Games History

On March 18, 1856 the Embro Highland Society was organized “to preserve the language, martial spirit, dress, music, literature, antiquities and games of the ancient Caledonians”.

The Annual Gathering of the Society took place in Embro with games, dancing and music. For reasons now unclear, the Society was disbanded in about 1888.

It was revived in 1937, with formation of the current Zorra Caledonian Society to perpetuate “the spirit, music and games of Scotland”. Highland Games returned to Embro the same year. It is now the oldest annual event of its kind in Ontario. Known to many as “the friendly games”, it remains one of the most popular, attracting about 5,000 competitors and spectators.

The event may be deeply rooted in the community’s Scottish heritage, but the colorful tartans, the stirring music of the great highland bagpipes, the lively Highland dancing and the excitement of the tug-of-war and other athletic competitions have universal appeal.

Whether you are a participant or spectator, we extend a warm welcome.

 

Official Record of Officers for the
Zorra Caledonian Society
since 1937

Zorra Caledonian Society – Presidents 1937-1986

Year Name Year Name
1937 W.G. Forbes 1978 Ian McRobbie
1938 Colin Sutherland 1979 Wayne Uncer
1939 A.D. McCorquodale 1980 John Innes
1940 Alex Campbell 1981 Wallace Ross
1941 Jas. A. Murray 1982 Thomas Thomson
1942 Alex Sutherland 1983 William Fleming
1943 Alex Sutherland 1984 Robt. M. Matheson
1944 Alvin McKay 1985 Melvin Matheson
1945 W.L. Sutherland 1986 Leonard Eaton
1946 Chas. Nichols 1987 Ivan Buchan
1947 John McDonald 1988 Eugene Ross
1948 Burns McCorquodale 1989 Jas. Gibb
1949 William M. Campbell 1990 Ronald Totten
1950 Chas. Matheson 1991 Ronald Thomson
1951 Clark Murray 1992 Jack Matheson
1952 Jas. Hossack 1993 Graham Hart
1953 William Sutherland 1994 Wm. Matheson
1954 Wallace McKenzie 1995 Fred Howe
1955 James McKay 1996 Warren McKay
1956 Robert Blair 1997 Gordon Green
1957 George Glendenning 1998 Rick Innes
1958 Robt. C. Matheson 1999 Ken Minler
1959 Russell Innes 2000 Keith Matheson
1960 Mack MacKinnon 2001 Doug Ferguson
1961 Cecil Kerr 2002 Dale Ross
1962 Gilbert Ross 2003 Kevin Fraser
1963 Jas. Fleming 2004 Ken Ulch
1964 Alvin Fraser 2005 Alan Normand
1965 Lloyd Johnson 2006 Jim Knudsen
1966 George Matheson 2007 Paul Weber
1967 Archie McArthur 2008 Angus Thompson
1968 John Campbell 2009 Grant Innes
1969 Bert Armstrong 2010 Ken Minler
1970 Roy W. Johnson 2011 Helen Dowd
1971 Rowland Rutherford 2012 Jim Grieve
1972 Harold Ulch 2013 Ron Marshall
1973 Wilson McBeath 2014 Jamie McPherson
1974 Barry Wallace 2015 Steve MacDonald
1975 Woodburn Lambe 2016 Steve MacDonald
1976 Harold Arbuckle 2017 Helen Dowd
1977 Jas. Strickler    

 

Zorra Caledonian Society – Secretaries

Year Name
1937 H.W. Sutherland
1938-1944 W.G. Forbes
1945-1957 Alvin McKay
1958-1969 Jas. Hossack
1970-1987 A.C. MacKinnon
1988 Rowland Rutherford
1989-1997 Dianne & Rowland Rutherford
1998-2016 Warren McKay
2017- Jennifer Moodie

 

Zorra Caledonian Society – Treasurers

Year Name
1937-1945 William Simpson
1945-1955 F. Clifford Spicer
1958-1968 Allan W. Brown
1969-1980 James Strothard
1980-1981 Charles Cauchi
1982-2006 Rowland & Dianne Rutherford
2007- 2016 Jim & Lydia Knudsen
2016- Peter Fleming

 

Zorra Caledonian Society – Dance Secretaries

Year Name
1969-1972 Helen Hossack
1973-1983 John & Margaret Campbell
1984-1996 J. Edgar & Jane McKay
1997- 2001 Bill & Marlene Matheson
2002 – current Gord & Laura Green