Honoring the Receipt of Letters Patent
Granting a Coat of Arms to the
CATAWBA VALLEY SCOTTISH SOCIETY
Rural Hill Farm Center of Scottish Heritage 4431 Neck Road,
Huntersville, NC 28078
June 8, 2006, 10:30 AM
morning, June 8, 2006 the Catawba Valley Scottish Society, Inc. of
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina was presented with a Letters Patent
Document granting a Coat of Arms to The Catawba Valley Scottish
Society, Inc. from Robin Orr Blair, Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian
Order, Writer to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIs Signet, Lord Lyon
King of Arms.
unveiling was made at Historic Rural Hill Farm, the home of
Revolutionary War patriot, Major John Davidson. Romilly Squire of
Rubislaw, O.St.J., D.A., FSA Scot., F.R.S.A., S.H.A., Baron Bailie of
Plean and Rathdown, Acting Secretary of the Standing Council of
Scottish Chiefs, and Chairman of the Heraldry Society of Scotland,
traveled from Scotland to make this special presentation to the local
Letters of Patent Document for The Catawba Valley Scottish Society,
Inc. were Richard Hembree Taylor, President Emeritus, Keets Farquhar
Taylor, Executive Director of Rural Hill Farm-Center of Scottish
Heritage, Bob Deaton, Chairman and Founding Director of the Catawba
Valley Scottish Society.
noted that this is the First and Only Coat of Arms granted to a
Non-Profit Corporation involved in presenting a Scottish Highland
Games anywhere in the World.
are held throughout the world to include Scotland, the United States,
Canada, Australia, Great Britain, and even in Indonesia.
Patent note that the Catawba Valley Scottish Society, Inc. is a duly
registered non-profit corporation in the State of North Carolina, and
that the objects of said Society are to promote projects and
activities providing education on the culture and heritage of the
Scots and Scots-Irish peoples and their contribution to the cultural
development of the United States of America and, in particular, to
provide venues for such activities.
The Letters of
Patent Document concludes with:
THEREFORE that We have Devised, and Do by These Presents Assign,
Ratify and Confirm unto the Petitioners the following Ensigns Armorial
upon the 105th page
of the 81st Volume
of Our Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland, and by
demonstration of which Ensigns Armorial the Incorporation is, amongst
all Nobles and in all Places of Honour, to be taken, numbered, and
accounted as an Incorporation Noble in the Noblesse of Scotland.
in attendance were Jenny Michael, representing United States Senator,
Elizabeth Dole, Mayor Kim Phillips of Huntersville, Chairman of the
Mecklenburg County Commissioners, Parks Helms, and Brad Pearce,
Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Commission, along with 50-60
guests and visitors.
Support groups that were represented were the Loch Norman Pipe Band,
the Scottish American Military Society, the Second South Carolina
Continental Line, American Revolutionary War reenactment unit, the 78th
Highlander Regiment reenactment unit, the American Legion Post 86, and
the hospitality staff of the volunteers of the Catawba Valley Scottish
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