The latest edition of History Scotland provides proof, if proof were needed, that emigrating to Canada was a good move for young Scots a century ago. The magazine’s Scots in Canada Special took a look at Canadian Army enlistment documents from the First World War. They show that Scots who enlisted in Canada were both heavier and taller than their brethren who joined up back in Scotland. The authors of the article speculate as to why that might be. A healthier diet and better housing are obvious answers. The figures suggest the Scots quickly caught up with their Canadian born contemporaries in terms of height and weight after a couple of years in Canada, though they were slightly shorter on average.
On the other hand, the magazine argues, perhaps the Scots who went to Canada were already in better shape than the Scots who remained at home. A case of Canada creaming off some of the best of Scottish manhood. Certainly, food for thought there.