Conference Registration is now open!


 Schedule of Events

                                                                                        Tuesday, August 14, 2018

8:30 AM- 4:30 PM Full day Guided Bus Tour of Historic Portland for Pre-registered guests. 

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Conference Registration Bowdoin, Thorne Dining Hall

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Cocktail Hour & Dinner with Special Keynote event for speakers and 5 day ticket holders only. Sponsored By Northern Ireland Bureau

                                                                                Wednesday, August 15, 2018

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Conference Registration Thorne Dining Hall

9:00 AM-10:00 AM Welcome & Opening Roundtable “Immigration – Emigration Ulster to Maine Causes, Consequence, Conditions” Kresge Auditorium, Bowdoin College

                                                                                      10:00 AM -11:00 AM

                                                                                 Concurrent Presentations 1-3

1. Adversity and Diversity on the Early Maine Frontier – Dr. Emerson “Tad” Baker, Salem State University


3. 1718 Families Project – Mr. Colin Brooks

                                                                                     11:00 AM – 12:00 AM

                                                                                  Concurrent Presentation 4-6

4. Rustic Bard Poet- Robert Dinsmoor – Dr. Frank Ferguson, Ulster University

5.Title To Be Announced -Mr. Chris Sockalexis, Penobscot Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

6. Allagash Community Under Siege- Mr. Darrell McBriety


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Free buffet lunch for 5-day ticket holders- Moulton Hall, Bowdoin College

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Roundtable 2 “Exploring the Diaspora” -Kresge Hall

                                                                                          3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

                                                                                     Concurrent Presentations 7-9

7. “Hardscrabble and good old times amongst the Scotch Irish in Maine” – Mr. Alister McReynolds

8. “By Another Route: The Ulster Scots and the Scottish Prisoners of 1650-51” – Dr. Carol Gardner

9.  From Kilrea to Kittery and beyond, the Sterret(t) Saga- Mr. Bob Starrat

                                                                                          4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

                                                                                   Concurrent Presentations 10-12

10. Scots-Irish Religious Folkways in Mid-Coast Maine; The Presbyterian Founding 1729-1763– Mr. Carl R. “Chip” Griffin III, Esq.

11. Relationships with the land: The Scots-Irish Experience in the District of Maine – Mr. John T. Mann, President Emeritus, Maine Ulster Scots Project

12. Wilson Family in Maine- Ms. Delia Wilson Lunsford


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Private Meet & Greet for presenters and 5-day ticket holders only, Hosted by the Scottish Affairs Council, special guest Joni Smith, at The Daniel, Brunswick Maine. Cash bar, casual setting.  


                                                                                   Thursday, August 16, 2018

 9:00 AM-10:30 AM Walk in Conference Registration Location TBD

8:00 AM -10:00 AM  “Greetings from First Dunboe Presbyterian Church” home of 1718 Rev. Woodside, offered by Rev. James McCaughan

Rev, Jim McCaughan will offer greetings from the first Dunboe Presbyterian Church in Articlave, Northern Ireland and briefly discuss early Presbyterianism in Dunboe and Ireland including a devotional "Thought for the Day and the Conference" at Brunswick, First Parish Church

Reverend Mary Bard will discuss the history of the First Parish Church, and Rev. Woodside's 1718 home parish. 

Round Table Panel with experts on clergy and migration. - First Parish Church, Brunswick.

                                                                                    10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

                                                                                 Concurrent Presentations 13-15

13.Woodside in Dunboe Parish Northern Ireland- Dr. Alison McCaughan

14. 1718 Migration; Connections Coincidences, Consequences- Dr. Linde Lunney, Royal Irish Academy

15. NEHGS DNA Studies- Mr.  Tom Dreyer, New England Historic Genealogical Society

                                                                                        11:00 AM – 12:00 AM

                                                                                  Concurrent Presentations 16-18

16. Role of Religion in Migration – Dr. William Roulston, Ulster Historical Society

17. Coleraine in 1718- Ms. Helen Perry, Causeway Coast and Glens Museum Service

18. “From the Kailyard to the Dooryard: Gaelic and Scots Poetry from Transatlantic Bards- Rev. Holly Morrison


12: 00 PM Free buffet lunch for 5-day ticket holders- Moulton Hall, Bowdoin College

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Roundtable “Somerset Archaeology” -Kresge Hall

                                                                                           3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

                                                                                   Concurrent Presentations 19 – 21

19. Rathlin Island to Lubec, The Sam Henry Collection- Ms. Sarah Carson, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Museum Service Officer

20. Woodside Homestead Archaeology – Mr. Fred Koerber

21. Learning About Heritage - Ulster Scots in Education- Mr. Richard Hannah, Ulster-Scots Agency

                                                                                      4:00PM – 5:00 PM

                                                                                 Concurrent Presentations 22-24

19. Forest & Coasts, The Ballads of Maine, -Ms. Julia Lane, Castlebay

20. European Occupation of Maine’s Eastern Frontier: The Influence of Fort Richmond on Settlement of the Merrymeeting Bay Region - Dr. Leith Smith, Maine Historic Preservation

21. The Irish New Settlement on Merrymeeting Bay- Ms. Barbara Desmarais, Brunswick Historian


6:30 PM- 9:30 PM Evening Special Event: “Fiddle Traditions in Ulster-Scots Music, Then & Now”  Open to the Public Tickets available to all. Free to 5-day ticket holders.

                                                                                    Friday, August 17, 2018

Open to all pre-registered ticket holders on first come, pre-paid basis.


1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Historic Tour 4 “Archaeology: MacFadden Site & Merrymeeting Bay

6:00 PM Special pre-games Ceildh sponsored by St. Andrews Society of Maine- Topsham Fairgrounds – Free and open to the public!

                                                                                    Saturday, August 18, 2018

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 40th Annual Maine Highland Games and Scots Festival, hosted by St. Andrews Society of Maine

Open to the public, Free to 5-day ticket holders. Tickets may be pre-purchased or purchased at the gate. Click here for more info.