Established in 1768

For the benefit of ourselves and assistance of each other, who may be afflicted with disease or any other casualty or misfortune.

The North British Society of Halifax was established in 1768 to support the Scottish and Gaelic community in Halifax at a time when Scottish immigration to Halifax was at its height.

About the Fund

The Scots was founded 250 years ago to support the needs of Scottish and Gaelic ancestors in the new land after the final defeat of Highland Clans during the Jacobite rising at the Battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746.  English persecution of the Scottish Highlanders and hard economic times forced many Gaels and Scots to leave Scotland, braving the treacherous Atlantic crossing to settle in Nova Scotia. Today, The Scots is the oldest Scottish cultural society outside of the United Kingdom.

The Scots support groups such as the 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe Band and The Scots’ Highland Cadet Corps, Its scholarships support both formal and community-based learning with annual scholarships given to Dalhousie University and Citadel High School students, as well as bursaries for youth studying Gaelic and Gaelic Arts through Colaisde na Gaidhlig – The Gaelic College.

The Scots help to perpetuate Scottish and Gaelic culture through public events such as the annual Veronica MacIsaac Apparel fashion show, the highland dance troop Change of Step and their production East Coast Celtic, the Halifax Celtic Festival, and the annual Robbie Burns Ski Day at Wentworth.

The Scots also hold the stewardship of Victoria Park and have erected monuments of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Sir William Alexander. 

More information about The Scots can be found at

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If you are interested in applying for funding, please click on the link below.

The deadline for applications is September 13.

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If you wish to donate to this fund, donations of up to $500 can be made by clicking on the button below to go to the CanadaHelps donation page. 

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For donations over $500, please contact the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia at