Our thanks to Richie Doyle
and Roger McInroy for helping with this article.
Ritchie first contacted me with a wee account...
My name is Ritchie Doyle the 17th Chieftain and Chairman of KBSC (kuala
Belait Scottish Community). I understand KBSC is the longest running
Scottish Community in Brunei and has been in existence since the 50's.
We have a small committee who run social events throughout the year with
two major events in the Annual Calendar, the Panaga Highland Games (The
17th Games was in June this year and hosted approx 3000 people) and the
St Andrew's Grand Ball which has been running for approx 7 years now and
hosts some 140 people from many parts of the world.
Our committee come from many walks of live however are mostly Scottish,
and expats or Garrison Personnel currently working or stationed here in
Brunei. We cater for a small but diverse community and have strong links
with other communities the Garrison, local businesses and vendors and
the Rotary Club in KB who raise money via the Highland Games.
There is a second Scottish community in Brunei which is based in the
Through Ritchie we heard from Roger about a few Scots...
Set up the first (and only) coal mine in Brunei. The Muara coalmine was
first mined commercially in 1883, when William Cowie was given the
concession rights to mine the coal in exchange for $1,200 per year.
These rights eventually passed to Rajah Brooke, who renamed the mine
Brooketon. Broketon Colliery continued in operation till 1924.
BURNS, ROBERT, d. Aug/Sep 1851; grandson of poet Robert Burns; trader in
Bintulu and Labuan, 1847-1849 (Bintulu then part of Brunei); killed by
pirates. He gained permission to work coal and antimony from the Sultan
in the Bintulu area.
Details 1: Full story here http://heritage.scotsman.com/robertburns/A-chip-off-the-ode.2496996.jp
Details 2: The Sarawak Museum Journal. HARRISSON, Tom, Robert Burns: the
first ethnologist and explorer of interior Sarawak, vol 5 no. 3 (new
series)/no 18 (old series) (Nov 1951) pp 463-494
First documented ascent of Mt Kinabalu. Born in Clapton to Scottish
father. He was colonial secretary to the Brooke administraion in Labuan
and so must hav had contacts with Brunei. He climbed Mt. Kinabalu with
Spenser St. John, the consul General of Brunei, in 1858
See Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Low