Bobby Murray to perform at
Scottish Weekend 2004 in Moultriel
Hailing from Lanarkshire, Scotland, accordion virtuoso Bobby Murray
has been performing internationally for more than four decades.
Bobby started his musical carrer as a teenager, entertaining with
his band from Aberdeenshire to the Country of Caithness on the north
coast of Scotland.
In 1978 while performing in Nova Scotia with his band "The Highland
Line," Bobby was enchanted by the beauty and music of Cape Breton.
It soon became his home as he continued performing solo throughout
the maritime provinces.
Bobby is an award winning composer, arranger and author, with a very
long and distinguished list of compositions and accomplishments. In
1997 he began to tour the U.S. where his "one man band" sound has
made him a favorite from coast to coast.
History of Medicine
2000 B.C. - Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D. - That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 A.D. - That prayer is superstition. Here drink this potion.
1940 A.D. - That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1984 A.D. - That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
2000 A.D. - That antibiotic doesn't work anymore. Here, eat this
Provided by the Cloud Family Journal of the Cloud Family
Association: 508 Crestwood Dr. Eastland, TX 76448. Thank you.
Richard William Buchanan was born August 30, 1938 at Kearney
to Pete and Marion (Ferguson) Buchanan. He married Marilyn Terhune.
He was a Navy Seal war veteran. He served as Nebraska Regent for the
Clan Buchanan Society and enjoyed the Highland Games. He was a
communications technician in California. He also lived in Colorado
and served as sheriff of Nederlands, Colorado. He married Anelda
Sinks Hazen, on December 27, 1982. He is survived by six children,
Kathleen of Fort Collins, Colorado, Robert of Fort Collins,
Colorado, Roberta of Oklahoma, Matthew of North Dakota, Wendy of
Fort Collins and five grandchildren. He is also survived by a
brother Michael Buchanan of Utah and a sister Patti Campbell of
Pueblo, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents and an
infant son. His cremains were scattered in Scotland.
Shankland Weekender Set for September
The St. Andrew's Society of Connecticut will hold its 20th annual
Scottish Festival on Saturday, October 4, 2003 at the Goshem
Fairgrounds on Rte. 63 in Goshen, Connecticut.
Entertainment will be provided by Charlie Zahm, IONA and various
other groups. Entertainment will range from traditional to modern
music. The 42nd Royal Highland Regiment of Foote will hold an
encampment circa 1700s. Competitions will be held in solo bagpiping,
highland dancing and invitational athletics for men and women.
Children games will also be held. For the kilted man, a bonnie knees
competition will be held with sign-up at the festival. Clan
representatives from the various Scottish clans will also be
present. Scottish Country Dancing, the parent of American square
dancing will also be performed. There will be cultured events such
as weaving, sheepherding, genealogy and more. Merchant vendors and
food vendors will also be present.
The hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Admissioin is $10.00 for adults;
$5.00 for ages 6-16 and seniors; under age 6 free. The website is <
Blauvelt Descendants to Meet in September
On September 20, 2003 The Association of Blauvelt Descendants will
hold its 77th Annual Meeting and Reunion on the campus of St. Thomas
Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York. The theme, "Putting It All
Together," a genealogical event, will help all members and guests in
their genealogical searches.
A three hour genealogy seminar will be conducted by Thomas W. Jones,
Ph.D., Professor of Education at Gallaudet University. Dr. Jones is
a noted genealogist and is certified by the N.G.R. Board for
certification of Genealogists.
The Association of Blauvelt Descendants has over 700 members and is
one of the oldest Dutch families living in the United States,
arriving in 1638.
Laverta Wenonah Hack, of Lapeer, Michigan, died Sunday, May
25, 2003 at 76 years of age. The family would like to thank Dr. Amy
Daros, the nurses, aides and social workers of IHS Riverband in
One of Post 7's members, Thomas Wm. Biggs, died Monday, May
26, 2003 at St. Joseph Hospital, Savannah, GA due to complications
after surgery. Tom joined SAMS Lt. Hugh McKay Post 7's Color/Honor
Guard in 2001, was a member of Clan MacMillan, a knight in the
Knight's Templar, an avid Civil War re-enactor and enjoyed
He was a retired Special Forces non-commissioned officer who served
two tours in the Vietnam War. He recently served three decades as a
Civilian Intelligence Analyst with the 1st Ranger Battalion and was
recently deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Do you have info on Raleigh Cown by Jim Wood, articles about
A.P. FARLEY? Family Pages 261, 262, 291, 555, 562, 502, 486, 488,
33. Also looking for the church where LILLIE S. LEWIS's funeral was
in Huntington, West Virginia; born 1886 in Dalton, Illinois, died
1973 in Huntington, West Virginia where she was buried. Please
contact Hal Lewis, 124 Cumberland Ave., Buffalo, NY 14220.
I am looking for info on LILLIE S. LEWIS; born 1886 in Dalton
City, Illinois, died 1973 and buried in Huntington, West Virginia;
parents were JOHN STEWART and ISABELL, maiden name unknown. Both
parents said to have came from Scotland. I would also like info on
LESLIE THOMAS LEWIS, born Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennesse.
Looking for his ancestry and do you know what a political cemetary
is? Please contact Hal Lewis, 124 Cumberland Ave., Buffalo, NY
Do you have any info on the COLE family of Raleigh County,
West Virginia? I am also looking for info on VIRGINIA JANE SAWYERS
of Monroe Co., Virginia. Please contact Hal Lewis, 124 Cumberland
Ave., Buffalo, NY 14220.
Early Arthurian Britain classes available online
As everyone of Welsh descent probably knows, the Arthurian legend
originated in Welsh tradition. Therefore, I would like to invite
those of Welsh descent to join me for a new online history course,
Early Arthurian Britain.
The class explores the early Age of King Arthur from the historical
point of view, extending from the withdrawal of Roman rule to King
Arthur's reputed rise to power. The class also covers many aspects
of early Welsh history and how the Arthurian legend developed out of
Readers, writers, amateur historians and enthusiasts will enjoy the
materials. The course, sponsored by Suite University at
<www.suite101.com>, may be taken as a full two-week session with
access to discussions, or as a "quick" course in which the materials
may be downloaded at anytime with no discussions. Complete
information and registration can be found at:
Provided by: Ninnau Newspaper, 11 Post Terrace, Basking Ridge, NJ
You are invited to register your genealogical links to the
Founding Families of Macklenburg. This registry will honor and
perpetuate the memory of the early pioneers who were living in
Mecklenburg County before May 31, 1775.
The story about the date, May 31, 1775, forms a unique chapter in
the history of Mecklenburg County. Although trouble had been brewing
in the American Colonies for some time, tempers reached a boiling
point when Britain closed the port of Boston in 1774. A cry went out
from the Massachusetts Colony for all other colonies to select
delegates to convene a new government, a Continental COngress. In
North Carolina, Governor Martin refused to convene the Assembly
which would have elected the delegates and, in frustration,
community leaders met at New Bern to from a Provincial Congress. The
Governor was so infuriated by the unauthorized meetings he dissolved
the North Carolina Assembly leaving the colony without official
Mecklenburg's leaders were alarmed
at the deteriorating state of affairs and called a countywide
meeting. Thomas Polk, as commander of the county militia, instructed
the citizens to elect two representatives from each militia district
to meet in the Charlotte Town Courthouse on Friday, May 19, 1775.
While the delegates were discussing the need for an immediate form
of local government, the meeting was interrupted by shouts from the
crowd outside. A courier brought news about the Battle of Lexington,
a month earlier in Massachusetts, where British troops had fired on
American civilians. The crowd was inflamed by the news. If the
British had attacked one colony, clearly no colony was now under the
protection of the Crown and owed no allegiance to the King.
The defiant resolutions adopted by
the convention on May 20 declared Mecklenburgers to be a "free and
independent" people. The document became known as the Mecklenburg
Declaration of Independence, the Mack Dec. However, as tempers
cooled, controversy followed. Some in the county were afraid of
trying to "go it alone." After much discussion, on May 31, 1775, the
Mecklenburg Resolves were adopted. The document contained 20
amendments outlining how the people would elect leaders and maintain
law and order until laws could be authorized by Congress. The
community raised a "voluntary subscription" to send Capt. James Jack
to deliver the documents to North Carolina delegates, Caswell, Hewes
and Hooper attending the Second Continental Congress in
Many believe the Mecklenburg
Declaration of Independence and the Resolves formed the first
official declaration of independence from Britain. Unfortunately a
fire later destoyed the Minutes of the May 19-20 Meeting. Even
though some suggest that the Meck Dec was a complete fabrication,
the Resolves were published in several newspapers in the state,
proving that on May 31, 1775, the cities of Mecklenburg County had a
defined sense of the value of their community and wree willing to
rick their lives and fortunes to secure its future.
If you can prove each generation
of your lineage back to an individual who settled in Mecklenburg
County before May 31, 1775, you will be eligible for recognization
as a member of the Founding Families of Mecklenburg. Write to the
address below to receive an application and instructions. When your
application is verified, you will receive a specially designed lapel
pin that you may wear proudly as well as an attractive certificate
suitable for framing.
Please send a long self-addressed
stamped envelope (SASE) to request an application for membership in
Founding Families of Mecklenburg, Historic Rural Hill Farm, P.O. Box
1009, Huntersville, NC 28070.
Beatrice Rosamund Ross, the mother of Chief David Ross of
Ross and Balnagowan, was born in India in 1907, the daughter of a
serving army officer.
She was educated in Gibralter during the First World War
(1914-1918), and later at boarding school in England.
Thereafter she gained a Master of Arts degree in Geography at London
University and a PhD. in Geology. Subsequently she lectured at the
same university before marriage to Chief David's father, a
practicing barrister (attorney), in 1929. Later they traveled
with Chief David to Granada, Nyasaland (now Malwai), Palestine, and
Gibralter before reaching Scotland, where her husband Charles
settled to practice law. She had two children, David and Anne,
five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was widowed in
1966. She died in Fort William, Scotland close to her daughter on
27th January, 2003 at the age of 96. She will be greatly missed by
her family. (Information sent by David Ross.)
An "honorary" Scot of Italian heritage, John B. Odisio, who
passed away recently raised the very first Clan Ross tent in
California history. He even won best Clan Tent Display at Santa
Rosa. He was 81 when he died on October 23, 2002, and he is greatly
The Rampant Lion Flag - "To Fly or Not to Fly?" is the question
At the Potomac Celtic Festival a couple of years ago, it was
explained to me by one of the festival officials that in judging the
best Scottish tent, points would be subtracted if you were flying or
otherwise displaying a Rampant Lion flag. He went onto explain that
the flag belonged to and represented the Queen in Scotland and that
it's use by others was unlawful. This cautionary note bothered me
because as I looked down the rows of Scottish tents, I saw a sea of
these bright red and yellow flags waving in the wind. I proceeded to
ask other clan commissioners if they were aware that the flag's use
was unauthorized, but most responded that they were not aware of any
such prohibition. Matter of fact, one of the Commissioners advised
me that the Lyon Court had authorized the use of the flag and that
it was widely used by Scottish soccer and rugby fans.
Confused by these conflicting
views, I brought the matter up with Malcolm who contacted the Lyon
Court seeking its opinion. The Lyon Clerk and Keeper of Records
responded with the following opinion.
"...The Queen has given no formal
permission for the lion rampant to be flown as a flag. The situation
remains that this is a Royal flag and only used by the Sovereign. It
can appear within a scheme of declaration where there are many other
flags, but strictly speaking, should not be flown with only the
saltire. A blind eye is turned to the waving of the flag at such
occasions as Jubilees when The Sovereign herself may be presnet, or
there is a paricular desire to show loyalty to the Crown. I think it
would be illogical for it to be flown by Americans who clearly have
no personal loyalty to the Crown, and I would warmly recommend that
they continue to use the saltire only...."
Malcolm notes that to be correct,
we should follow the Lyon Clerk's advise. But he also recognizes
that few people are aware of the Lyon Court's position and that
given the wide use of the Rampant Lion flag in America, "the horse
has bolted" and it would be inappropriate to impose now a rigid clan
policy outlawing use of the Rampant Lion.
Bud Ginn, Clan Sinclair
Commissioner for Virginia
Thanks to: Yours Aye; Clan Sinclair Association 89 Sentry Way
Merrimack, NH 03054
Boys, not the cow started Chicago fire
Mrs. O'Leary's famous cow has been exonerated of starting the
Chicago fire. Some young boys just beginning to smoke were
responsible for the blaze which razed the city back in 1871,
according to John P. Keefe, a veteran printer and witness to the
Keefe declared that he met a man 15 years after the disaster who
admitted that he and three others probably started the fire.
" I had always believed the story that the blaze was started when
Mrs. O'Leary's cows kicked over the lantern," Keefe explained. "But
then I met this man - I don't remember his name - who declared that
he and the other boys were hiding in the O'Leary hayloft when the
woman came in for the evening milking.
"They remained hidden to escape detection, this man told me, and
after Mrs. O'Leary had finished the chores, they brought out their
clay pipes and started smoking. This man beleived that it was a
spark or a match in that hayloft that started the fire."
[Daily Republican Times-Ottawa-Nov. 23, 1931]
Thank you: The Genie's View; The LaSalle County Genealogy Guild -
115 W. Glover St. Ottawa, IL 61350
Tranter Centre opens in Lennoxlove
A centre in memory of the world-famous historical author Nigel
Tranter was opened in Lennoxlove House, Haddington recently.
Housed in a small room on the ground floor, the centre contains his
many works and some original manuscripts as well as a photographic
display illustrating the various aspects of his life.
Thanks: Clan Hamilton Newspaper
Smithfield Virginia - George E. Hamilton Jr., 87, died
Tuesday, March 25, 2003. He was a native of Leonardtown, Maryland
and retired as Director of Smithfield Foods. Mr. Hamilton was so
respected he even had a ham named after him, the Hamilton EZ Karv
Ham, which was first marketed in 1978.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nacy Miller; two sons,
George E. Hamilton III and John Miller Hamilton; granddaughter,
Kathryn Miller Hamilton; three sisters, Cecelia Plummer, Patricia
Collins, and Jane Cecelia Hamilton; two brothers, John E. Hamilton
and David W. Hamilton.
Helen "Chickie" Chickering Buck, 92, now of Hilton Head
Island, South Carolina and Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida died in her
sleep Saturday, July 27, 2002 at the Cypress of Hilton Head.
Born July 14, 1910 in Oil City, she was the daughter of James H. and
Helen S. Chickering and grew up in the area where the oil industry
in America first started.
In 1931, she married her childhood sweetheart LT Champlin F. Buck Jr.,
newly graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. "Chickie"
was an avid volunteer particularly for Saint Patrick's Episcopal
Church and the Red Cross Aide Program.
Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn B. Moore; a son, Champin F. Buck
III; six grandchildren, Elizabeth M. Burns, Sara M. Nunn, William H
Buck, Christopher B. Buck, Rebecca M. Hamlin and Andrew F. Buck; ten
great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Kenton
Chickering, 96, and Edwin S. Chickering, 90.
Brigadier General Edwin S. Chickering, fondly known as
"Chick," died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, in Little Rock. He was born
September 21, 1912, the third of four children of James and Helen
Chickering of Oil City, Pennsylvania, where his father was with the
Oil Well Supply Company.
He attended the University School in Cleveland, Ohio; and graduated
with an engineering degree from Lehigh University in Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania in 1935. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army
When the United States entered World War II, Chick was appointed
Commander of the 357th Fighter Group which he led in combat from
England. During the war he was promoted to Colonel. He recieved many
other appointments and promotions during his military career, which
ended in November of 1967.
Chick is survived by his wife Mary Jim Chickering; his son Jim
Chickering and daughter-in-law Robin Chickering; his grandchildren,
Allison Christine Chickering and Edwin Shepard Chickering II; his
older brother, Kenton Chickering; nephews, Kenton Chickering III,
Scott Chickering, Benjamin Hamilton Chickering; a niece, Mrs.
Carolyn Moore; many cousins; and a host of admiring friends.
Agency name changed
The name of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
is now the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS).
You may need to take note in your list of addresses and change some
website urls. The correct new url is
Thanks to the Immigrant Genealogical Society; P.O. Box 7369,
Burbank, CA 91510-7369.
Search for Wisconsin people and places
The Wisconsin Historical Society has a collection of clippings from
newspaper obituaries and items from county hstories published from
1850-1970. The actual articles are online and are searchable by
surname or by locality.
You may browse this sizeable database free at:
www.shsw.wisc.edu/wlhba A similar site:
Thanks to the Immigrant Genealogical Society; P.O. Box 7369,
Burbank, CA 91510-7369.
Scholarship awarded to Andrew W. Raynes
The 2003 Clan MacFarlane Society, Inc., Scholarship has been awarded
to Andrew Wade Raynes, of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Andrew was
sponsored by CMS, Inc., member Jeannette Nolte, of West Chester,
Pennsylvania, who has known Andrew and his family since he was a
Andrew has a 3.8 average over his
three and a half years at Wissahickon High School, with several AP
courses, and has a very strong athletic recored as well. He has held
several part-time jobs, including refereeing youth soccer. His
honors and involvement in extracurricular activities is more than
impressive, especially in view of his mostly A grades, constant
athletic participation and job history. He has elected to do far
more than the minimum requirements, having challenged himself with
both Latin and German and gone as far as AP Calculus in math.
Looking at his record, I cannot imagine when the lad has slept over
the last 4 years.
Andrew hasn't decided on which
college he will attend, and like many hish school seniors, isn't
completely certain what his future will look like, but he's planning
to major in Business. Jeannette says she thinks he'd do very well in
Engineering, too, and from the looks of his transcript, something in
Health and Phyical Education isn't out of the question.
Jeannette also notes that Andrew's
great-great grandfather was a MacFarlane from Glasgow. I hope this
means we can look forward to many years' association with this
outstanding young man, as a member of the Society.
Thank you to MacFarlanes' Lantern 21031 Parthenia St., #378 Canoga
Park, CA 91304 USA
Useless, but interesting!
ABRACADABRA, a meaningless word once supposed to have a magical
efficacy as an antidote against agues and other fevers. Ridiculously
minute directions for the proper use of the charm was given in the
Praecepta de Medicina of Serenus Sammonicus. The paper on which the
word was written had to be folded in the form of a cross, suspended
from the neck by a strip of linen so as to rest on the pit of the
stomach, worn in this way for nine days, and then, before sunrise,
cast behind the wearer into a stream running to the east. The
letters of this word were usually arranged to form a triangle in one
or other of the following ways:
Encylopedia Britannica, 9th ed., 1878, s.v. "Abracadabra."
Special Thanks to The Journal of the International Society for
British Genealogy and Family History, P.O. Box 3115, Salt Lake City,
Dr. Frederick C. Shaw, DDS, 79, of Davin Lane, Lenoir, died
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at Frye Regional Medical Center. He was born
March 15, 1923, in Iredell County to the late Robert Clyde and Annie
Wright Shaw. He was also preceded in death by his first wife,
Geraldine Efird Shaw; abrother, John Henry Shaw, and a
granddaughter. He attended school in Harmony, Phieffer College and
graduated from Catawba College in August of 1949 and the Medical
College of Virginia School of Dentistry in June 1953. He was a
member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church; a life member of the Lenoir
Optimist Club where he served as president of the club in 1966; a
member of the Masonic Lodge #262 A.F. & A.M.; and a member of the
Shriners (Oasis Temple) for over 50 years where he served as
president and ambassador for three years. He was a U.S. Army veteran
of WWII having served in North Africa and Italy. Survivors included
his wife, Frances Smith Shaw; a son, Frederick Efird Shaw; a
stepson, David Wendelborg; a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Martha Rebecca)
Mills; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Steve (Evin) Conrad of Aurora; a
brother, Robert Warren Shaw; three grandchildren and two step