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A Celebration of Scotland's Treasures

Join us for an evening of Scottish music, dining and dancing

with presentation of the Great Scot Award to

Diana Gabaldon

The New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series

Thursday, April 14, 2022

The Metropolitan Club

New York City

This year has been designated Scotland’s Year of Stories, so it seems especially fitting to honor Diana Gabaldon, The New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series, as our 2022 Great Scot. The influence of Ms. Gabaldon’s work on travel and tourism to Scotland over the past three decades has been simply extraordinary, and we are delighted to be able to recognize her role in bringing Scottish history and culture to life for audiences around the world.

As in the past, the evening will include live and silent auctions with one-of-a-kind prizes, a whisky tasting by The Macallan, a meal among friends in The Metropolitan Club’s spectacular dining room, and Scottish cèilidh to end the festivities.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA’s beloved A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures gala!

Please note: While state-wide requirements are easing in New York, The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA will continue to require proof of vaccination upon arrival at The Metropolitan Club for the comfort and safety of all guests and staff. Please bring your Covid-19 vaccination card or digital proof with you on the night of April 14. You can also assist us by informing your guests that proof of vaccination is required.

We appreciate your understanding and generous support.

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For more information, please contact Maggie Fogel at 212-873-2955 or mfogel@ntsusa.org

Diana Gabaldon

2022 Great Scot Honoree

Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander novels. Her books have sold 50 million copies in 39 languages and 114 countries. The adventure began in 1991 with the classic Outlander and has continued through eight more bestselling novels, the newest of which – Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone – was published in November 2021. An American who had never visited Scotland before writing her first novel, Gabaldon’s carefully-researched books have come to embody the romance and mystery of the Scottish highlands for readers from around the world.

Sony International and the Starz network have created a popular original television series based on the series, also called Outlander. Filmed in Scotland and seen in more than 187 territories, season six will premiere on March 6, 2022.

A scientist with a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology and a specialty in scientific computation, Gabaldon has also written The Exile, an Outlander graphic novel; several novels of historical mysteries featuring Outlander’s Lord John Grey; a number of novellas; and the two-volume non-fiction Outlandish Companion.

I have seen firsthand how Americans have embraced Scottish culture through their love of Outlander. Many Outlander fans have contributed generously to the preservation of National Trust for Scotland sites associated with the novels and television show – sites like Preston Mill. We could not ask for a better ambassador for our work.

– Kirstin Bridier, executive director of NTSUSA

Canna House

Isle of Canna

The 2022 gala will celebrate the Trust’s work on the Isle of Canna, including the conservation of Canna House and the remarkable collection of Gaelic language and folklore amassed by John Lorne Campbell and his American-born wife Margaret Fay Shaw. Mrs. Thomas J. Hubbard and Jeannie Campbell Redpath Becton are our evening’s Honorary Co-Chairs in recognition of their long-standing support of and advocacy for Canna.

About the Great Scot Award

The Great Scot Award is presented annually to a Scot or American who has contributed to the countries’ shared heritage. The recipient is selected by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the award presentation is the highlight of the annual gala, A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures. Honorees include Billy Connolly (pictured here with presenter Alan Cumming, also a Great Scot Award honoree), Denise Mina, Ken Burns, Phyllis Logan, and Alexander McCall Smith. Below you will find a full list of past Honorees.

Great Scot Award Honorees

  • Honorees 2008-2018


    Mark Beaumont

    World record-breaking long distance cyclist.


    Ken Burns

    Documentary filmmaker and kinsman of Scottish poet Robert Burns.


    Phyllis Logan

    Actor, best known for her roles as Mrs. Hughes on Downton Abbey and Lady Jane Felsham on Lovejoy.


     Sir Billy Connolly

    Stand up comedian, actor, musician, TV presenter, and artist


    Richard Scott

    10th Duke of Buccleuch and the 12th Duke of Queensbury


    Ian Gow

    Chief Curator, National Trust for Scotland


    The International Alliance for the Advancement of Scottish Roots Music


    Mrs. Thomas J. Hubbard



    Christopher Forbes

    Vice chairman of Forbes Inc., noted collector and connoisseur


    Alan Cumming

    Award-Winning Actor, Singer, Writer, Producer, Director, and Author


    Alexander McCall Smith

    Internationally Acclaimed Author

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