A Scottish CALENDAR in Australia 2017

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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.
For details see:

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(Fri) July 21, 1796
221st (2017) Anniversary of Robert Burns death, Dumfries, Scotland - Robert Burns International Toast
Robert Burns was born into a farming family at Alloway in Ayrshire in 1759. He died in Dumfries at the early age of 37 on 21 July 1796. Yet in that short time he had taken the Scottish literary world by storm, and had secured a place for himself in history and in legend.

So, raise a glass of your favourite dram and participate in the Robert Burns International Toast on 21 July. Facing Alloway, Scotland, make the first toast to Robert Burns birthplace, then to Dumfries, Scotland, to toast his life.
(Thur) 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.
Thur 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 All Scotch was originally made from malted barley.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.
Fri 28 - Sun 30 July
International Highland Dancing Championships
Niagara Park, Gosford, NSW
Mon August 14
SAHC Committee meeting - All members welcome
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney (2nd floor)
Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
Thur 17 – Sun 20 August
Scots in the Bush festival
Boondooma Homestead, Boondooma, Qld
(Sat) September 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."'
Sun September 10
Armadale Highland Gathering and Perth Kilt Run
Armadale, WA
(Mon) September 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.
Sat 16 – Sun 17 September
Pipe Bands Australia National Conference
Melbourne, Vic
Sat September 16
Clans on the Coast Celtic Festival
Nelson Bay, NSW
Sat October 7
Canberra Highland Gathering
Kett Street, Kambah, Canberra, ACT
Sun October 8
SAHC Committee meeting (Canberra)- All members welcome
10:00am - 12noon
Poppy's Cafe, War Memorial, Treloar Crescent, Campbell, ACT
Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
Sat October 14
Collie Clan Gathering
Collie, WA
Inaugural Gathering of Clan Elliot in Australia and Clan Highland Gathering
Sat November 5
Central Coast Scottish Spectacular
The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford, NSW
(Mon) November 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.
Sat November 25
St Andrew’s Night - Port Adelaide Caledonian Society
189 Semaphore Road, Exeter, South Australia
Sun November 26 - TBC
St Andrews Day - Kirkin' o' the Tartan services in Canberra and Sydney - All welcome
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.
Clan Banner bearers, please arrive in time to marshal.

Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
Thur November 30
St Andrews Day celebrations
St Andrew's Day, 30 November, is the feast day of St Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland.
Sun December 2
St Andrews Day Ball
St Andrews Society of WA
Perth, WA
Mon December 11
SAHC Committee meeting - All members welcome
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Castlereagh Hotel, 169 Castlereagh St, Sydney (2nd floor)
Contact: Susan Cooke, info {at} scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au
Mon December 25
Merry Christmas = Nollaig Chridheil
Sun 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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