midnight.

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