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1904RE: [albanach] First Canadian Degree in Piping

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  • Peggy Kemp
    Jul 1, 2001
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      From: Diana Cosby [mailto:wulfe6@...]
      Sent: July 1, 2001 3:49 AM
      To: albanach@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [albanach] First Canadian Degree in Piping

      For anyone interested, this was posted in The Rampant Scotland
      this morning:

      "The local College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts and the
      University of Prince Edward Island have joined forces to provide the
      first Bachelor of Arts degree in piping in Canada (and only the third
      such course in the world - the others are in
      Pittsburgh, Pa. and Glasgow, Scotland)."

      This isn't that surprising, as PEI is one of the first North American
      Scottish settlements. In fact in some areas of the maritimes English is the
      "second language" with Gaelic spoken at home.

      below is a brief biography of Earl Thomas Douglas Selkirk.

      Selkirk succeeded to the Scottish earldom on the death of his father in
      1799, all of his elder brothers having died previously. Believing that the
      hardships of the Scottish Highland peasantry could be alleviated only by
      emigration, he went to Canada in 1803 and established a large settlement on
      Prince Edward Island. In 1810 Selkirk gained control of the Hudson's Bay
      Company, from which, in May 1811, he acquired title to a vast tract of land
      in the Red River valley, near present-day Winnipeg, where he founded a
      settlement of Scotsmen.
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