A Flash of Tartan: Scottish Identity in Scotland and the Diaspora – Historypin and Facebook


I have been on Historypin now for a few years, and find it a most wonderful forum for historical photographs. In the past I have just posted some old photos and postcards from my own personal collection. But of course there are a number of people and organisations who have been using this for far more reaching goals of interacting with the public and using their collections in a more meaningful way. Awesome.

I had been thinking about the reach and possibilities of historypin for my own research interests, and have finally decided to start a new collection on my channel on history pin. I am calling it: A Flash of Tartan: Scottish Identity in Scotland and the Diaspora.

This is how I describe it on historypin:
This collection attempts to map and place on a timeline expressions of Scottish identity. As Scots have moved around the world and built their lives in new places they have undertaken ways of expressing their Scottish heritage, culture and identity. From the erecting of statues to Robert Burns, Walter Scott or local Scottish heroes, to the celebration of Scottish events like Caledonian/Highland Games, St Andrew’s Day or Burns Night, or a flash of Tartan, Scots have proudly expressed themselves as such.

I am starting this collection with my own collection of images taken over the years, and pulled from old newspapers, and the Archives of the St Andrew’s Society of Montreal (which I am archivist and historian) to illustrate the continuing Scottish cultural life.

This being said- I welcome submissions for this project. Would love to have a fuller image of Scots cultural life and expression worldwide.


I have also created a Facebook Page for the project.  It will serve much as the Historypin channel as a place where the diaspora can seen expressing Scottish identity, and celebrating the history of the diaspora as well.  I am hoping that the Facebook page can be a place of exploration and communication between the various Scottish communities worldwide.

My wider goals is that the channel and the Facebook page can be a places where people interested in Scots and their expressions of identity worldwide can go for a visual and temporal view of Scots. Of course as my collection gets larger I plan to subdivide the Historypin channel into themes such as Burns statues, highland games, burns suppers, etc. But right now I am just dealing with my own material. I will then add stuff from the St Andrew’s Society of Montreal archives, and other material submitted, or images found online.

All help and submissions gratefully accepted.

Email me at gilliandoctor@gmail.com

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