Clan Forrester recently
received news that William D. "Bill" Forrester passed away on May 3,
2003 after a long bout with cancer. Funeral services were held on
May 6, 2003 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clan Forrester and The Family Tree
sends their condolences to Bill's family and friends.
MacDougal kilt made for Highland Games
Max MacDougal (he likes to call himself "Mad Max McDougald") has,
for a number of years, worked with youth in Highland Games to get
them interested in some of the athletic events. In doing so he has
helped advertise and otherwise elevate the honor of the clan.
A couple of years ago he began to wonder how the Clan MacDougall
Society could help to get kids more interested and involved in good
clean activities like the games. In the past, the MacDougall Society
has helped fund scholarships for things like dancing, music, and
language lessons. This time Max worked with the officers of the
Society for something else.
As we all know, one of the barriers keeping some people from getting
involved in Highland Games is the lack of a kilt. Max proposed that
the Clan MacDougall Society provide a kilt made out of the cotton
MacDougall Modern tartan. They agreed and the deed was done! Don
McCullough (who used to operate a small home business making kilts)
made a child's kilt that was ultra adjustable. It will fit anyone
with a waist between 22 and 27 inches.
To finish the kilt off, Don embroidered "Provided by Clan
MacDougall" and the "Motto: To Conquer or Die" on the inside. Don
had to cease commercial kiltmaking due to ill health and this was
his last project. Now Max can use it as an enabling factor to get
new kids involved in one of our favorite activities.
Thanks to The Tartan and the Clan MacDougall Society, Inc.
Canadian records now available
The Canadian government has agreed after a 5 year court battle, to
release the "1906 Census of Canada." This is a major breakthrough
for genealogists as these records and all records subsequent to
these had been sealed and were to be sealed forever.
Subsequent to the announcement of Ministers Rock and Copps regarding
the immediate release of the 1906 Census of the Western Provinces,
Ian Wilson - National Archivist, has announced that those records
are now accessible on-line.
They can be viewed at:
Thanks to the Clan MacDuff Newsletter.
Nona Urquhart Thomas, (1916-2003) joined the Clan Urquhart
Association on August 9, 1976 and was member No. 39. Over the
ensuing 27 years she has been one of the Associations staunchest
supporters as well as dear friend. She kept up a lively
correspondence with the Chief. Seldom was a Newsletter issue mailed
that Nona didn't send a kind return note. They often included
Urquhart information she had found. Over the years the information
produced several articles.
Nona was a true clanswoman, one who understood the concept of a
worldwide Urquhart Family.
She and her husband Dan had one child, son Ralph Danford Thomas,
III, a talented photographer and musician.
Barbara "Barb" Urquhart Jersild (1941-2003) joined the Clan
Urquhart Association in 1998. With her husband, her sisters, and
their spouses, she attended the 1998 Annual Meeting of the Clan
Urquhart Association held in New Orleans.
Barbara passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 29, 2003, in
Rockford Memorial Hospital to be with her Lord and loved ones. She
was born October 21, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois the daughter of
William and Pansy Lewis Urquhart. She graduated from Roosevelt High
School in Chicago in 1959 and attended Northern Illinois University
in DeKalb. Barbara married John Jersild January 27, 1962, in Albany
Park Presbyterian Church in Chicago. A homemaker, she was a member
of Third Presbyterian Church in Rockford.