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"Our Scottish Heritage" Symposium

Originally founded in 1989 as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the coming of the first group of Highland Scots to North Carolina, the "Our Scottish Heritage" Symposium has provided an unparalleled opportunity for persons interested in Scottish and Scottish-American history and culture to learn from top scholars in their fields. The Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symposium provides a forum for study and interaction for anyone interested in Scottish history, culture, and tradition.

2015 Symposium

The 2015 Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Weekend Symposium, Awards Banquet and Concert will be March 20 - 22 on the St. Andrews University Campus. The Annual Kirkin' of the Tartans Service will be held on March 22 at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.

This year's speakers include Dr. Eric Graham, Dr. Mary Wayne Watson, Mr. Robert Currie, and our own Bill Caudill.

For detailed biographies and additional details, view the 2015 Symposium Brochure.

About the awards

The 25th Anniversary of our event marked the beginning of a new tradition of awards to be given at our annual awards banquet. The Saltire Award will be given annually to an individual, group, or organization which has made an outstanding contribution to the preservation and interpretation of Scottish history and culture. The Pine and Thistle Award will be given as warranted to an individual, group, or organization within the Carolinas who have represented the legacy of the Scottish settlers of the Carolinas through their work.

The Saltire Award for 2015 will be given to Mr. Robert Currie.


The 2014 event included several impressive presentations. Dr. Bruce Durie was kind enough to share two of his for posting.

Who needs a Genealogist? "How to Re-Cross the Atlantic: Approaching Problems in Scottish Genealogy"

"Scottish Roots and How to Dig Them Up"

Would you like to be kept informed about our upcoming events? Send us your email or mailing address and we will add you to our interest list. Please contact:


Bill Caudill


Scottish Heritage Center

St. Andrews University

1700 Dogwood Mile

Laurinburg, North Carolina 28352

(910) 277-5236


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