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Clan Colquhoun of North America Newsletter
January 2006


Society President Jim Kilpatrick had his own personal body guards at the Stone Mountain games in October. Twins Jordan and Connor Wells of Bethlehem, GA also helped carry our banner in the Parade of Tartans along with Julia and Kelly Winkler. Julia and Kelly’s grandfather Ken Winkler, known as the Cowboy Calhoun, was home recovering from heart surgery.

Ken is the man who tends to the visiting pipe bands needs and gets them on and off the parade field. Kens son Stretch helped fill Ken’s vacancy and perched the Cowboy’s hat on one of the speakers for the weekend to mark his absence.  

Missed Opportunity. For members who don’t know, E Bay can be like an internet antique store. Of course I search it for Colquhoun artifacts. Here’s one I was outbid on: a book written by Detective Chief Superintendent Robert Colquhoun M.B.E. called Life Begins At Midnight published in 1962. Detective Colquhoun joined the Glasgow police department in the 1920’s when the “razor gangs” were active. He served 37 years, was involved in 50 murder cases, and became head of the Criminal Investigation Department. We contacted Alastair Dinmor, the chairman of the Glasgow Police Heritage Society.  Alastair was kind enough to supply us with a photo and newspaper clipping:

Alastair has also offered to write an article for us about Patrick Colquhoun (1745-1820) known as the “'Father of Glasgow”.

Chief Paul B. Calhoun of the Greensboro, NC Police Department was honored guest for the 1999 Triad Highland Games near Archdale, NC. Paul was born in 1914 on a Guilford County farm. When he was 18, Paul’s father passed away and he had to quit school and start work to help support his 4 sisters and 3 brothers. Paul was 21 when he joined the Police Department. In 1939 he became one of the first motorcycle patrolmen. Inspector Calhoun was a well loved individual in his community when he was appointed their 14th Police Chief in 1956.

His administration lasted 18 years, currently the Department’s longest administration. This city more than doubled in size and population during Chief Calhoun’s tenure and he supervised its growing pains. An Underwater Recovery Team was formed in 1960. During Civil Rights unrests, Chief Calhoun formed a Community Relations Office with a Director that reported directly to him. Paul instituted the Continuing Education Program enabling personnel to earn degrees while serving as officers. In 1972 “meter maid” Anne Garcia became Greensboro’s first female uniformed patrol officer with the Chiefs approval. Paul retired in 1974, but the next three Chiefs were “Calhoun” trained expanding his legacy. Paul, his wife Virginia, and several other concerned citizens brought the first Hospice to Greensboro. Clan Colquhoun salutes Paul Calhoun who spent a lifetime devoting his life to helping other people. (Thanks to the Greensboro PD History web site, and Doug Barclay, Paul’s nephew and winner of the GMGH’s 2005 Best Clan Tent for Clan Barclay).

Flower Of The Forest. We regretfully announce the passing of Mrs. Ethel Forrest on 22 Oct 2005. She was in close contact with us about this branch of our family and a great contributor for this newsletter (sent to us by Ida Calhoun Scott via Ethel’s daughters): “Ethel Treadwell Calhoun was born 28 Dec 1937 at West Point, NY, the second daughter of Capt. Tyler Calhoun, Jr. On 16 Dec 1960 she became the wife of James C. Forrest, USAF. After graduating from FL State University, Ethel worked as a newspaper reporter. In 1979, while living in England, she completed requirements for an M.A. form George Peabody College; to her delight the degree was conferred in a ceremony at Oxford University. Following the lead of her father, Ethel took great interest in history and in continuing his genealogical research, never finding but always seeking information on her three-times great grandfather Robert Calhoun. With Jim’s loyal support the search included trips to Scotland and Ulster.

Ethel was a model of tenderness, caring, humor, grace, and strength. She was admired for her spirit of adventure, her inquisitive mind and, most of all, for her ‘unfading beauty of a quiet and gentle spirit.’ “

A letter from Robert F. Colquhoun.  “…it is my recollection that Richard Calhoun of Pennsylvania founded the Clan Colquhoun Society in the 1950’s and as a member thereof, I had a Clan Colquhoun tent at the original State of Maine Highland games held in the grounds of Lincoln Academy, Damariscotta, ME in the 1960’s and 1970’s and thereafter at the Thomas Park. When Richard Calhoun passed away the leadership was in Judge Marcus Calhoun whom my wife and I were pleased to meet at the Grandfather Mountain Games on several occasions. I was the Northeastern convener for several years and represented the Clan Colquhoun at Highland games in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Maine. I was born in Glasgow Scotland in 1925 and raised in the Royal Burgh of Rutherglen. I frequently as a child went to Luss at Loch Lomond and would paddle in the Loch with my fox terrier, Benny. The swans would resent our presence and with wings flapping, and with necks, tongues, and beaks outstretched and screeching and wide open, they would assert their dominion over the loch. I have been back to Scotland several times over the years and always manage to go Luss and stop at the Colquhoun Arms for a libation and food. I also own the Down Easter Inn at Damariscotta, Maine and have for forty years plus, where we were able to maintain a Scottish environment for 25 years by having my father and mother operate it seasonally from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Thereafter we brought my wife’s May’s cousin and her husband over from Glasgow and they ran it for another 15 years until Hugh Lang had a heart attack while mowing the lawn. Beatrice, my wife’s cousin and Hugh’s wife stayed for two more years and then returned to Scotland where she died 3 years later. Both their ashes are buried in Maine at the Inn as per their wishes….Maine has been called the Scotland of the US…”

           Very truly yours,
Robert F. Colquhoun
(Of Colquhoun & Colquhoun
Counselors At Law,
Morristown, NJ
Inn phone # 207-563-5332)

Honored Clan At Blairsville, GA Games!

Clan Colquhoun is delighted to be Honored Clan at the Blairsville, GA Scottish Games June 9, 10, 11, 2006; Honored Guest to be announced later. Internet users can see our modern tartan displayed on the background of their home page: http://www.blairsvillescottishfestival.org/


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