Singapore's Scottish Pioneers


In 1892 the Reverend Reith, the then minister at the Orchard Rd Presbyterian Church (aka the Scots Church) wrote“A Guidebook to Singapore” aimed at visitors with little time in Singapore, but who would want to see the highlights.

He was clearly as passionate about Singapore – where he worked for 7 years - as he was about his native Scotland, as he gave lectures about both countries.

We have recreated one of his suggested routes for getting to know the island - except that we will travel by air conditioned bus rather than by rickshaw as they did in the 19th century!

We’ll start & finish at the National Library, which is currently holding an exhibition - entitled “From the Stacks” – of historical documents, including an original copy of Rev Reith’s handbook.

Along the way, we’ll see many sights - & sites – and make stops at the Scots Church, Clarke Quay, St Andrew’s Cathedral as well as walking from Raffles Place to the Padang.

We’ll see what still remains intact from that era, what still remains but is used for a very different purpose, and what has disappeared and why.

Tours are usually in the morning (9:30am -1pm) and we meet either at the National Library or at the National Museum. More details will be sent to those who register through our Peatix link.