Sarah Fraser to present two talks in New York during Tartan Week 2018

The American-Scottish Foundation is looking forward to welcoming celebrated author Sarah Fraser to Tartan Week 2018 as part of her Spring 2018 US Book Tour.

Sarah Fraser is married to a Lovat Fraser, the son of heroic World War II Commando Shimi, Lord Lovat.  With a doctoral thesis on obscene Gaelic poetry, Sarah has contributed to TV and radio programmes on Gaelic issues, the clans and British history. Sarah has four children and she and her husband live both in the Highlands and London.

Sarah will undertake two talks in New York over Tartan Week

On Friday April 6th – Join us for  ‘Tea with A Highlander’ at the 3 West Club, as Sarah_fraseruk, shares insights and background around her first book – ‘The Last Highlander’, as well as speaking of ‘The Prince who Would be King’, her latest book available in the US at the end of March.

Fraser talk and book signing will conclude with a Wine & Cheese toast hosted by Scottish Clans & Castles.  Tickets from $45 Reservation details HERE

‘The Last Highlander’ was awarded the Scottish Saltire First Book of the Year award,, and in 2016 became a The New York Times ebook bestseller.  It is now the subject of a documentary, available on Dan Snow’s History Hit TV

Both book and film dramatically recreate the story of Lord Lovat, last of the great Scottish- Celtic Highland chiefs. Between 1670 and 1747, Lovat lived in tumultuous times and met a bloody end on the scaffold, beheaded for his part in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite rebellion. He has had a lively afterlife as grandfather of Jamie Fraser, the hero of Diana Gabaldon’s hit series, Outlander. But truth is as strange as fiction, as Sarah will show in her talk about the life and afterlife of this great old style Fraser clan chief. Diana Gabaldon called The last Highlander ‘a great book.’

On Monday April 9th, The American-Scottish Foundation and Royal Oak Foundation host a second talk and book signing at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen,  focused on Sarah Fraser’s latest book ‘The Prince who Would be King”.  Tickets from $35 Reservation details HERE

The Prince Who Would be King :                    The Royal Stuarts ruled Scotland from 1371, before they came to England. Joining the thrones of Elizabeth I to Scotland, in 1603, they united the Crowns and gave birth to Britain. In her acclaimed book, The Prince who would be King,  Sarah Fraser shows how Crown Prince Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales came to be seen as the stellar Stuart, who would break the royal mould. Born at Stirling Castle, Scotland in 1594, he died in agony at St James’s Palace, London in 1612.

His life spans an extraordinary period in history – the Union of Crowns , the gunpowder Plot, the run up to the longest, bloodiest European war until World War I, the founding of British America and the beginning of a world class Royal Art Collection of books, paintings, coins, jewels, armour and gorgeous palaces. Henry came to be seen as the epitome of a renaissance prince – ambitious, talented, and frightening. His ambition seemed to have no bounds.

Acclaimed for its dramatic recreation of a life cut short, the book is now the subject of a BBC documentary, The Best King we Never Had. In her talk Sarah will bring Henry, his Court and his era to sparkling life.


Dunbar considers proposal from sculptor Andy Scott for Bear to honor Muir.

John Muir’s Birthplace of Dunbar is considering a proposal from renowned Sculptor Andy Scott for a 5 meter high Bear – regarded as the symbol of John Muir often referred to in the USA as the “Father of National Parks” – world leading environmentalist

The ScotsmaImage result for andy scott sculptorn reports. Andy Scott who has received multiple awards for the creation of The Kelpies situated at The Helix Falkirk notes the significance of Muir symbolism in this location saying,….“The starting point for the project was John Muir and his legacy”.

Artist impression of a statue of a five metre high bear.Picture; DeadlineThe East Lothian Council added, “The Bear symbolizes Dunbar’s most famous son, the environmentalist and forefather of the United States’ National Parks John Muir.”

Scott’s proposal awaits the recommendation of the council.

The American-Scottish Foundation® exhibit “In the Footsteps of John Muir” featuring images from the The John Muir Way, by Scottish photographer Ken Paterson Photography will open at Federal Hall National Memorial Wall Street, New York, on March 26th through May 11th.…/andy-scott-to-erect-john-muir-be…

February Upcoming Events



6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cafe Tallulah                      

240 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023

Share in our love of Scotland & Scottish Heritage.

Join us for a drink & light fare -unwind from the week and reverie of Burns celebrations! Complimentary Glass of Wine, Whisky, or Beer  – Cash Bar

Continue on after enjoying the evening at one ASFs favorite Upper Westside haunts

Tickets from $30 – Become a ASF Young Scot Member (35 and under) for $45 and event has no charge.      Reserve your spot below

Mix Mingle Cafe Tallulah


February 12th  - Books, Browse & Buy

in support of  ASF Library Collection 

5pm to 7.30pm

American Scottish Foundation,  575 Madison Ave. 8th floor, NYC        For the lover of Scotland, there is a book here for you                               - Choose from a large selection. 

To raise funds for the conservation of the ASF Library Collection of early Scottish books.

Reserve your spot now! 

  • Member tickets $20.00
  • Non-Member tickets $25.00

All ticket prices include $10.00 towards your first book:

Book Browse & Buy

A Traditional Scottish Christmas Dinner

This holiday season, celebrate Christmas with a Scottish feast! Christmas dinner in Scotland is traditionally a festive affair, with multiple courses of hearty winter foods. If you want to feel like you’re feasting in the Highlands this Christmas, whip up these Scottish dishes. (Present your spread on a tartan tablecloth for extra Scottish flair!)

The American-Scottish Foundation has put together this guide to A Traditional Scottish Christmas Dinner using recipes from some of our favorite food-bloggers! Although Scottish Christmas dinners can vary by region and clan, most festive feasts feature variations of these dishes.

Prepare for a very “Blithe Yule” and “A Guid New Year!”

1. Cock a Leekie Soup

A traditional Scottish soup,Cock a Leekie combines leeks, chicken and rice for an easy, filling and delicious weeknight meal.

Image via A Communal Table

A traditional Scottish Christmas dinner begins with a soup course. Cock a Leekie Soup is a classic choice, as it’s often called “Scotland’s National Soup.” The soup features chicken stock, chicken, leeks, and – traditionally – prunes. This recipe takes the traditional route, using both a homemade chicken stock and prunes. The warming concoction is ideal for a snowy Christmas day – and goes perfectly with a side of bread and butter.

Get the recipe from A Communal Table.

2. Roast Turkey

Gin Brined Turkey or Chicken

Image via Easy Peasy Foodie

The main event of any Scottish Christmas feast is the roast turkey. (Although vegetarians may disagree – and would perhaps prefer this delicious nut roast from Thinly Spread.) Although there are many different ways to roast your Christmas bird, we recommend cooking up a Gin-Brined Turkey. Scottish gin will infuse your turkey with a unique, festive flavor! And we suggest using one of our favorite gins – AK’s Gin from Arbikie.

Get the recipe from Easy Peasy Foodie.

3. Neeps & Tatties

Roasted "Tartan Veggies" with Smoked Sea Salt, Honey and Thyme and other Burns Night Recipes

Image via Lavender and Lovage

Neeps and tatties (or parsnips and potatoes) are an essential part of a Scottish holiday meal. The Scottish vegetable dish is often served alongside haggis, but it will complement your Christmas turkey just as beautifully. This recipe adds carrots and beets to the mix of root-vegetables, and uses smoked sea salt, honey, and thyme for flavor. These roasted “tartan veggies” are the definition of comfort food – and you’ll definitely go back for seconds!

Get the recipe from Lavender and Lovage.

4. Oat Stuffing


Image via London Eats

Stuffing is a classic yuletide favorite – and for many people it’s the highlight of any holiday dinner! For a traditional Scottish Christmas meal, the bird is filled with a hearty stuffing. Whether you serve your stuffing in the turkey, on the side, or both, make it especially Scottish with this recipe for “Skirlie.” Skirlie is a traditional Scottish stuffing, using oats instead of bread. With the addition of butter, onion, and herbs, Scottish oats are transformed into a delectable – and gluten-free – holiday stuffing.

Get the recipe from London Eats.

5. Bread Sauce

Traditional Scottish Bread Sauce

Image via Mommy Perfect

Bread Sauce is a traditional British sauce that dates all the way back to medieval times! Although it is uncommon over here in the USA, it is still a classic part of a Scottish Christmas dinner. The sauce is made to accompany roast poultry – but it tastes just as delicious with other meats, veggies, or even spread on more bread. Classic recipes use white bread, butter, milk and onion to create a creamy and delicious sauce. This recipe includes a dash of Scotch whisky for a more distinctly Scottish flavor.

Get the recipe from Mommy Perfect.

6. Brussels Sprouts


Image via Delicious Magazine

Is Christmas dinner complete without a helping of (the sometimes controversial) Brussels sprouts? Whether you love them or hate them, they’re a must for a Scottish Christmas. Even if you’re not typically a fan, this recipe’s unique twist makes the sprouts much more enticing! Black pudding is pan-fried and added to buttery Brussels sprouts, making the traditional holiday dish especially Scottish! These sumptuous sprouts are the perfect side-dish for your Scottish feast.

Get the recipe from Delicious Magazine.

7. Clootie Dumpling


Image via Love Food

If you’re not too stuffed from dinner, finish the meal off with a helping of traditional Clootie Dumpling. The classic Scottish recipe is often served on Burns’ Night and Hogmanay celebrations, but it’s a perfect yuletide treat as well! The spicy, fragrant dessert is served with brandy butter. The word “clootie” refers to the cloth that the dumpling – which is full of dried fruits, spices and treacle – is traditionally cooked in. So grab your clootie and get baking!

Get the recipe from Love Food.

ASF Spotlight on broaddaylight studio …..a sculpture, a metal worker, a book & an exhibition

Earlier this year the award winning photographic team of Tricia Malley and Ross Gillespie of Broaddaylight Studios, Scotland were commissioned to take a series of photographs for a limited edition book around the installation and unveiling of William Henry Playfair, the architect who helped Edinburgh gain its nickname “Athens of the North”.

The statue was created by Alexander Stoddart, Queen’s Sculptor in Ordinary, Scotland. There are several examples of his civic monuments throughout Edinburgh

The statue is now installed outside The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh’s Chambers Street and is part of a rejuvenation of the street to create a public plaza.

The redevelopment project was jointly funded by National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh City Council and The University of Edinburgh University along with a number of private donations.

Broaddaylight Studios are Members of the American-Scottish Foundation, and ASF were delighted to learn that their photograph of Andy, metal worked at Black Isle Bronze Foundry, working on the Playfair, was selected as part of the Scottish Portrait Awards Exhibit at the Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh.  The exhibition runs through December 2nd.

ASF Spotlight : Santa Dundee Dash supporting the Archie Foundation Tayside Hospital Appeal

It definately began to feel like Christmas in Dundee, Scotland as over 700 Santas took part in the first Santa Dash – all part of efforts to raise money for the The Archie Foundation Tayside Hospital Appeal.

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Hundred of Santas running through the streets of Dundee with children in tow, dogs getting a good run – what a great way to start the holiday season AND raise money for a new 2 million pound operating theater.

View the video here
and the report on the link below at…/hundreds-turn-out-for-dunde…/

The American-Scottish Foundation® is proud to help support the work of the The Archie Foundation.