Our society was established in 1768 as the North British Society of Halifax. We were founded at a time when Scottish immigration to Halifax (itself founded in 1749) was at its height.
This followed the final defeat in Scotland of the Jacobite rising at the Battle of Cullodin on 16th of April 1746. English persecution of the Scottish Highlanders and hard economic times forced many Scots to leave Scotland, braving the treacherous Atlantic crossing to settle in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Our society was founded to support the needs of the Scots in the new land. “For the benefit of ourselves and assistance of each other, who may be afflicted with disease or any other casualty or misfortune”. Since 1768 our society has supported the Scottish community in Halifax.
Today, we are the oldest Scottish cultural society in the British Commonwealth outside of the United Kingdom.