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Antigonish Highland Society

Antigonish Highland Society Membership

Membership

Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Antigonish Highland Games

Cultural Events

Community Programs

Community Programs

Youth Programs

Youth Programs

Our History

The Antigonish Highland Society was founded on April 22nd of 1861, by a group of our Scottish forefathers to aid the poor and needy, to promote the improvement and general welfare of our native country and to preserve the national spirits, dress, music, customs and traditions of the Caledonians; to perpetuate the language, literature and athletics of Scotland.

The all-male (at the time) society adopted a uniform that consisted of a plaid and bonnet. They celebrated their culture at picnics, dinners, Highland balls and held meetings to discuss how to best promote their traditions. The first celebration was a dinner held on St. Andrew’s Day on November 30th of 1861. Honouring the patron saint of Scotland has been one of the important traditions that the Society has preserved since its inception.

In the past, the challenges have been many, yet the descendants of the first Caledonians have survived and prospered. Today, their descendants can be found through Antigonish County and beyond.

The Antigonish Highland Society continues to promote and preserve the dress, music, customs, traditions, language, literature and athletics of the Caledonians and Scotland. The Society, largely through the initiative of Rod J. Chisholm, influenced the Town of Antigonish decision to dub the community “The Highland Heart of Nova Scotia.”

Our Vision

To be a community organization that serves past, present and future generation of Gaels. We are providers of and advocates for authentic living expressions of Highland Scottish heritage.

To create a living and vibrant Scottish culture in Antigonish and be the conduit for the North American Gael to their heritage.

2022 Current Board of Directors

board photo

Pictured above are 2022 Antigonish Highland Society Board Members; Top row-left to right: Paul Boyd, Bill Fraser, Tyler MacKisoc, Paul MacGillivray, Joe MacDonald and David Smith; Bottom row-left to right: Harley MacCaull, Gerarda MacDonald, Carol Anne MacKenzie and Peter MacKenzie 

Missing from photo: Gerardine MacLean, Robert Cochrane and Darren Thompson

Bill Fraser

Chief

Carol Anne MacKenzie

President

Joe MacDonald

Vice President

Harley MacCaull

Treasurer

Gerardine MacLean

Secretary

Robert Cochrane

Director

Duncan MacDonald

Director

Paul Boyd

Director

Gerarda MacDonald

Director

Paul MacGillivray

Director

Peter MacKenzie

Director

Darren Thompson

Director

Tyler Mackisoc

Director

Past Presidents (Since 1950)

  • Bill Fraser –  (2020-2021) 
  • Robert Cochrane – 2018/2019
  • Harley MacCaull – 2017/2018
  • Paul Boyd – 2016
  • Joanne Smith – 2015
  • Ronald B. Chisholm -2014
  • Iain Boyd – 2013
  • Irene MacLeod (Deceased) – 2012, 2011
  • Robert Cochrane – 2010
  • Danny Gillis Jr. – 2009, 2008
  • Carole Gillies – 2007
  • Darren Thompson – 2006
  • Leo MacDougall – 2005
  • Robert Murray – 2004, 2003
  • John D. Beaton – 2002
  • Terry Penny – 2001
  • Charlene MacFarlane – 2000
  • Dave MacLean – 1999
  • Ronald B. Chisholm – 1998
  • Rod J. Chisholm (Deceased) – 1997
  • Gerry Gillis – 1996
  • Iain Boyd – 1995
  • Tom MacIsaac – 1994
  • Ronald B. Chisholm – 1993
  • Dr. John Hamilton – 1992
  • Dave MacLean – 1991
  • Martin MacDonald – 1990
  • Ronald A. MacDonald – 1989
  • Leo MacDonald – 1988
  • Liz Chisholm – 1987
  • Dan MacInnes – 1986
  • Tom MacIsaac – 1985
  • A.G. MacDonald (Deceased) – 1984
  • Donald Beaton – 1983
  • Dr. William Shaw (Deceased) – 1982
  • Bill Kiley – 1981
  • Wilena Penny (Deceased) – 1980
  • John Ross (Deceased) – 1979
  • Donald Beaton – 1978
  • Joe C. MacLellan – 1977
  • Daniel P. Gillis (Deceased) – 1976
  • J.K. MacDonald (Deceased) – 1975
  • James Fraser – 1974
  • Dr. Ray MacLean (Deceased) – 1973
  • Rod J. Chisholm (Deceased) – 1972
  • Donald MacNeil (Deceased) – 1971
  • William MacIntosh (Deceased) – 1970
  • Terrance Thompson (Deceased) – 1969
  • D. Charles MacDougall (Deceased) – 1968
  • Leo Chisholm – 1967
  • John Hugh MacKenzie (Deceased) – 1966, 1965
  • Ernest MacNaughton (Deceased) – 1964
  • Bill Chisholm (Deceased) – 1963
  • C.I.N. MacLeod (Deceased) – 1962
  • Howard MacDougall (Deceased) – 1961
  • Ernie Gourley (Deceased) – 1960
  • Hugh J. MacPherson (Deceased) – 1959
  • Gerald Cunningham (Deceased) – 1958
  • Donald Gillis (Deceased) – 1957
  • Carvel MacIntosh (Deceased) – 1956
  • Rod C. Chisholm (Deceased) – 1955
  • Percy Archibald (Deceased) – 1954
  • Alex J. MacDonald (Deceased) – 1953
  • J.R. Kirk Jr. (Deceased) – 1952
  • Angus R. MacDonald (Deceased) – 1951
  • Roy Cunningham (Deceased) – 1950