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Turnbull Clan Association

Beyond Borders, Bulls, and Bedrule:
A Brief Introduction to the Turnbull Clan Association (TCA)
October 2003

Since its founding in Hawick, Scotland in 1977, the Turnbull Clan Association has sought to preserve and promote Scottish heritage in general and especially the history and traditions of the Turnbull clan and its septs.  Much of the driving force behind the clan has come from the vision and enthusiasm of its founder, John F. Turnbull, who was well known in his Scotland neighborhood as a shopkeeper and lover of anything Turnbull.

George Turnbull took charge of the Scottish TCA after John Fís death in 1982 and continues to pursue the original vision of what is now a rapidly growing link between members across continents.

One year after the associationís inception, Dorothy Turnbull Berk in the United States joined the mission to preserve and promote Turnbull history and genealogy by founding an American TCA branch in 1978.  Branches were also formed in Canada and Australia. 

During the twentieth anniversary of the associationís founding, John Turnbull from Charlotte, North Carolina became president of the American TCA in 1997.  He and Treasurer James Trumble of Hermitage, Tennessee, took the initiative to solidify the associationís official status in the United States; in 1998, TCA was incorporated and established 501.c.3 non-profit organization status.

John G. Turnbull from New York was elected as President in 2000.  Douglas Turnbull from Marietta, Georgia, became vice president, and James Trumble remained in his position as treasurer.  Under their leadership, the membership grew steadily, and regularly scheduled newsletters kept the members in touch with the association and each other.

TCA has just celebrated the election of its 2003-2006 officers and is currently under the leadership of its new president, Wally Turnbull from Durham, North Carolina, Vice President Brian Turnbull of Lachute, Quebec, Canada, Treasurer John G. Turnbull, of New York City, New York and Secretary Janet Schwierking from Poteet, Texas.

The TCA Website was first started by Corey Turnbull of Canada and later maintained by Sandy Turnbull of Australia. The current TCA Web site, started in 2001 by Andy Turnbull from Durham, North Carolina and currently under the management of Webmaster Brian Turnbull of Quebec, Canada, serves as an important link for Turnbulls all over the globe.  An extensive collection of several decades of newsletters and articles concerning things Turnbull invites a nostalgic reflection while preserving history and promoting the Turnbull name and its septs.  Most recently, the Web site has taken on the ambitious project of creating an extensive Turnbull genealogy database using public records and family trees provided by many members.

Throughout the last few years, TCA has steadily moved forward with the effort to establish itself and form a worldwide network of people interested in the clan history and Scottish heritage.  Some of the biggest steps were taken when Bullseye, the TCA newsletter started by Dorothy Turnbull Berk, was put on regular distribution of every other month, to be alternated with Clan Prints in the Sands, an historical newsletter.

The future of TCA, however, lies in its members, friends and the ideas and initiatives that drive it forward.  This newsletter is one of the next important steps in establishing a far-reaching network of friends and contacts.  We would love to have you join us in our efforts and welcome any suggestions you may have.

We hope youíll visit us online at, and especially look forward to meeting you in person when you stop by the TCA tent at one of the many Highland Games in North America.

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