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Windsor's Scottish heritage isn't readily apparent to someone who isn't looking for it. While visitors might take note of the plethora of Scottish street names in the city's downtown core, they'll most likely observe the more obvious French names first. The Scottish Club of Windsor on Tecumseh Road East is easy to miss, and it's hard to find haggis in any restaurant except for the Kildare House on Wyandotte Street. Even the Presbyterian churches have lost their Scottish flavourings since expanding to include people from a multitude of national origins. Scottish visibility receded as its values took root in the area's very foundation. Indeed, the Scottish community in Windsor-Essex comprises far greater numbers than can be counted at the Scottish Club's special events, especially given that the majority of people with British ancestry don't consider themselves Scottish or English or Irish, but simply Canadian. 1 But one only has to listen to the overabundance of bagpipes in a local parade or observe the smattering of kilts at the Armistice Day service to understand that Windsor must have some deep connection to Scottish culture. And whenever "auld Scotia's" sons and daughters leave Windsor to visit their ancestral homeland for a summer holiday, they reinforce ties that have been growing for centuries.

"The rose of all the world is not for me
I want for my part
Only the little white rose of Scotland
That smells sharp and sweet - and breaks the heart."

~ Hugh MacDiarmid [The Little White Rose]

  1. In the 2001 Census, 22.77% of respondents gave a single response of 'Canadian', while a further 16.65% identified with both 'Canadian', and one or more other ancestries. While only 2.05% of those gave a single response of Scottish, 12% of respondents claimed Scottish ancestry along with another ethnicity.
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