Despite hardships and disappointments, most immigrants persevered. Soon they were enjoying many of the same activities they had left behind in Scotland. Almost immediately regular worship services were held in homes and vacant buildings with Elders officiating. As well, the colonists attended prayer meetings, choir practice, dances, and concerts, and some of them took singing and violin lessons. Burns Night, a popular yearly tribute to the life and works of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796) was also celebrated on or about the bard's birthday, 25 January.
Social institutions and businesses were quickly established to meet the colonists' needs. Within a year, a general store had opened and a post office was functioning at Stonehaven, later renamed Kincardine. In the fall of 1873, Douglas Lawson began teaching school-age children in Kintore settlement. The following spring children were receiving educational instruction in other parts of the Scotch Colony.