National Scots, Scots-Irish
Heritage Month in the USA
To Establish April as
NATIONAL SCOTS/SCOTS-IRISH HERITAGE MONTH
There are over twenty-seven million Americans who can claim
Scottish, Scots-Irish ancestry in the United States today.
Recognition of the historic contributions of the Scottish and
Scots-Irish has been largely overlooked in textbooks and virtually
unrecognized by the general public.
Of the original thirteen governors of the American Colonies, nine
Of the fifty-six signers of the United States Declaration of
Independence almost half were of Scottish/Scots-Irish descent.
Virtually all of our early industry was founded by
Our most philanthropic citizens were Scottish/Scots-Irish.
Therefore, in an effort to recognize the enormous contribution to
the establishment of this great nation and the prosperity created
and perpetuated by the ethnic group of the Scottish and Scot-Irish,
we petition the United States Congress and the President of the
United States of America to establish April as National Scottish
/Scots-Irish Heritage/History Month.
A full month of national recognition would enable and encourage
those of Scottish/Scots-Irish ancestry and heritage and educators
the publicly recognized opportunity to educate all Americans of the
vast, rich culture that has been so instrumental in leading America
This endeavor is essential to the United States of America, for
present and future generations; for knowing from where we come will
direct where we go.
Now that Tartan Day
has finally been signed and now complete, we should join together
towards the establishment of the entire month of April as National
Scots, Scots-Irish Heritage Month. A full month of recognition
would enable those aware of our ancestry and heritage a fair
opportunity to teach our children and others a vast, rich culture,
that has lead many civilizations to success. Through the many
innovations, inventions and social structuring. Another benefit of a
months recognition would also bring attention to other days
important to the Scottish, such as Tartan Day, Robert Burns, and St.
Andrew as well as many others. It would be the perfect opportunity
to inform the general public.
Many other groups
have months to teach and recognize their achievements. For instance;
Caribbean-American Heritage Month;
March - Irish-American Heritage Month;
May - Jewish-American Heritage Month;
May is also Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month;
February - African-American History Month.
There are others
which can be seen at The White House website - whitehouse.gov, then,
proclamations. But, it seems the Scottish and Scots-Irish are
about the only group left out. In today's world we must be
aggressive, teach or be forgotten. We must be heard. We have been
working toward the establishment of the month of April as National
Scots, Scots-Irish Heritage Month for over six years and through
that time many states have joined in the observances, although some
states have acknowledged other months (on a state level), we seek a
uniform national month as April and this would clarify some
confusion. Many Scottish Societies, Clan societies and as mentioned
states and municipalities support this.
We all know, strength
in numbers gets things done. We ask that if your organization has
not joined, to do so, with a simple Letter of Support, stating the
support for the month of April as such and theres no other
obligations involved. We ask your help in the propagation as well.
Were also glad to assist states, mayor/municipalities in acquiring
Proclamations and Resolutions. Any questions feel free to contact us
and for more information, you can also google - national Scots,
Scots-Irish heritage month and we look forward to hearing from you.
National Scots, Scots-Irish Heritage Month
2402 S. Scales st. Reidsville N.C.
If your society or
organization would like to be listed as a supporter, you can e-mail a
"Letter of Support" to James Murray, e-mail:
People can contact the
firstname.lastname@example.org , asking the President issue a
"Presidential Proclamation", declaring the month of April as "National
Scots, Scots-Irish Heritage Month". At the same website they can view
other "Presidential Proclamations" and can see that the Scots are
about the only group not recognized nationally. If someone knows of
states that have time designated to the Scots, we ask them to contact
as well and if possible to provide us with a copy.
Proclamation" recognizing the Month of April as Scots, Scots-Irish
Heritage Month. It states: Now, Therefore, We, Ruth Ann Minner,
Governor, and John C. Carney, Lieutenant Governor do hereby declare
April 2008 "Scots, Scots-Irish Heritage Month" in the State of
Delaware and urge all residents to celebrate the accomplishments of
Scots, Scots-Irish Americans in the First State.
We are still contacting
folks in every state and awaiting answers and will keep updating this
page with any new information we receive. The states are all over the
place as far as designated months of observances, thus demonstrating
the need for a NATIONAL month of recognition. A NATIONAL month will
give uniformity and halt any confusion, plus it will give us a
definite time to celebrate and teach our heritage. This state has
this, this state has that, it could be confusing and cause us to be
less effective in our efforts.
The Governor of
Commonwealth of Kentucky - Steven L. Beshear, and Secretary of State
- Trey Grayson, recently (February 29th, 2008) proclaimed the month
of April 2008, as "Scots-Irish Heritage Month".
Governor Joe Manchin III of West
Virginia and Secretary of State, Betty Ireland proclaimed the entire
month of April as "National Scots, Scots-Irish Heritage Month" on
February 28th, 2008, and in the One Hundred Forty-fifth year of the
Governor Edward G. Rendell, Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, has proclaimed the month of April as "Scots,
Scots-Irish Heritage Month"
Mark Sandford of the State of South Carolina proclaimed the month of
April as Scots, Scots-Irish Month.
Tartan Day in
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES November 10,
1997 Mr. Lott submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on
RESOLUTION Designating April 6 of each year as ``National
Tartan Day'' to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions made by Scottish
Americans to the United States.
Whereas April 6 has a special significance for all Americans,
and especially those Americans of Scottish descent, because the
Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of
Independence, was signed on April 6, 1320 and the American Declaration of Independence was
modeled on that inspirational document;
Whereas this resolution honors the major role that Scottish
Americans played in the founding of this Nation, such as the fact that almost half of the
signers of the Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent, the Governors in 9 of
the original 13 States were of Scottish ancestry, Scottish Americans successfully helped
shape this country in its formative years and guided this Nation through its most troubled
Whereas this resolution recognizes the monumental
achievements and invaluable contributions made by Scottish Americans that have led to
America's preeminence in the fields of science, technology, medicine, government,
politics, economics, architecture, literature, media, and visual and performing arts;
Whereas this resolution commends the more than 200
organizations throughout the United States that honor Scottish heritage, tradition, and
culture, representing the hundreds of thousands of Americans of Scottish descent, residing
in every State, who already have made the observance of Tartan Day on April 6 a success;
Whereas these numerous individuals, clans, societies, clubs,
and fraternal organizations do not let the great contributions of the Scottish people go
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate designates
April 6 of each year as "National Tartan Day''.
Virginia Governor Tim Kaine proclaimed
April 2008 as Scottish History and Heritage Month.
Governor Bob Riley of Alabama proclaimed
April 2008 as Scottish Heritage Month.
The House passed Tartans Day as well (H.
Res. 41 - Congressman Mike McIntyre) just still not passed by Pres.
Bush - Executive Branch.
Note: President George Bush
proclaimed on April 4th, 2008 that April 6 would be Tartan Day in
can listen to a Tartan Day Tribute in Real Audio here!
Included is a tribute from James Haliday
one time chairman of the Scottish Nationalist Party, Scottish
historian and current chairman of the Scots Independent Newspaper.
This was a production of both the Scots Independent Newspaper and
Electric Scotland and was recorded in Scotland in 2001.
Committee for April as: NATIONAL
SCOTS, SCOTS-IRISH HERITAGE MONTH, USA
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