Sun soaked Games a success on the field (Excerpt)

Published in The Casket,  July 17, 2014 Richard MacKenzie, http://www.thecasket.ca/archives/39717 (Excerpt) New to this year’s Games was a tent set-up by Art Health Antigonish [AHA] which displayed their vintage photo project. “We have Highland Games photos but we have everything,” Dorothy Lander, project leader along with John Graham-Pole, said. “I think our earliest photo is […]

Highland Games, multicultural float, c 1970

Highland Games, multicultural float, c 1970. Courtesy of The Casket. Restoration: Anne Louise MacDonald The Gaelic translation (via Catriona Parsons to Jocelyn Gillis): For the glory of God and the good of all humankind.

Highland Society platform members , the Highland Games c 1922, the Elm Grounds

Highland Society platform members , the Highland Games c 1922, the Elm Grounds. The official piper, Angus ‘the Ridge” MacDonald, playing a tune. Courtesy of Antigonish Heritage Museum. Restoration: Kathy Gillis The power of photo restoration, it was only after Kathy Gillis took her “healing brush” to this stained and damaged photo for the production […]

Standing Stone Putt, Highland Games, 1940

Terry Thompson, Standing Stone Putt, Highland Games, 1940. Photographer: Ronnie Jaques. Courtesy of National Archives e01097993   Source: Library and Archives Canada/Ronny Jaques fonds/e010979953 As identified during the 151st Highland Games,  Terry’s brother Gib Thompson is standing to his direct right.  Robby MacDonald, an Industrial Arts teacher, is second from the right.  Different possibilities for the […]

Tossing the caber, Highland Games, 1940

Terry Thompson, Tossing the caber, Highland Games, 1940. Photographer: Ronnie Jaques. Courtesy of National Archives of Canada e10979681. Source: Library and Archives Canada/Ronny Jaques fonds/e010979681   http://www.antigonishhighlandgames.ca/the-scottish-heavy-events/ Caber Toss Out of all of the Scottish heavyweight events, the caber toss is the most known and certainly the most   popular. The competitor must “pick” (pick up) the […]

Antigonish Highland Games, 1961 Piper and children

Antigonish Highland Games, 1961  Piper may be Rannie Kennedy from Dunvegan, Inverness County.  Courtesy of Nova Scotia Archives, No. 12158. Email from Danny Gillis, June 11, 2014: I’d guess this picture was taken in 1961 when the NS Information Bureau sent a photographer to Antigonish during Highland Games week. That photographer took a number of posed […]

Highland Dancers, 1940 Highland Games

1940 Highland Games. L-R: Anna Claire MacGillivray, Mary MacGillivray, Theresa (the Painter) MacDonald, Helen (MacNeil) Brown (hidden), Jean MacNeil, Betty Campbell MacLean, Joyce MacIsaac (m. Bob Pembroke), Margaret McSween. Photographer: Ronnie Jaques.  Courtesy of  Library and Archives of Canada  Source: Library and Archives Canada/Ronny Jaques fonds/e010979751  

Highland Games Parade, Main Street, 1940

Highland Games Parade, Main Street, 1940. Photographer: Ronnie Jaques. Courtesy of National Library and Archives of Canada.   Source: Library and Archives Canada/Ronny Jaques fonds/e010979728

“Jack the Piper” MacDonald and Allan Cameron

L-R “Jack the Piper” MacDonald and Allan Cameron, both born in Springfield, Antigonish County. The 1940 Highland Games. Photographer: Ronnie Jaques. Courtesy of National Archives of Canada. Source: Library and Archives Canada/Ronny Jaques fonds/e010979691 John Hugh “Jack the Piper” MacDonald (1885-1971) worked as head carpenter at StFX for many years. Jack was named official piper of […]