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Fraser's Scottish Annual
Brief Chronicle 1900


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 College.

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.

MAY 17.—Mafeking relieved.

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.

AUG.22.—Seventh annual 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 Bute died.

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.


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