GMHG Gaelic Mod winners
Winners in 2002 NC Provincial Gaelic Mod at Grandfather Mountain,
Saturday, 14 July, were: Best Female Gaelic Soloist: Stephanie Johnston,
Asheville, North Carolina, 2nd , Anne Landin, Silver City, North Carolina,
3rd, Cheryl Benz, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Best Male Soloist: Harry MacKenzie, Baltimore, Maryland; 2nd, Gerald
Daniel, Fayetteville, North Carolina; 3rd, a tie between Christopher
Justus, Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Donald F. MacDonald,
Edinburgh, Scotland. Honorable Mention, Mary Bennett Baxley, Little Rock,
Prizes were trophies for the two 1st Place Winners, plus books on the
Gaelic language for all as well as Gold, Silver and Bronze medals,
provided by the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Judges were Mairi
Sine Lamont of Cape Breton and Dr. Jamie MacDonald of Antigonish,
residents of the Gaelic-speaking areas of Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Gaelic language, still spoken in Nova
Scotia and in the Western Isles and Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland, was
the Mother Tongue of approximately 30,000 immigrants who came to North
Carolina from the Scottish Highlands in the last quarter of the 18th and
the first quarter of the 19th centuries. The language began to die out in
the Cape Fear Valley of North Carolina before and during the War Between
the States, but remained in a few areas of the Old North State until as
late as World War I.
Please provide any information on all of the following mentioned
persons and their ancestors. ALEXANDER STUART immigrated to
Londonderry, Ireland in (1700) and in (1705) married CATHERINE MONTGOMERY
b.(1684) near Convoy House, County Donegal, Ireland, d. (Feb 1, 1760) in
Abbeville County, South Carolina, daughter of CAPTAIN HUGH MONTGOMERY and
JANE HAMILTON, ALEXANDER and CATHERINE had 2 children born in Londonderry,
Ireland. ALEXANDER b. (1706) and MARY CATHERINE b. (1713), married JOHN
NOBLE. ALEXANDER STUART (son) had 3 sons JOHN b. (1727), SAMUEL b. (1732)
and JOSEPH b. (1735) by his first wife UNKNOWN in Londonderry, Ireland. He
had 3 sons, WILLIAM b. (Aug 4, 1739) d. (Aug 4, 1831), ARCHIBALD b. (1741)
d. (Oct 1831), and ALEXANDER b. (1744) d. (1823) by his second wife
UNKNOWN in Londonderry, Ireland. He may have had several daughters.
ALEXANDER moved his family to Lancaster County, PA. (1758) where the
spelling of their surname was changed from STUART to STEWART. In (1768)
ALEXANDER and 5 of his sons moved to York District, S.C. while JOHN
remained in Lancaster County, PA. ALEXANDER may have married a MISS (?)
BARBER who was the daughter of JOHN BARBER JUNIOR of South Carolina.
Frances Stewart Reynolds, PO Box 115, Rockwall, Texas 75087-0115,
Clan Donald USA visits South Uist
Canadians, Americans, Australians and the Council of the Chiefs of Clan
Donald not long ago went to South Uist for a short stay. The party took
the time to visit Castle Bhegram, Ormiclate Castle, Nunton House and Brove
Castle on their way to Skye and the High Council General Clan Forum. The
group also visited the birthplace of Flora MacDonald, which has a cairn to
memorialize her important contributions to the Jacobite uprising. The
group was piped to the cairn by the Uist Cadet Pipe Band.
On behalf of MacDonald clansmen worldwide a
tribute was made to Flora MacDonald. It was made by Clan Chief, Ranald
MacDonald. The story of Flora MacDonald's part in the escape to Skye of
Bonnie Prince Charlie was told by Canon Angus MacQueen. The group later
visited her grave at Kilmuir. The unveiling of the memorial, followed by
High Council General Clan Forum, to the late Air Commodore MacDonell of
Glangarry DFC, CBE was the high point of the groups' trip. High Chief,
Lord and Lady MacDonald of Macdonald had the group as guests.
A compromise could not be reached in the restoration of Castle Tioram
A compromise could not be reached between the Scottish Ministers and Anta
Estates, the current owner of the crumbling 12th century Clanranald
stronghold in Ardnamurchan.
Lex Brown, who is the leader of the company,
plans to turn the castle into a private home and clan museum.
Unfortunately, it was dismissed by the Scottish Ministers, after a 30 day
inquiry was held in February. An appeal was filed but no compromise could
be reached and the three million pound plan was rejected. A modified
proposal with all problems identified and addressed was presented.
The decision was called "a slap in the face,"
by the ARP Lorimer and Associates architects who brokered the compromise.
A judicial review, which is one of Anta Estates options, may not be heard
for up to 18 months. During that time the castle may further deteriorate.
A six foot fence presently surround the castle with signs warning watch
for falling rocks. Historical Scotland claimed that the last application
was not much changed from the previous and was therefor rejected.
Skeleton hunters find boney fella...win prizes!
He escaped again and is somewhere within these pages! Can you find him?
Out little boney guy was captured this time by many of our readers, some
of whom won nice prizes for their efforts to track him down. How do you
win? It's pretty easy. Just find the little skeleton running from his
closet...note where you find him on a postcard and send it to Skeleton
Hunt, PO Box 2828, Moultrie, GA 31776-2828. Be sure and include your own
name and address on the card. You might also include your choice of tartan
in case you win the dog collar or other tartan item from Bonbright Woolens!
Amy K. Gregory of Westfield, New York has won a very handsome handmade mug
with her clan name and crest in pottery from the Purple Heather Pottery,
475 Pinelog Church Rd., Brasstown, SC 28902.
Peggy Garringer of Witchita, Kansas will receive one of Carl's Scotland
Remembers the Alamo CD's.
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Goodwin, II of Winter Park, Florida are the winners
of a tartan belt from Bonbright Woolens.
The ten subscriptions to Reunions Magazine
from Edith Wagner will go to Ann Marie Jette, of Anaconda, Montana; Lois
Mann, Knife River, Minnesota; Jerry and Evelyn Dodd of Phoenix, Arizona;
P. H. Engst of Centralia, Missouri; Janet Reynolds, Witchita Falls, Texas;
Judith Rawlings, Cynthiana, Kentucky, Beth (Scot) Caporali, Vendergrift,
Pennsylvania; Sandra Lawrence, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Ms. Virginia Elrod,
Eureka, California and Emily C. & J. H. Heggood, McDonough, Georgia.
Prizes next time?
Next time CD from Smithfield Fair, Jocobites by Name, will be among the
prizes. We'll also have a tartan dog collar from Bonbright Woolens, a CD
from Carl Peterson - his Scotland Remembers the Alamo album and ten
subscriptions from Reunions Magazine.
How to hunt the skinniest guy...
To hunt the skeleton, all you have to do is to look through our pages and
find him. He's about an inch tall and is running from his closet. When you
find him, just send us a postcard. We always having a drawing from the
large stack of cards to see who wins!
Why in the world would you hunt a skeleton?
When you go back only about 20 generations, you have over one million four
hundred thousand ancestors...and that doubles each generation back. See?
It's just not possible - except for a Mrs. McLeod who wrote and said all
of her ancestors were aristocrats - for all of those people to be
aristocratic, lace-encrusted fancy-folk. In everyone's family, (except for
Mrs. McLeod) you'll find folks who ran afoul of the law, perhaps
"improved" their neighbor's livestock...or other colorful things. Not
realizing that we are all in the same boat, beginning genealogists worry
about this. So, to get the "skeleton in the closet" worry out of the
way...we just hide him in our pages. By the way, those ancestors who ran
afoul of the law LEFT RECORDS! You learn to love them!
Great news from Barbara!
Two months ago when I wrote about Family Tree volunteer Barbara Johnson
and her struggle with cancer...I wrote it with tears running down my face.
I was so worried about Barbara.
It is with great joy and thanksgiving that I am able to write this time
that Barbara has been declared free of cancer - at least in a preliminary
examination by her doctor. She has to go back in two months to have
another scan...but, right now, she is doing very well.
In fact, Barbara came back and stuffed the bills and statements and
prepared the envelopes and labels for our foreign and box mail.
We thank you so much for your prayers and for your cards and notes.
Miracles do happen!
how to make a quill pen?
Mary Mason, 716 Blair St., Anderson, SC 29625, wants to know how to make a
quill pen. Anybody know how? If you do, please contact Mary. You may
also email firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf Cart Cowboy
Grant-Adams has a new CD and if you look on the back, you'll see a great
illustration of his new and original song, Golf Cart Cowboy, done
by our own wonderful John Cody! The song is about an escaped Heeland Coo
and his would-be capturer...wearing a kilt, cowboy boots, cowboy hat...and
riding the range in a golf cart! See Colin's advertisement elsewhere in
this issue for ordering details!