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Gavin Hay and Gordon Sponagle, Venture Scouts in Menstrie, Scotland, came to
Nova Scotia in August, 1993 to fulfill two
requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award: a hike/canoe/bike
expedition over 50 miles with other Scouts, and research of historical
links between Menstrie and Nova Scotia.
They were sponsored by the Provincial Scout Office and Kings District, and
hosted by Commissioner David Cameron, Past President of the
Clan Cameron Society of Nova Scotia, Laurie Alders,
and First Centerville Venturer Company.
Gavin and Gordon biked, hiked and camped in western
completing expedition requirements in Kejimkujik Park. They gave
enjoyable slide presentations and talks about Menstrie Castle to
enthusiastic parents, Venturers and community folk.
They explored the Habitation and Fort Ann at Port Royal, and took pictures
of the cairn, the Original Charter and the information
Sir William Alexander there.
In Pictou, "The Birthplace of New Scotland," they
read pertinent books and visited the Hector Quay exhibit and replica of ship
Hector which brought the first Highland emigrants to
Nova Scotia in 1773.
At the Hector Centre in Pictou, they viewed a
replica of the "Wall of the Baronets" on display in the Nova Scotia
Commemoration Room in Menstrie Castle. This wall displays shields of 109
Baronets of Nova Scotia.
(In July 1973, seven Baronets of Nova Scotia had attended the Hector
bicentennial celebrations there.)
In Halifax they researched links with Menstrie
at Public Archives, then visited the Victoria Park cairn. They met with
MLA George Archibald and Speaker of the House at Government House.
Impressed with our weather, Gavin and Gordon often commented "It's
brilliant!" Hon. T. G. D. Galbraith, Parliamentary Secretary of State for
Scotland, noted: "If Menstrie castle had to go, it could not have gone to
a more beautiful or appropriate place, but I am glad that it has been left
standing where it has stood, impregnable, for four centuries."
Copyright (C) 1993: Janet MacKay
Principal, MacKay Research Associates
[Copyright (C) 1996]