Nova Scotia

Scottish documentary to introduce Nova Scotia to 'old' Scotland

The Glasgow host of a documentary being produced here says he amazed by the close connection between Scotland and Nova Scotia.

'I think there are more MacDonalds in Nova Scotia than in Scotland,' host says

Bagpiper and busker David Whitney of Aberdeen, Scotland, plays the bagpipes near Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in central London on Sept. 10, 2014. Many Scots don't know much about their Canadian namesake province. (Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)

Most Nova Scotians are aware of our Scottish roots. But apparently many modern-day Scots don't know very much about Nova Scotia.

A crew from the Glasgow bureau of STV is hoping to change that. They're in Nova Scotia shooting a documentary.

David Farrell, host of the upcoming documentary, says many Scots know the province exists but they don't know much about it, including how deep-rooted the connections are between old and new Scotland.

"Back home in Scotland I don't quite think we would all know exactly how closely connected new Scotland is with the old Scotland."

 Farrell says Halifax reminds him of Glasgow because of the mix of new and old buildings. 

The ship Hector is shown in Pictou Harbour. (CBC)

He discovered Alexander Keith and other Scots who came over to the province, including William Alexander, who led the first wave of Scottish settlers. 

"It's really amazing to see how closely connected and what a big influence the Scots had here when they first came over," he said.

"I think there are more MacDonalds in Nova Scotia than in Scotland."

A visit to Pictou, where he saw the historic ship Hector, was an emotional experience, Farrell said, because of the story of 180 Scots who came to Nova Scotia from his part of the world in search of a new life.
The crew also stopped in New Glasgow, where the documentary host noted that many of the street names are the same as those back home.

Farrell says the people in Nova Scotia remind him of home

"They're very friendly, very chatty, very warm, very welcoming."


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