From: Diana Cosby [mailto:wulfe6@...
Sent: July 1, 2001 3:49 AM
Subject: [albanach] First Canadian Degree in Piping
For anyone interested, this was posted in The Rampant Scotland
"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.