Kilt Skates … Coming to a Rink Near You! (Well, if you’re in North America)

To read the full history of the Kilt Skate in Canada click here.

From The idea for a kilt skate to celebrate Scottish heritage began in Ottawa in 2014 when the Scottish Society of Ottawa sought a way to commemorate the upcoming bicentennial of the birth of Sir John A. Macdonald, the architect of Confederation and Canada’s first Prime Minister. They approached Don Cummer, who for many years had been skating the Rideau Canal in his kilt each January to celebrate Sir John A’s birthday. Dates and locations follow!

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Iolaire Survivor Grandfather of Catriona MacAulay Mackenzie

Angus Macaulay (back right) with family, including a very young Catriona (middle front row)

The story of the sinking of the HMY Iolaire in the December issue of MacAulay Matters was inspired by Don Mackenzie, husband of Catriona MacAulay Mackenzie who we sadly lost a year ago.

Thanks to Don we now also know that the only surviving MacAulay, Angus Macaulay from Newlands Shader, was Catriona’s grandfather!

Don remembers Angus as a tall, strong man (as you can see from the photo Don shared) which may account for his having made it to the shore that fateful night. Angus passed on June 22, 1970 at the age of 82.