Flag Up Scotland Jamaica is a new project which uses the fascinating story of the Jamaican flag as a basis for flagging up the existing connections between the two nations. It will seek innovative ways to develop a closer partnership which will benefit both nations.

questionIn which Commonwealth country outside Scotland will you find the highest percentage of people with Scottish surnames?



You might expect the answer to that question to be Canada or New Zealand, but the surprising answer is Jamaica.The frequency of Scottish surnames is such that it is claimed that 60% of names in the Jamaican telephone directory are Scottish in origin!

Jamaican phone book

Historians Uncover Jamaican Slavery Roots of Northeast Education Fund

The Dick Bequest is a charity which distributes grants to help teachers in Aberdeenshire and Moray develop their skills and also provides for the purchase of school equipment.  It was established in 1832 in memory of James Dick who died in 1828 and left a significant percentage of his finances to fund parish schoolmasters in the Northeast read more…