History Scotland


Scotland and Canada share a lengthy history, dating back to 1624 when James VI offered a number of baronetcies to his loyal landowners. These land grants were in Nova Scotia. In order to fulfil the qualifications of receiving crown land, the receiver was to stand on his plot of land and declare allegiance to the king. The distance involved called for some creativity and so King James VI/I declared a portion of Edinburgh castle as ‘Nova Scotia’ so that the potential landowners could stand on this ‘portion of Nova Scotia’ and declare their allegiance without having to travel to the colonies.

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The 84th regiment of foot was raised in Fort Edward, Province of New York, from Scottish soldiers who had served in the Seven Years’ War and stayed in North America. This resulted in the 84th regiment of foot (1756-63) being one of the oldest regiments, with some of the most experienced officer corps in the colonies. The 84th regiment of foot was key to protecting Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces during the Revolutionary War.

After the Revolutionary War, soldiers in the Scottish regiments who had remained loyal to the crown

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