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Scottish Place Names Province of Quebec

Scottish Place Names in Quebec

Hello Dear Friends,

Manche d'Epee couleurs dautomne

The maple trees will soon be vibrant with colors of red and golden-yellow and all their multiple combinations as we are now entering the autumn season.

It brings back the beautiful memories of when MairiUna and Jean-Claude flew fom France in the fall of 2010 to meet me in Montreal.

We then headed north on a road trip that drove us around the province, just in time to contemplate ‘les couleurs d’automne‘, a grandiose spectacle, to the delight of our eyes. Breathtaking scenery…

MairiUna has documented this ‘one of a kind’ and ‘once in a life time’ road trip in a serie of 10 articles: Following the Blue Roads on the Steps of Kenneth White in Quebec .

Autumn Activities

Fall is great to go apple picking, get lost in a corn maze, visit a pumpkin patch, collect colorful leaves, go for a hike, watch geese flying south for the winter or take a drive in the country.

The latter is exactly what I intend to do : road drive in the country taking photos, as it is one of my preferred hobbies alongside thematic stamp collecting. I’m anticipating this journey of seeing the world through a different pair of lenses; those of my camera.

robyn the catUpon deciding on a destination and a route to explore, the idea of looking up for Scottish place names in a not too far distance from my home (as I have to come back to Robyn, my lovely cat) popped again in my mind!

I found quite a few places inside this Wikipedia article 🙂

• Abercorn
• Campbell’s Bay
• Denholm
• Drummondville and Drummond RCM
• Duncan Lake (Quebec)
• Dundee
• East Angus
• Elgin
• Hampden
• Inverness
• Lennoxville
• Lochaber
• Lochaber-Partie-Ouest
• MacMasterville
• MacNider
• Napierville and Les Jardins de Napierville
• Scotstown
• Stornoway
• Thurso
• Tingwick

This is exciting! I’m in for great rides. Where to start? Let’s go to… Dundee!

dundee quebec map


A green oasis, the Township of Dundee, established in 1845 (official constitution in 1855), is bordered on the south by the US border, on the north by the St. Lawrence River and on the west by the Akwesasne Mohawk Reserve.

The municipality has a small village centre commonly referred to as Sainte-Agnès-de-Dundee. Cottage communities are also located within the municipality, on the shores of Lake Saint-François: Pointe-Leblanc, Place Caza, Pointe-Gordon, Pointe-Fraser and Pointe-Hopkins. The Dundee Border Crossing is accessible via Route 132. The Salmon River winds its way through the municipality.

This denomination, which was used to identify the local post office between 1830 and 1968, serves as a reminder that John Davidson, considered to have founded the municipality upon settling along the banks of the Salmon River where the village is today located, hailed from the eastern port city of the same name in Angus County. He also served as the village postmaster. The parish of Sainte-Agnès-de-Dundee came into being in 1863 as a result of its canonical establishment. This was followed in 1864 by official recognition at the secular level.

The municipality is characterized by the presence of numerous wetlands and marshes, which play an important ecological role for the flora and fauna of Lake Saint-François. A vast area of ecological interest was established in 1972 by the Canadian Wildlife Service to preserve and enhance the unique and fragile wetland ecosystem. The Lake Saint-François National Wildlife Area received official status in 1978 and was recognized in 1987 under the RAMSAR Convention as a “Wetland of International Importance”.

(Source: Quebec Toponymy Commission)



Located near Frazer Creek, in Dundee Township, and 2 km south of the St-Lawence, not far from the American border, this locality was first named New Skye around 1817 by immigrants from the Isle of Skye, the largest in the Inner Hebrides archipelago in the north-west of Scotland. From then on, Isle of Skye is the form that prevails.

A Suivre!

Now that you know where I’m heading for my next road outing, if any of you loyal readers have photos, tips and/or things to do in the area, feel free to share them in the comments below. Mucha gratias in advance!

Until next, stay safe and strong.

Wishing you all the very best,


PS: Take a look at these photos taken in the town of Dundee, Scotland. We had so much fun there 🙂

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