Thank you for the
This year, we're collecting Valentines for Braveheart Scottish Weekend
which is set for February 14, 15, 16, 2003. We'll use your discarded
cards, decorations, etc., for the Friday night Old Fashioned Ceilidh
decorations. This particular Friday night falls on Valentine's Day!
Thanks to Phyllis Little of Sacramento, California; Mr. & Mrs. John M.
Godwin, II of Winter Park, Florida; Jean Gordon of Orlando, Florida; and
Flora Tarr of Burbank, California. All of the Valentine's are beautiful
and will help make our Friday night festive.
Mrs. Tarr wrote, "Here are 10 photos of my mother's 90-year-old
Valentines. They are not quite as nice as they originals, but they are so
sentimental. Mother has been gone for 27 years, but she would have been
pleased that someone was interested! Have fun with them!"
How kind of Mrs. Tarr to share her wonderful mementos with our Braveheart
If you have Valentine things that you'd like to share - whatever they may
be - just send them to: Braveheart Scottish Weekend Valentine's, PO Box
2828, Moultrie,GA 31776.
Jamie MacDonald has translated Old MacDonald Had A Farm into Gaelic.
Here it is!
Old MacDonald Had A Farm (Click on picture
for larger version)
Your editor had the
opportunity to see and hear distinguished, elegant adults sing this old
children's favorite! If I were giving prizes, I think maybe the "Le honk
honk sud, honk honk soe"
We love a mystery! Can you solve this one?
Marilyn Ross of Clan Ross sent this to us in hopes that some Family Tree
reader will be able to solve a very old mystery.
Marilyn wrote, "...was received from one of our Ross members. Do you know
if "The Burns Memorial Committee" is still in existence? Does anyone have
Here's what the Clan Ross member wrote: "My father was a young boy when
his mother died, after having five children, Donald being #4. His younger
sister, Madeline, died shortly after. Donald's two older sisters and an
older brother helped their father keep the family together. I never heard
my father speak of those years."
The story continued, "The grandfather had a music publishing business in
the Boston area. I have learned that, for several years, he took a troupe
of Scottish singers and dancers on tours of the northeastern United
States. Apparently, his Scottish ancestry was important to him. He died in
the 1920s, I believe. In his will, he left a gold-headed cane to my
"My mother left the cane to my brother, Richard, who passed it on to my
care. The gold head is beautifully carved and has a story engraved within
an oval on one side.
I wonder if anyone knows if the Burns Memorial Committee is still in
existence. As you can see, the presentation was made move than 100 years
ago. A newspaper account I saw once said that the cane was given 100 years
after the death of Robert Burns. My grandfather earned it because he did
so much to keep the memory of Robert Burns alive by making those annual
If anyone knows anything about "The Burns Memorial Committee" please reply
to: Marilyn Ross, 6251 Old Dominion Drive North, McLean, VA 22101. Marilyn
will pass the information on to the inquirer. (Please let The Family Tree
Mountain Highland Games COSCA Newsletter Seminar "Class of 2002."
The group joined Beth Gay for about 2 hours of discussion, ideas,
solutions and questions at the Chief's Tent on Friday afternoon at 1 PM.
Plans call for another Newsletter Editor's (and Interested Persons)
meeting next year, same time, same place.
Newsletter Contest Winner
Anne Monroe Long,
at the Clan Munro tent, GMHG, with her certificate and banner earned as
Overall Grand Prize Winner for the 2002 Family Tree Newsletter Contest!
(The Silver Bowl was nearby!)