An historic Regimental Association celebrating
78th Highland Regiment (Fraser's)

The Honourable Simon Fraser, 18th Lord Lovat of Fraser, 25th MacShimidh (Chief of Clan Fraser of Lovat) and our Colonel in Chief since 1995.
Proud Canadian History
Historic Scottish Heritage
Splendid British Tradition
The proud history and romantic traditions of the 78th Highland Regiment ("The Fraser's")
are celebrated by the members of today's 78th Fraser Highlanders!

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The 78th Fraser Highlanders gathered at Bessbourgh Armoury in celebrating The Scottish Baird Robbie Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) with our annual Robbie Burns Supper. After a very well attended evening reception of frends and members, the attendees gathered to witness the arrival of the Haggis which was aboard the Garrison's Trenchard borne and carried by Capt. Chris Hoskins, and Hon. Lt. Col Michael Redmond. The Haggis was led in to its demise, escorted and piped in by Lt. Ed McIlwaine, the arrival commanded by Major Jim Barrett OIC. Upon arrival the Haggis received The Address of The Haggis by The Reverend, Captain (Ret'd) Gordon Barrett. The Rev. Captain then ended the short life of the Haggis with the use of his Sgian-dubh The attendees then moved to the dinning area. The Immortal Memory of Rabbie Burns was delivered by John Harbick. The Head table was of Major Barrett, Patricia Barrett CD, John Harbick, Capt Hoskins, and M'Lady Linda Hoskin. HLCol Norm Pope shared in the Whisky toast. Our piper Lt. Ed McIlwaine led the signing and piped the Lament to conclude a most magificent evening.
The 78th Frasers were honoured to be the Colour Guard for the 120th, the 2023 edition of the Strathcona Cup Curling series, the matchup in curling Canadians against Scots. The 4th game of the West was held at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster on 13 January. The Cup series has been played every 5 years since 1903. The 2023 edition has 350 games across Canada including 7 in B.C. (Delta - 2 games, White Rock, New Westminster, Vernon - 2 games, and Kelowna) The winner of the series receives the Strathcona Cup, there was a Cup commissioned by Lord Strathcona (Sir Donald Smith a Scottish Canadian businessman, who among his interests helped with the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway). Vancouver's Strathcona neighbourhood and Lord Strathcona School were named after him. Click on the photo above to view pictures and to read more about the Strathcona Cup.
The 78th Frasers gathered after a long absence, at Bessborough Armoury Vancouver to commemorate St Andrew's Day with our annual Feast of St Andrew.
A hearty dinner of soup and specially prepared tradional turkey dinner was followed by a superb presentation by Norm Murphy regarding the last battle of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, the capturing of St. John's Newfound from the French at the Battle of Signal Hill, 15 September 1762. The Battle was a victorious one.
The Battle of St. John's will be presented in an interpretive storyboard with narrative accompanied by images and maps shortly. We have battle history storyboards of the 78th Fraser Highlanders on our website.
To visit the storyboards:

The Seige of Louisbourg (1751) click [ here ]
The Plains of Abraham (1759) click [ here ]
The 78th Frasers after a very successful presence at ScotFest gathered at the residence of the Officer Commanding (President) Barrett for a well deserved
BBQ and camaraderie. The Frasers while off duty and out of their Scarlets and service khakhi shirts and other Fraser Highlander adornments, being in ordinary current everyday colonial dress, commemorated the Seige of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia (June - July 1758). The Siege ended French rule in Atlantic Canada and lead to the eventual capture of Quebec in 1759 and later French North America. The fortress Louisbourg was destroyed by the British in 1760. It lives on today as a restored Parks Canada National Historical Place.
The 78th Frasers were at ScotFestBC, the 90th BC Highland Games held in Coquitlam at Town Centre Park. ScotFest BC is all things Scottish with Field competitions including caber toss and hammer throw, Highland dancing and Pipe Band competitions and more. The Regiment fired the cannon on Friday
evening to officially open the games and demonstrated the cannon on Saturday. In addition with a much attended historical display of muskets and history of the 78th Fraser Highlanders, the Regiment provided many demonstrations of musket firing to the delight of the crowds. Click on the photo see more pictures.

The 78th Frasers proudly employ our cannon and muskets at
Highland Games and other events.
Click on a picture to view a demonstration of the firing.

The "Fort Fraser Garrison " is constituted as a military historical society, dedicated to preserving the memory and story of the Regiment, and "The 78th Fraser Highlanders Association of Vancouver" operates as a duly registered charitable organisation supporting youth
in British Columbia

We welcome your generous tax receiptable donation!
A tax receipt for generous donations over $20.00 will be issued.
CRA #83143 9922
The Fraser Highlanders' Charity Supporting Youth Programmes

Kidsafe Vancouver

When school is out, Kidsafe is in! Kidsafe provides vulnerable children with the safety, supervision, nutritious meals and educational programming they need and deserve but lack access to due to their challenging life circumstances. The 78th Fraser Highlanders are very proud to support KidSafe and their work to provide a place while school is out for Vancouver children. Click on the thank you card we received from Kidsafe to view a larger version and to learn more about Kidsafe.
  Heritage Fairs

Fraser Highlander Mark Dwor giving our cheque to the Vancouver Heritage Fairs for $600. The Fair encourage students in Vancouver schools to take an interest in Canadian history in Vancouver Heritage Fairs where Grade 7 students in Vancouver are inspired to study and write about Canadian history. The students then create presentations and projects similar to a school science fair. The presentation and project highlights their chosen aspect of Canadian history or culture and present their project to their classmates, parents and community.
Congratulations to the essay winners of the 78th Fraser Highlanders' Prize for
Scottish-Canadian History"!

Ms Julia Gabriel won 1st place for her essay "Why not go to Hudson's Bay Country" with Mr. Keith Wise winning 2nd place for his essay "Race in the Atlantic World:Scottish Enlightment Views On Race and their Influence at Home and Abroad". The competition was open to students of SFU HIS 448 overseen by Director of SFU Scottish Studies Dr. Katie McCullough. PhD. The 78th Frasers have proudly been great supporters of SFU Scottish Studies. Click on the image to view Dr. McCullough's letter and learn more about Ms. Gabriel and Mr. Wise.
St. John Ambulance Cadet Corps
(New Westminster)

The Fraser Highlanders donated $300 to the St. John Ambulance Cadet Corps in New Westminster. to help fund uniforms and training for the St. John Ambulance Cadet Corps this month. The Fraser Highlanders Adjutant joined Hon. Col. Westminster Rgmt Karen Baker-McGrotty of the Westminster Reg’t with members of the St. John Cadet Corps. First established in Quebec 1884, St John Ambulance provides Health and safety training and volunteer community services

Current Edition
April 2021
Read this article about the Frasers in Fraser Valley Lifestyle
Special Features
Sing with the Frasers!
The Fraser's Drinking Song

Join us on exploring the burial site of
"The Old Fox" Simon Fraser, 11th Lord of Lovat
at Kirkhill west of Inverness

As Mess events are restricted to members and their guests, please contact us if you would like an invitation
to attend a formal dinner evening. please contact the Adjutant for more information
. We would be most pleased to see you where
we will be present at field events!

He can be reached by email:

We would be most pleased to have you join us!
Mess and Field Events Date

All events at 15th Field RCA Officers Mess, Bessborough Armoury, 2025 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver, unless
otherwise noted. Dinner dates may shift a week depending on availability of Officer's Mess at Bessborough.

Organisers of outside events may change their dates.

Celtic Fest, Surrey Museum (Cloverdale)   25 March, 2023 (Saturday)
Visit to SFU Scottish Studies (SFU, Burnaby)   TBD
Annual General Meeting   18 March, 2023 (Saturday)
Ste. Foy Dinner
Held over until later date
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  15 April, 2023 (Saturday)
Victoria Highland Games (Victoria)
Fort Fraser Garrison not attending.
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  20 & 21 May, 2023 (Sat./ Sun)
Hyack Festival (New Westminster)   27 May, 2023 (Saturday)
BC Highland Games (Coquitlam) 17 June, 2023 (Saturday)
Seige of Louisbourg Barbeque (OC's Residence, Coquitlam) TBD
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