Scholarship information offered
The Clan MacLellan Scottish Cultural Scholarship offers grants to
support the study of Scottish music, dance, language, history or
Each year an applicant is chosen, and applications are open for the
2004 award. Forms are now available. Applications must be received
by May 1 of the award year. The committee will announce the
recipient by July 1.
We seek donations from clan members to support the scholarship fund.
Additional information and applications can be obtained by
contacting Ernie McClellan, Chairman, Scholarship Committee, Think
On, quarterly newsletter of the Clan MacLellan, P.O. Box 397,
Simpsonville, Kentucky 40067.
The Chinese in California now online
The Library of Congress has released a new online collection, The
Chinese in California, 1850-1925, which contains some 8,000 images
and pages of primary source materials. Included in the online
collection are photographs, letters, excerpts from diaries, business
records, legal documents, broadsides, speeches, sheet music, and
other printed materials pertaining to traditional Chinese life in
The collection can be searched by keyword, subject, group, or theme.
Group topics include Collection of Chinese textbooks and San
Francisco Early Views. Themes range from Chinese American
Communities to San Francisco's Chinatown Business and Politics.
Browse the collection at
Kenneth J. Campbell newly
elected SSMV president
The Reverend Kenneth J. Campbell was elected president of the
Scottish Society of Martha's Vineyard at the annual meeting held
September 26th, having previously served for several years on the
board of directors.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Suffolk
University in Boston, Ken Campbell received his Masters of Business
Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, as well as
Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Following a career at IBM (International Business Machines) as an
executive in various management and staff positions, spanning more
than thirty years, Campbell became a consulting director for Genesis
Consulting in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and then retired with his
wife Cathy to make their home on Martha's Vineyard.
In 1997 he began his service as pastor of Faith Community Church of
Clan Commander recognizes three distinguished members
During the year 2001 Clan Commander Sandy McPhie recognized three
Clan members as being Truly Distinguished Members of Clan Macfie. He
commented: The contributions over many years by Fritz McDuffie
(USA), Boyt Cathey (USA), and Iain McFie (Scotland) have been
outstanding in many areas of Clan activity over several decades be
it as Clan society presidents or committee members, chairs of Clan
committees or as active members of Clan Macfie and Clan Macfie
Fritz and Boyt have specialized in Clan history and genealogy
research, while Iain has been the Clan Commissioner in Scotland and
Keeper of Clan Macfie Records. He has been coordinator (with his
wife, Fiona) for the last four Clan gatherings in Scotland.
Source: Cathey Kith and Kin Newsletter, Year 2002 Edition, Boyt
Cathey, Editor, 400 Webber Road, Apartment B-2-4, Spartanburg, South
Clan McFie history is available on a compact disk - a musical
Clan member James McFee and his son, Robin McFee, have created a
lovely musical history of Clan Macfie that tells how they left their
native Scotland and now have a presence throughout the known world.
(NOTE: It appears the Catheys left Scotland in the 1600s and
migrated to Northern Ireland (Ulster). Later in the early 1700s,
they came to the New World (America); now specifically the United
States of America, after the country was organized.)
If interested in this matter,
check the Internet and see photos of James and his son, Robin. The MP3 file can be
www.mcfee.co.uk and is called
The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road: A New Look-an audio
recording by Jo White Linn now available for your research library
Many years ago, Jo White Linn spoke to a Cathey Reunion audience on
the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road. Now a generalized version is
available through a commercial firm. For those new to Cathey Family
history, the Catheys along with hundreds of thousands of other
Scots-Irish migrated from Pennsylvania to Virginia and other
southern colonies prior to the Revolutionary War.
The tape was recorded on October 15, 1994 in Richmond, Virginia. The
conference was called On to Richmond and was sponsored by the
Federation of Genealogical Societies.
For more details, check the WWW on
http://audiotapes.com. The price is $8.50 and ships "usually in
2-3 days." The product number is #VA-97.
Source: Cathey Kith and Kin Newsletter, Boyt Cathey, Editor, 400
Webber Road, Apartment B-2-4, Spartanburg, South Carolina
John Layton Murray (1928-2003) travelled on his last journey
July 11th surrounded by his loved ones. He had lived a creative,
adventurous and gracious life and the Clan Urray will be less
without him. He will also be very much missed in countries like
Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Kiev and Guyana where he taught furniture
design with Canadian Executive Service overseas. More recently, John
began painting using watercolors and had highly successful
exhibitions in Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.
The Family Tree was advised by the Clan MacLellan of the
David R. McLellan of Newport, Washington, who died in September of
Lorna MacLellan West of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who died in June of 2003.
Donald R. McClelland of Henderson, Nevada, who dies in August of
Jean Bradely McConnell Echols was a member of the Clan Graham
Society for two decades and was always very supportive of all their
endeavors. Jean died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at her home in Marion,
Virginia. She was born in Abingdon, Virginia, the second child of
the late Charles Lee and Catherine Sanders McConnell.
Ronald J. Thomann, a career Navy enlisted man who served in
two wars, died of complications from Parkinson's disease at his home
in Columbia. He was 68.
Born in Niagara Falls, New York, Mr. Thomann attended St. Joseph's
Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, New York, before joining the Navy
Early in his 20-year career, Mr. Thomann was a member of the elite
Underwater Demolition Teams, precursor of the SEALs, and served in
Korea at the end of the conflict there.
Later, he was trained as an intelligence photo analyst and was
involved in the Cuban missile crisis. He also served in the Vietnam
During his career, Mr. Thomann served in, or visited, 44 countries
and all 50 states. Among his decorations were two Bronze Stars and
the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon.
After retiring in 1973 as a chief petty officer, Mr. Thomann moved
his family to Columbia and worked as a photographer and bonded
courier in the Linthicum area.
He served as a lay reader and usher at Christ Episcopal Church in
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Alta Garrison, a
son, a daughter, 11 brothers and sisters, and three grandchildren. A
daughter preceded him in death.
The memorial service for EDITH
"DEDE"SHIGLEY BINFORD GREEN TIGNOR, 65, of Kennesaw, was Monday,
November 3, 2003 at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Kennesaw. She
died at Tranquility Hospice of malignant melanoma. The body was
Mrs. Tignor had many interests. She was a painter of vivid
landscapes and portraits. She enjoyed snorkeling along the coasts of
Caribbean islands. She created an English garden in her yard and
recently finished a book, yet to be published, about wildflowers.
She delved into her family's English and Scottish roots and found
she was descended from Robert the Bruce of Scotland through his
Survivors include her husband, C. Wesley Tignor; her mother, Mary
Shigley of Tacoma, Washington; two stepsons, Charles W. Tignor, Jr.
of Snellville and Michael Tignor of Lilburn; a foster son, Richard
Pinson of Dallas; two sisters, Mary Carhart of Vashon Island,
Washington, and Elizabeth Anderson of Gainesville, Florida; and four
IAIN MACNEACAIL of MacNeacail and Scorrybreac passed away on
Thursday, October 16, 2003 at his home in Ballina, Queensland,
Australia, having suffered a severe stroke earlier in the week. He
was 83 years of age.
The Chief, a quiet and distinguished man, was always very giving of
his time and efforts to his Clan throughout the world. In 1994 he
was quoted as estimating that some ninety percent of his extensive
correspondence and a good deal of his reading was connected with the
Born in 1920, Scorrybreac was brought up on his father's sheep and
cattle property near Campbell Town, a small town some forty miles
south of Launceston in northern Tasmania. Educated at Scotch
College, Tasmania, from 1931 to 1938, he then joined the staff of a
daily paper as a cadet reporter until early 1940 when he volunteered
to transfer from the part time militia to the 28th Field Regiment,
9th Division Artillery, A.I.F. He remained with the regiment
throughout the war and served in the Middle Eastern campaigns and
later in the invasion of North Borneo.
After the war, he returned to the family property and in 1946
married Pamela Fish. Pam was born in Launceston, Tasmania and
educated at Fahan School, Hobart. She enlisted in the Royal
Australian Air Force in 1941 and served as a radar operator at
various Australian stations.
They commenced their farming life on a War Service Settler's block
in northern Tasmania but by 1955, his father's failing health made
it imperative that they should return to manage Scorrybreac, the
family property of some 6,000 acres named after the old clan lands
on the Isle of Skye.
Following his father's death in 1962, he purchased his brother's
interest in Scorrybreac and together with Pam their property
continued to produce good quality wool. They also founded a Galloway
cattle stud as a side interest. Five years later they moved to an
undeveloped property - which they named Kanangra - some twenty miles
north west of Canberra, where their elder daughter Robin was
attending a university.
In 1987 part of the Clan ancestral land by Ben Chracaig, Portree,
Isle of Skye, which was earlier the home for nearly eight centuries
of the Nicolson of Scorrybreac Chiefs and their clansmen, was put on
the open market. MacNicols and Nicolsons the world over formed Urras
Clann MhicNeacail (The Clan MacNeacail Trust). It took great effort
worldwide, but sufficient monies were raised and the Clan was able
to purchase the 130 acres by Ben Chracaig, a most beautiful headland
opposite Portree "for preservation and public enjoyment."
Following the purchase of Ben Chracaig, a cairn was built from
stones sent by Clan Associations all around the world. Scorrybreac
at the dedication of the cairn in October 1989 said, "I regard this
cairn as a memorial to my father; this because of a small stone
incorporated into the face of the cairn - a stone my father (Norman
Alexander Nicolson) picked up when visiting the ruins of old
Scorrybreck House (in Skye) in 1917 while on furlough from the
Western Front. He took it back to Australia and later had it set
into the keystone of the main fireplace of our home in Tasmania.
When we moved to New South Wales, I took the stone with me and now
72 years later, and after a return trip of some 22,000 miles, it has
been returned to Skye." This cairn is now a great source of interest
to the many visitors to Skye.
1988 saw the recognition by the Lord Lyon of Scorrybreac as the only
Chief of the Highland Clan, thus ending a long drawn out challenge
to that claim. While they must have drawn comfort from the worldwide
support extended to Scorrybreac and his family, it was apparent to
those who followed this case that this caused the Chief must
heartache and anxiety.
In May 1992, there was a Dedication on the Isle of Skye to mark the
birthplace of Christianity in Scotland and the legendary burial
sites of 28 Nicolson Chiefs known locally as St. Columba's Isle at
Scorrybreac's beloved wife Pam passed away on June 3, 1995. He
sorely missed his soul mate, her delicious sense of humour and her
keen sense of the ridiculous; there had always been much laughter in
their life together.
The Clan continued to progress and it gave Scorrybreac much pleasure
to announce the formation of the Highland Clan MacNeacail
Federation, and that a Grant of Arms had been made to the
Federation, under Letters Patent dated January 6, 1997, by the Lord
Lyon King of Arms. He was also very proud to learn that the
Federation had been accepted as a "Founder" of the new Scottish
Museum thanks to a generous donation made to the Museum on behalf of
the Federation by Burke Nicholson of Balvenie and Harman Nicholson
of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
In 1998 there was a further recognition of Scorrybreac's Chiefly
status with the announcement that by a warrant of May 28, 1998, the
Lord Lyon King of Arms had approved a grant to him as Chief of the
Clan MacNeacail of Supporters, a Plant Badge, and a Pinsel. He had
also approved a Change of Motto from "Generositate non Ferocitate"
to "Meminisse sed Providere" (Remember, but Look Ahead). Through the
generosity of Burke Nicholson of Balvenie, the Clan was presented
with the newly granted Pinsel, a four and one-half feel length and
two feet high flag, which show the Chiefs' Crest (a Hawk's Head) and
within a circlet his Motto and chiefly title, as well as his Plant
Clan MacNeacail has not only lost a Chief, but one who was a
treasured friend to many who knew him, a linchpin that held together
a widespread clan in warm kinship, caring and understanding. The
word gentleman is often casually used, but thoughts of Scorrybreac
are remembrances of a gentle man. That gentleness never failed him,
his physical and moral strength was evident in his service to his
country and to the wider community within Australia and throughout