The Monument Project
On November 30, 2005, the St. Andrew’s Society of Tampa Bay dedicated a monument to the Scottish Settlers of Tampa Bay. The monument, designed and built for the Society, was paid for by donations of its members. At the base of the monument is a stone transported by Ian Greig from the Scottish home of William Wallace.
The dedication took place at Spanish Creek Park (601 Bayshore Road) in Tampa and was attended by Pam Iorio, the Mayor of Tampa at that time. Bob Kirkbride, the Society President and prime mover behind the project, presided over the Dedication Ceremony.
In the following year on Tartan Day, April 6, a Tartan Day celebration was held in the park. The ceremony began with a parade of the tartan banners led by the piper. The parade was followed by a program including the reading of the Congressional Declaration of Tartan Day, a historical presentation, and the singing of Scottish songs. After the ceremony, a luncheon was served.
It is the Society’s desire that the Monument serve as a reminder that the Tampa Bay area has a strong Scottish ancestry and that we owe a debt of gratitude to those settlers who risked all to come here and rebuild their lives in the New Scotia.