JAN. 6.—For the first time
in centuries the Gorsedd Sword, the mystic weapon of the Welsh bards,
was solemnly unscathed on Saturday, 6th January, in a remote spot and
during a heavy storm. At the close of the ceremony the chief bard,
Cowlyd, bare-headed, invoked the blessing of the Almighty on the British
arms in South Africa in the "war against falsehood, iniquity and error,"
and announced that the Gorsedd Sword would never again be seathed till
the triumph of the forces of Righteousness over the hordes of Evil.
JAN. 17.—The Marquis of
Lothian, former keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland and a Scottish
nobleman with many titles and dignities, died.
JAN. 20.—John Ruskin
died, aged 81 years.
JAN. 22.—Rev. Wm.
Patrick, D. D., Dundee, Scotland, accepted the principalship of Manitoba
JAN. 23.—Robert Reid, one
of the most prominent Scotsmen of London, Ont., died.
MAY 12.—Lt.-Col. A. M.
Cosby, C.O., of the 48th Highlanders, Toronto, died.
JUNE 13.—General Assembly
Presbyterian Church of Canada met at Halifax, N.S. Rev. Professor Adam
Pollock, D.D., unanimously elected Moderator.
AUG. 6.—Sons of Scotland
annual games held at Toronto.
AUG. 11.—Caledonian games
held at Montreal.
gathering of the clans held at Belleville by Roby Roy Camp, S.O.S.
AUG. 28.—Cluny Macpherson
of Cluny Macpherson, died.
OCT. 9.—The Marquis of
OCT. 18.—Thanksgiving Day
observed in Canada.
OCT. 00.—Sir Roderick
Cameron of Glengarry and New York, died.
OCT. 31.—The last
meetings of the General Assemblies of the Free Church and of the United
Presbyterian Church were held in Edinburgh prior to entering the United
Free Church of Scotland on the following day.
Nov. 1.—The United Free
Church of Scotland was formed at Edinburgh, Rev. Principal Rainy, D.D.,
of the New College, being elected the first Moderator. The constituting
of this new church was probably the most important event in the
ecclesiastical history of Scotland in the nineteenth century, not
excepting the epochal Disruption of 1843 which resulted in the Free
Church being founded.
Nov. 7.—General election
for the Canadian House of Commons took place resulting in the return to
power of the Liberal party.
Nov. 20.—Sons of Scotland
annual concert in Massey Hall, Toronto.
Nov. 30.—St. Andrew's
anniversary celebrated in Toronto by a grand ball in the Pavilion of the
Horticultural Gardens. Earl Minto (Governor-General of Canada) and
Countess Minto were present and the attendance was very large. The
function was an unqualified social success.