Scottish Harp Scholarship announces 2003 winner...
Congratulations to Cynthia Cathcart!
Cynthia Cathcart of Silver Springs, Maryland has been awarded the
2003 Ethel K. MacNeal Scholarship for the Scottish harp. The annual
award is sponsored and funded by the Council of Scottish Clans and
Associations, Inc. (COSCA).
The award was announced during the 2003 Tenth annual Loch Norman
Highland Games, Huntersville, North Carolina.
The $400.00 annual scholarship will be used by Ms. Cathcart in
private study of harp music. She has been a keen student of the
Scottish harp for nine years and also plays the piano. Cathcart has
won the National harp title twice, once in Texas and once at
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
Ms. Cathcart is very active in the Scottish Harp Society of America,
Inc., and is affiliated with Clan Ogilvie and a close friend of
Clans Fraser, Hamilton and Lamont.
The Scottish Harp was often a hereditary office and harpers were
many times seen with their clan chief in battle.
Royce Neil McNeill, administrator for the Ethel K. MacNeal Scottish
Harp Scholarship is now accepting applications for the 2004
scholarship until April 1, 2004. Applications may be obtained by
contacting: COSCA-Ethel K. MacNeal Scottish Harp Scholarship, 1824
Stoneyridge Drive, Charlotte, NC 28214-8341.
Scotstown Music presents new CD of Burns music
A program of fifteen of Robert Burns' songs, some old favorites and
some unknown, and instrumental pieces composed or known during
Burns' lifetime, in authentic settings, this CD will quickly become
one of your favorites.
All the lyrics are printed with translations where necessary. There
is also an extensive historical background essay, with newly
discovered facts, by Dr. David Johnson, leading authority on
eighteenth century Scots music.
Other titles available through Scotstown Music include Songs of the
Sephardim, A Song of David, Scots on the Fiddle and many more.
For more information about The Art of Robert Burns by The Musicians
of Edinburgh under the direction of David Johnson, Artistic
Director, visit website <www.scotstown.com> or e-mail Scotstown
Music at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone numbers are 303-343-1326 or +44-131-667-5762.
Are you a youngster and interested in piping or dumming?
The Detroit, Michigan St. Andrew's Society Pipe Band is looking for
young people interested in piping or drumming. The lessons are FREE.
Do you have a son, daughter, nephew, niece, grandchild, godchild or
student that you think may be interested?
If so, give Dave Martin a call at 734-464-0468 or e-mail him at
From The Highland Fling Newsletter, 5940 Pontiac Trail, Orchard
Lake, Michigan 48323.
My branch of the LESLIE family has lived in Nova Scotia for
the last 250+ years. In the late 1800s one of the family moved to
southern Saskatchewan leaving a few adult children there, continued
on to British Columbia. Descendants of this fellow and his children
migrated into the American Pacific states. If you by chance are
descended from Leslies from Canada, can you help me add on to the
family tree? Thanks for any help you can give. Contact Peter J.
Leslie, Halifax, Nova Scotia at
Electronic volunteers wanted
Dr. Gordon Barclay, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland's Proceedings
Editor, is taking forward the next stage of the acclaimed scanning
project - the task of putting the electronic Proceedings onto sets
Volunteers are needed to check through the online Proceedings for
omissions and other errors. Even if you can only undertake to cover
a limited number of volumes, it would still be of great help.
If you are interested in helping, please contact Gordon by e-mail on
The Tartan Apple gives history
of Scots in New York City
A 60-minute digital video by Harlan Douglas Whatley, The Tartan
Apple: the Scots in New York City tells the under examined story of
the people who emigrated from Scotland to New York City from the
17th century to the present. The story is told chronologically,
beginning with Captain William Kidd, who is stereotyped as a pirate
more so than a successful privateer.
Thousands of Scots put their lives on the line to leave their
precious homeland for a better life. Many were forced to leave as
their wealthy landlords, who often shared the same surname,
determined that sheep were worth more than people. Others arrived as
indentured servants or mercenaries.
Three signers of the Declaration of Independence were members of New
York's oldest charity, the Saint Andrew's Society of the State of
New York. Men of Scottish descent founded early New York City
newspapers such as The New York Post and the Herald Tribune.
In the civil War, the 79th NYSVM "Highlanders" served New York City
and the Union proud. The regiment was comprised of members of the
New York Caledonian Club.
Andrew Carnegie was an active businessman and philanthropist in New
York City. Baseball legend Bobby Thomson, born in Glasgow, hit his
"shot heard round the world," as a New York Giant.
Scottish country dancing groups can be found all throughout the
city, as well as Scottish football supporters.
Tartan Day is celebrated on April 6th in Central Park and November
30th is St. Andrew's Day.
The Tartan Apple intercuts dramatic re-creation scenes of the
American Revolution and the American Civil War with narration,
interviews and archival material that include parade footage of the
New York Caledonian Club in Central Park from the late 1800's and
several carte de viste portrait photographs. Music for the project
includes Scottish fiddle, bagpipes, harp, and vocalists. Dr. Karen
Bonthrone and John Forrest do narration of the story. The
documentary includes interviews of pillars of the Scottish-American
and historical community in New York City.
For more information, please contact Harlan Douglas Whatley, 192
East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021; telephone 212-737-8004; or
visit website www.skyefilms.com
From the pen of Liz Curtis Higgs comes her second Scottish
The second of two books in a four-part series, Fair is the Rose once
again transports readers to the Scottish Lowlands of the eighteenth
century, the breathtaking setting for the number one Christian
historical fiction best-seller, Thorn in My Heart.
Liz Curtis Higgs tells the story of the McBride sisters - quiet,
gentle, Leana and bonny, spirited Rose - who are caught in a
desperate situation. Both women have given their hearts to the same
handsome cousin, Jamie McKie of Glentrool, a young man in search of
honor and faith in a household where secrets hold sway.
When a child, wee Ian, is added to the household, the relationship
between Leana and Rose is strained to the breaking point. Soon the
two sisters find their lives painfully interwoven in a pattern as
intricate as any tartan. Each woman longs for the same happy ending
- a true and lasting love of her own, and a quiver full of children.
Yet, for both sisters, the cost will be far beyond counting.
Liz Curtis Higgs is blessed to have two Lowland families - Walkers
and Crawfords - in her family history, and she's had the joy of
visiting Scotland on six occasions. Many readers say Liz Curtis
Higgs knows Scotland well and can tell her stories with great
For more details about Liz Curtis Higgs' books, visit the website
<www.LizCurtisHiggs.com> or contact her at PO Box 43577, Louisville,
Kentucky 40253, phone 502-254-5454.
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Top 2003 Cameron Prize for
Poetry goes to Barbara McPhail!
The Clan Cameron Association and the Cameron of Lochiel family are
pleased to announce the winners of the 2003 Cameron Prize for
Entries were received from six countries and encompassed a variety
of subjects, mostly related to the Clan Cameron and Lochaber. Upon
review by an international panel of judges, a tie for top honours
occurred. The winning entries were: By Spean Bridge, a striking
tribute to the heroic men of Lochaber written by Barbara McPhail and
The People of 'The Blenheim,' the heart-felt story of Highlanders
immigrating to New Zealand by John Grant. Honourable mention for
third place also went to Barbara McPhail for her poignant work
entitled The Disgruntled Wife. Mr. Grant and Ms. McPhail both hail
from Wanganui, New Zealand.
Of the results, Donald A. Cameron, Younger of Lochiel, Lord
Lieutenant of Inverness-shire related the following:
"The Lochiel family was delighted with the response to the idea of a
Cameron Poetry Prize and amazed by the quality of the entries, all
of which were of a very high standard. Choosing the best three was a
hard task but we think the result is fair, and I offer warmest
congratulations to John Grant and Barbara McPhail (is it something
in the New Zealand air that inspires poets down under?) whose poems
will be preserved for posterity in the Cameron Archives. . .This
year we will hold another competition but for a short story rather
than a poem - details to follow later. I hope clansfolk find these
competitions fun - either as a participant or as an onlooker - as I
believe that they add a modern dimension to being a member of the
As aforementioned, the three honoured poems have been entered into
the Clan Cameron Archives
www.clan-cameron.org/archives.html with an associated page
listing the author's biographies
www.clan-cameron.org/prize.htms Ms. McPhail and Mr. Grant also
received certificates of recognition from Colonel Sir Donald H.
Cameron of Lochiel, K.T., XXVI Chief of Clan Cameron.
The 2004 Cameron Prize will be for best original short story.
Guidelines are much the same as the 2003 competition, namely the
topic must relate directly to the Camerons of Lochiel, Clan Cameron
in general or other directly associated subjects, past or present,
historic or fictional. Further details are available at Clan Cameron
Online. A length of 500 to 1,500 words is recommended for all short
stories. Entries may be submitted (one per person, maximum) prior to
November 1, 2004 to Clan Cameron Online, PO Box 745, Plainfield,
Illinois 60544 USA.
A tale of three sisters
Raymond Hunter, (Yes, he is Mel's cousin!)
In the early part of the 1800s, there were three families who
lived first in Cherokee County, North Carolina, then subsequently in
Union County, Georgia. Solomon Chapman, born March 19, 1814, had
five sons and five daughters, among whom were Susannah (born in
1849), Lavina (born January 9, 1852), and Arminta (born September
21, 1864). Reuben Deaver, born January 9, 1811, married first to a
Lydia (maiden name unknown), who was born April 27, 1813, died
October 27, 1870. Reuben offered a deal to Susannah Chapman, who was
for a reason lost in the mists of time considered unmarriageable -
perhaps she was harelipped, or had a disfiguring facial birthmark,
or had a severe speech impediment. Being unmarriageable in those
years was a severe liability; she faced a future of dependence on
various family members for her upkeep.
Reuben Deaver proposed to marry her (they were in fact married on
December 18, 1970 in Union County), with the arrangement that she
would take care of him in his senior years, and that on his death he
would will to her all of his estate, providing for her financial
security. He did in fact do so; his will is found in the Union
County wills, probated in August 1888. Susannah did more than keep
house for Reuben; they produced five sons.
In the meantime, the son of the third family, one William W. Welch,
had married a daughter of Reuben Deaver and his first wife, Lydia -
marrying Elvira Deaver, who was born 1842, died 1879. William was
thus the son-in-law to Reuben Deaver. One of the offspring to that
marriage was Lou Ella (or Ellen, as most documents list her) Welch,
born in 1870. She married Grant Rhodes, and from that union came
James McKinley Rhodes, the grandfather to Mel Gay, husband to your
A son to that marriage was Thomas Reuben Welch, who was born August
28, 1861. He married in 1884 to Arminta Chapman. His daughter was
Margaret Caledonia Welch, who married John Start Hunter; from that
union came a grandson. . .well, me.
William Welch's wife, Elvira Deaver, then died, and William married
a second time to Lavina Chapman on September 30, 1880. From that
union came six children. So between 1884, when Reuben Welch married
Arminta Chapman, and 1888, when Reuben Deaver died, there were three
generations (Reuben Deaver; his son-in-law, William Welch; and his
grandson, Thomas Reuben Welch) who were married to three sisters.
To you family history buffs who can work out any kind of degree of
kinship, a challenge: develop a complete chart giving all of the
family relationships of the three Chapman sisters and their
Thanks from the Family Tree to Raymond Hunter of Kilbrae Farm and
Gardens, 2739 Freeman Road, Royston, Georgia 30662, phone