Clan Colquhoun of North America
An Apology: For the last eight months I
have been consumed with family difficulties and have not been able
to get out a newsletter nor dues notice in a timely manner. Since
last August my wife has had multiple orthopedic surgeries (only one
was planned) and we had an unplanned home renovation where we could
only live in about half of the house for several months. Now the
house is repaired and the wife is moving under her own power and we
hope we’re back to near normal! Thanks for you patience.
The Kandahar Reel (a Scottish Country
Kandahar, the second
largest city in Afghanistan, is where two Black Watch officers were
serving in 2009. The officers who wrote this reel are cousins:
Captain Andy Colquhoun and Lt. Rob Colquhoun. Andy writes that they
wanted to write a reel that reflected their tour of duty. The dance
imitates double rotor Chinook helicopters and single rotor Black
Hawks. The Chinooks took the troops in and the Black Hawks often
took casualties out. The dance was first performed at the Black
Watch Officers Mess December 2009 to commemorate the Battalions
homecoming; and secondly performed for the Duke of Rothesay (Prince
Charles’ title when in Scotland) when he visited to pass out
campaign medals in January 2010.
Proceeds from the
sale of the booklet that contains the music and dance instruction
are divided between The Soldiers’ Charity (formerly The Army
Benevolent Fund) and the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS).
The Soldiers’ Charity “gives lifelong support to serving and retired
soldiers and their families in times of need”.
I asked a gentleman
at the Country Dance society of the Stone Mountain Games if they
could perform the Kandahar Reel and they told me it’s an extremely
vigorous dance that the soldiers danced in their fatigues that most
of them would have a hard time keeping up with. The copy of the
dance and music I ordered from the
www.RSCDS.org was about $15 and is a nice addition to my
collection of Colquhoun artifacts.
Chris and Jane Cahoon
Lyttle of Sugarland, TX have two children who are very involved in
the Highland Games circuit. Their daughter Islay competes in
Highland dancing and James competes in piping. Islay won first place
awards for all categories in the Beginner 10 and Over category at
the 2010 Stone Mountain Games and has gone a long way since then.
Their mom, originally from Atlanta, wrote us last May: “She [Islay]
just won the Southwest Regional Championships for age 11 & under
this past Saturday. She'll be going to Spokane, WA in July to the US
Championships. We are hoping to go to SMHG again this year and see
Islay’s brother James
placed 2nd in March and 3rd in Piobaireachd for his category at the
2011 Stone Mountain Games. Both children compete all over the US and
we’re delighted to see them when we can.
Colquhoun is “Ka-hoon” (for a member who asked). Hopefully we’ll be
able to man a tent in your area so you can become more familiar with
If you’re in the
Virginia area and are at a Festival or Highland Games look for
Alastair Colquhoun who is the US/Canada Director for the Clan
Colquhoun Society of the United Kingdom. At the end of last
September Alastair was at the Virginia Celtic Gathering and Highland
Games near Williamsburg. At the end of October he was at the Meadow
Highland Games near Richmond. Alastair brought to my attention a new
website put up by our Chief, Sir Malcolm Colquhoun:
Sir Malcolm proposes
through this website a Clan Colquhoun International. I strongly urge
all of you to visit this site and register in the lower right hand
box for the Official Clan Newsletter. You’ll be asked your origin of
country so be sure to put US so he’ll know he has a strong backing
for an International clan here. Thank you.
Speaking of web pages
be sure to look for us and the UK Society on Facebook.
Highland Games: We
were able to appear at some festivals that we haven’t been to in a
while. Last September myself, Sharon (recovering from a knee
replacement-her artificial hip came out the first time on the trip
back), and Jim and Becky Kilpatrick manned a tent at the Ligonier,
PA games outside of Pittsburg. We’d heard these were special games
and I can’t wait until I can plan a trip back! Our intention was to
branch out of the Southeast and make contact with our fellow
clansmen and women at other festivals. Jim Kilpatrick took charge of
stamping the children’s passport booklets at Ligonier:
Jim and Becky went on
up to the Loon Mountain, NH games where they met Rosalie Oliver who
has set up tents for us in New England and Florida.
Just last weekend I
attended the Northeast Florida (Jacksonville) games for the first
time in several years. They have also changed their location to the
Clay County Fairgrounds the clans are convened in a covered
pavilion. I was happy to renew contact with two former members: Wick
Kilpatrick and Elaine Kirkpatrick Walker.
The previous spring
the Gatlinburg, TN Games changed their name and location to the
Smoky Mountain Games at Maryville College (near Knoxville, TN). This
festival is one of the very few I can bring my wheaton colored
Scottie Fergus, seen here greeting a prospective new member.
Here‘s a picture from
sometime in the 1990’s at Grandfather Mountain (NC) taken by Steve
(or Mary) Hudson.
I’m with Lady Iona
Mary Colquhoun and her husband Ian Campbell, Duke of Argyll and
Chief of Clan Campbell. Lady Iona is the sister of our Chief Sir
Malcolm. As I remember it was an impromptu visit for them; they
didn’t have to get dressed up and make speeches on the podium. We
had a nice informal meeting and I was able to give Lady Iona a copy
of an obituary of her Grandfather Sir Iain that she had never seen
before. The Duke of Argyll died soon after that in April of 2001.
Melanie Pinkerton of
Clan Campbell has kept me up to speed with the modern connection of
Clans Colquhoun and Campbell. She gave me a copy of their NA Society
(2008) newsletter which has a photo of the current Duke of Argyll’s
children on the cover, who are Lady Iona Colquhoun’s grandchildren.
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