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Clan Colquhoun of North America Newsletter
December 2007


Flowers Of The Forest

Passing of Lady Colquhoun. James Pearson, author of The Chronicles Of Clan Colquhoun, informed us “…that, sadly, Lady Colquhoun died on Tuesday 17th April.

From the Glasgow Herald:

COLQUHOUN Kathleen. Lady Kathleen Colquhoun Peacefully, on 17th April, 2007, Lady Kathleen Nimmo Colquhoun of Luss, (nee Duncan) beloved wife of Ivar and devoted mother to Iona and Malcolm. Funeral service at Luss Parish Church, at 2pm, on Wednesday, 25th April. Committal thereafter at Cardross Crematorium.”

From Peerage News:  Lady Colquhoun of Luss, who died 17 April, 2007, was the wife of Sir Ivar Iain Colquhoun of Luss, 8th Baronet (b 4 Jan 1916), and the maternal grandmother of the 13th Duke of Argyll. She was the former Kathleen Nimmo Duncan, 2nd daughter of Walter Atholl Duncan, of Cadogan Sq, London, & sister of Marjorie Ray Duncan, who married in 1938, the 6th Earl of Verulam. She married Sir Ivar in 1943 and was mother of (i) Iona Mary (b 1945) who married 1964, the 12th Duke of Argyll (1937-2001); & (ii) Malcolm Rory Colquhoun (b 20 Dec 1947).


It’s been reported to us that Steven Lance Calhoun B.A., M.A.  of Fresno, CA died last year. Over the years Steve contributed much to this Society including an extensively researched article in favor of a Colquhoun authoring one of the most famous of Scottish songs, On The Bonnie, Bonnie Banks Of Loch Lomond which is now supplied to each new member (contact us if you’ve never seen this article and we can send it to you). Steve also compiled a list of over 118 ways “Colquhoun” was changed throughout the world and a complete Sept/Cadet list that includes such “forgotten” names as Garscadden and Camstradden. In 1992 Steve finished an unpublished history of Colquhoun Chiefs that takes up where William Fraser’s history ends, published in 1869. It is unclear at this time what will happen with the unpublished manuscript.

Being interviewed by Ron Kelly on Channel 24 at the 1988 Fresno, CA games.

Steve told me that he used to give a squad of 78th Fraser Highlanders a dram of scotch each to fire off a blank round from their muskets at the MacGregor tent each year at the Fresno games, all in good fun of course. Steve was descended from William Cahoone (1633-1675), the Block Island soldier/indentured servant/brickmaker whose descendants include many “Cahoons” in NC. Steve was able to find where his family name changed from Cahoon to Calhoun as his ancestors moved west. He published a long article in Orval Calhoun’s Our Calhoun Family outlining William’s life.

Longtime member Patrick J. Calhoun, Jr. of Little Rock, AR lost two family members. His 27 year old nephew, artist and musician Mark Steven Calhoun, died 19 January 2006. Some of Steve’s work, also his CD, can be seen at

“On 9/11, he was the manager of a stage that was located on the plaza between the Twin Towers…He was an eyewitness to both ‘hits’ and participant in the pandemonium, death and destruction that followed. He somehow survived the flaming debris that showered the plaza. Traces of the tragedy have subtly emerged in some of Steven’s mixed-media pieces and songs.” Steve was the only male heir of Patrick’s family.

Patrick also lost his father on 8 February 2007. Patrick Calhoun, Sr. had led a platoon ashore at Utah Beach in the WWII Normandy invasion in 1944. He endured 51 days of combat and was wounded at the battle of St-Lo France in July. After the war, Patrick Sr. was a business entrepreneur and active in GOP politics in AR.


Ingraham Piper Big Winner at Grandfather!

J.D. Ingraham from Lenoir City, TN won Grade III Piper of the Day at the GMHG 2007. JD won 1st in March, 3rd in Piobaireachd (pronounced "peeb-roch" almost rhyming with "rock" but with a hard H) sometimes called the classical music of the pipes, and 4th in Strathspey (dance tune in 4/4).

This gave him the higher average than the other pipers so he won Piper of the Day in addition to the other 3 awards.



By A. Calhoun “Callie” Witham, Jr.

Abner Wellborn Calhoun was born in Newnan Georgia on April 16, 1845.  He was the son of a prominent local physician Andrew B. Calhoun MD.  During his formative years he was helped by his father in his practice and was educated in the town of Newnan.  His childhood was typical of a young person of that era until the war of Southern Secession broke out in the spring of 1861.  Young Abner volunteered for duty in the Confederate army in that same year just before his sixteenth birthday.  He served in the Army of Northern Virginia and fought in every major campaign for the entire four years of the war.  He was wounded on four separate occasions and finally through the knee fighting in the trenches outside of Petersburg Virginia. He obviously had seen a great deal of field hospitals and physicians by the end of the war. Once Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House in 1865 he walked home with what remained of his company to Atlanta where began his studies under his father.  Once his preliminary studies were completed, Abner left Georgia to study medicine in earnest at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated with his M.D. in March of 1869 and returned to Georgia to start his own practice.  During his early days of practicing medicine he took a great interest in the plight of the blind and as well patients with various ailments of the eye. In early 1871 he traveled to Europe to study the diseases of the eye which was a relatively specialized and new field of medicine. He learned fluent German and studied with the brightest medical minds of the age in Vienna, Berlin, Paris and London.  He returned to Atlanta four years later and began to practice and teach his specialty.  He was the first to perform cataract surgeries in the South which must have seemed miraculous to the hundreds of patients whom he returned sight.

Dr. Abner W. Calhoun was the region’s first specialist of the eye and ear, first taught at the Atlanta Medical College, which was originally established by his father, Andrew B. Calhoun, in 1854. He founded the college’s medical library with his own volumes (most written in German). This college later became the Emory University School of Medicine in 1915.

As the only scientifically trained ophthalmologist south of Maryland, Dr. Abner Calhoun was the specialist of choice for many a Southerner who had a serious eye problem before the turn of the century. He served as faculty president from 1900 until 1910. He and industrialist Andrew Carnegie provided funds to construct a medical college building that later became part of Grady Memorial Hospital, still a training ground for Emory residents.  Unfortunately the only physical memorial to this pioneering southern physician was the medical library that was originally named in honor of Dr. AW Calhoun’s contributions to medicine and ophthalmology. The library was renamed in the late 1970’s during one of Emory University’s quests for wealthier benefactors.  Although the library no longer bears his name there is a small room named after Dr. Abner W. Calhoun where you can see an exhibit of his original text books and instruments which started a great medical tradition that carries on to this day.


New Society Mascot!

Meet Fergus, the new unofficial mascot for the North America Society. We lost Seumas two years ago, went Scotty-less for a year, then unexpectedly found another Wheaton Scotty. Fergus will be one year old on 6 December 2007. Fergus’s coming out event was the Hartwell games, the last one in GA you can take your dog along. 

More pictures of Fergus can be seen at:

Beth's Newfangled Family Tree
347 Rocky Knoll Rd.
Walhalla, SC 29691

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