Scottish CDs are offered for
your listening pleasure ...and to help The Family Tree
When our friend and knowledgeable person of antique Scottish
instruments, D. J. Adams McGilp, was in Moultrie for Scottish
Weekend, he came with an abundance of CDs to offer to the public.
However, upon leaving, several CDs stayed behind.
D. J. has generously offered to make these CDs available to you, The
Family Tree readers, for $20 each, with a portion of that amount
being donated to The Family Tree by D. J. Bless his wee Scottish
The Kilmartin Sessions, the Sounds of Ancient Scotland, represents
original instruments and reconstructions. For the first time, you
will have a chance to hear the sounds that would have been familiar
to our forebearers thousands of years ago. It includes the first
commercially available recordings of the two-thousand-year-old
Caprington horn, the 8th century iron bell of St. Adomnan, the 9th
century Pictish triple pipes, and many other remarkable items,
including a traditional Gaelic quern song and its use as melody for
St. Columba's visionary poem, the Altus Prosator. The music ranges
from ringing rocks to bird-bone flutes; Bronze Age horns and drums
to the extraordinary sound of the Celtic war trumpet, the carnyx,
specially recorded for The Kilmartin Sessions in Smoo Cave. This CD
has its own reverberations reaching into our remotest past and our
Scotland's Richest Prehistoric Landscape by Rachel Butter is another
extraordinary CD. Recreating the text of Argyll's award-winning
museum, Kilmartin House, this audio guide introduces a rich and
diverse archaeological landscape. The story is read by our friend,
D. J. Adams McGilp. With its standing stones, enigmatic prehistoric
rock carvings, imposing burial tombs, hill top forts, crannogs and
the earliest Christian monuments, the Kilmartin area contains
evidence of the most important and fascinating developments in early
Scottish history. The story ends with the establishment of Dunadd,
the seat of Scotland's earliest kings.
The Family Tree has at this time less than 40 of The Kilmartin
Sessions and only six of the Rachel Butter CD. If you are
interested, please contact Beth by emailing her at
<firstname.lastname@example.org> or writing to her in care of The Family Tree,
PO Box 2828, Moultrie, Georgia 31776. Be sure you tell her the name
of the CD you are ordering. And be sure to let her know your mailing
Evelyn Murray & John Cope Abbot are awarded first ever TECA
Tartan Assistant certificates
Congratulations to Evelyn Murray and John Cope Abbott! They are the
first in the world to earn the title "Tartan Assistant."
Evelyn and John took the examination in the Boston area and were
recognized at the annual general meeting in Atlanta last October.
With the title go two copies of a certificate, one for home and one
for display at the "Tartan Information Ten." Evelyn and John also
may insert the letters TA after their surnames and before the FSA
Scot to which they are also both entitled.
There is a $15 fee for the examination. Applicants must be members
of the Internal Association of Tartan Studies and Tartan Educational
and Cultural Association, Inc., but the membership fee can be paid
at the time of the examination.
Persons interested in taking the examination for Tartan Assistant
(TA), Tartan Associate (TAS), or Tartan Specialist (TS) can get
details from Dr. Philip Smith, Director of Tartan Studies.
Thanks to The Tartan Banner, IATS/TECA, Dr. Philip Smith, Editor,
442 Freedom Blvd., Coatesville, PA 19320.
A hankering for haggis: Lewisville, Texas man builds a business
on traditional Scottish food
Used here with permission from Lewisville Leader (Texas), Nicole
A Lewisville resident and true American Southerner, Jim Walters, is
one of the last people most would guess to be behind the
manufacturing of a food known as the national food of Scotland -
Despite the food's bad reputation - which comes from the traditional
method to making haggis by stuffing a sheep's stomach with oatmeal,
onions, fat and chopped-up parts of the sheep that most of us would
rather see thrown away - Walters got hooked on the stuff. He was
traveling with his wife in Scotland in 1989 to trace their Scottish
and Irish heritage and ended up enjoying the sausage-like dish at
many of the bed-and-breakfasts they stayed at.
"Only dying was a worse reputation than haggis," Walters said. "It
wasn't at all what we expected. We really liked it and thought other
people would too."
After their return home, the couple went to the Texas Scottish
Festival and Highland Games in Arlington, expecting to be able to
enjoy some native foods such as haggis. Instead, they found more
traditional American foods.
"I was complaining and said 'I didn't go there to eat nachos and hot
dogs'," Walters said.
Strict regulations based on mad-cow disease fears made it hard to
import haggis from its native country. So, the wheels started
turning and Walters went to work to create haggis that Americans
would enjoy. He started cooking up batches in his kitchen, using
U.S. Department of Agriculture-rated sirloin beef instead of the
traditional mutton, plus liver, onions, spices and oats. He created
the company Caledonian Kitchen.
Walters said he's a good cook, a skill he picked up while in the
Army. Luckily, he had an authentic tasting panel to try his recipes
out on thanks to a native Scottish woman, with whom Walters worked,
and her friends.
"One morning, she said, 'I hope you wrote it down, because I think
you've got it'," Walters said.
This weekend, he'll be hawking his favorite food, by the plate or in
cans, at the North Texas Irish Festival. The annual event will be at
Fair Park in Dallas and it is the largest Celtic festival in the
He began cooking up batches of haggis at the annual Texas Scottish
Festival and Highland Games in Arlington and ignored people's
requests for him to can the product.
"It was more like a deranged hobby at that time and I wasn't
interested in doing more," Walters said. "Then about three years
ago, I started getting serious and realized that any cannery that
cans chili can can haggis."
After discovering there weren't any "mom-and-pop" chili canneries in
Texas, Walters came across "Taylor's Famous Mexican Chili," a
99-year-old family business in southern Illinois. His first year of
production was in 2001 - with 7,500 cans.
He's since outgrown that small operation and moved production a few
weeks ago to southern Ohio. Walters also discovered that in the
surrounding agricultural community are two people who raise Scottish
Highland cattle, a breed that's been dated back to historical
His web site, <caledoniankitchen.com>, received about 9,000 separate
visitors last month, Walters said. Orders for his haggis is sent as
far away as Korea and to all over Canada and the United States.
Caledonian Kitchen Haggis was the only American haggis invited to
compete against the legends of Scottish haggis-making in Scotland
Magazine's 2003 Haggis Tasting in St. Andrews, Scotland. They were
honored with fifth place, Walters said.
A 29-year employee of the national office of the Boy Scouts,
Walters, 56, retired two months ago and has more time to devote to
the business. Walters, a self-declared "history buff," was a Civil
War re-enactor before the business began to keep him busier.
Walters grew up in Alabama and lived in Louisiana before moving to
Lewisville in 1986. He is a lover of all things Scottish, from the
food to the music to the history, and is a member of several
associations dedicated to the spreading of the Scottish culture. In
September, he'll be part of a Scottish-themed cruise called Kilts in
But his most important job now that he's got the time and the
inventory is sharing haggis at more and more Scottish festivals.
"Way back when, it was made with leftover parts and was poor
people's food," Walters said. "Everyone's fixated on the sheep's
stomach, but all that was is a cooking vessel."
Other future plans for the "Laird" (lord) of the Caledonian Kitchen
include several varieties of haggis, including lamb, venison and
vegetarian. He even half-jokes about making "rustic haggis" with
sheep's tongue and all sorts of horrible stuff just to test people
and have fun with.
Besides on the company's web site, Caledonian Kitchen haggis (the
normal beefy kind, nothing rustic) can be found locally at the
British Emporium in Grapevine, Texas. .
1837 travel hints make today's travel look easy easy easy
Individuals who wish to travel through the interior of Michigan,
Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, etc., will find that the most
convenient, sure, economical and independent mode is on horseback.
Their expenses will be from seventy-five cents to one dollar fifty
cents per day, and they can always consult their own convenience and
pleasure as to time and place. Stage fare is usually 6 cents a mile
in the west. Meals, at state-houses, 37-1/2 cents.
Steamboat deck passengers - the deck for such passengers is usually
in the mid-ship, forward of the engine, and is protected from the
weather. Passengers furnish their own provisions and bedding. They
often take their meals at the cabin-table with the boat hands and
pay twenty-five cents a meal. Thousands pass up and down the rivers
as deck passengers, especially emigrating families, who have their
bedding, provisions, and cooking utensils on board.
The whole expense of a single person from New York to St. Louis, by
the way of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with cabin passage on the
river, will range between $40 and 45, with travel time being from
twelve to fifteen days. Taking the transportation lines on the
Pennsylvania canal, and a deck passage in the steamboat, the
expenses will range between $20 and $25, supposing the person buys
his meals at twenty-five cents and eats twice a day. If he carries
his own provisions, the passage, etc. will be from $15 to $18.
Emigrants and travelers will find it to their interest always to be
a little skeptical relative to statements of stage, steamboat, and
canal boat agent, to make some allowance in their own calculations
for delays, difficulties and expenses, and above all, to feel
perfectly patient and in good humor with themselves, the officers,
company, and the world, even if they do not move quite as rapidly
and far quite as well as they desire.
Thanks to Kishwaukee Genealogists Newsletter, PO Box 5503, Rockford,
Want to help with Bible records online?
Bible Records Online, a site maintained by Tracy St. Claire,
contains transcriptions - at last count - of 940 bibles with 2929
different surnames. Names are both searchable and browseable. St.
Claire asks for submissions of family bibles and points out that
bible records found in U.S. publications printed before 1923 are in
the public domain.
Tracy needs transcribers and also translators who read German,
Swedish, Finnish, Spanish or Welsh. More information can be obtained
Source: Ke Ku'auhau (The Genealogist), Honolulu County Genealogical
Society, PO Box 235039, Honolulu, Hawaii 96823-3500.
They heard the call for the Haggis...from the UN!
On January 13, 2004 at the United Nations in New York City, a Robert
Burns dinner was celebrated. The Secretary General of the United
Nations, Kofi Annan, ended his Inaugural Robert Burns Memorial
Lecture with these words: "Finally, while I know this is not a
traditional Burns supper, I do hope you will let his hungry
Secretary-General try some haggis at some point in the near future."
Because of that last sentence in Annan's speech, Jim and Jean
Cunningham, president and secretary of the Robert Burns Association
of North America (R.B.A.N.A.), who reside in Canada, sent forth an
urgent call to members in the U.S.A. to answer the request and
provide the Secretary-General with a wee taste o'the Haggis. To have
Kofi Annan talk so eloquently about Burns made us all proud and this
was the least we could do.
Barbra Bartz, a Florida Burnsian, alerted colleague Frank Campbell
and together they approached The St. Andrew Society of Sarasota with
a mandate to take up the challenge.
Jim Martin, president of The St. Andrew Society of Sarasota, and
Sheila, owner of "Scots Corner" in Sarasota, who could supply the
Haggis, were contacted. Together they agreed with the Burnsians
(Barbra and Frank). Why not send a Florida Haggis to Kofi at the
United Nations so that he may partake of the scrumptious delicacy?
President Jim Martin bestowed an honorary membership on the
Secretary-General as follows:
"I hereby decree that Kofi Annan be inducted as an Honorary Member
of The St. Andrew Society of Sarasota, Inc. for his contribution to
the culture and heritage of Scotland in the outstanding delivery of
the Inaugural Robert Burns Memorial Lecture to the United Nations on
January 13, 2004. President Jim Martin, The St. Andrew Society of
A call was made to Kofi Annan's office at the UN to see if the gift
of Haggis would be acceptable and clear security. It was packed in
dry ice and sent overnight by FedX with cooking directions.
Thanks to Frank Campbell and Barbra Bartz for this article.
Noteworthy websites for your review
The LOC.gov Wise Guide:
http://www.loc.gov/wiseguide The federal government and the
Library of Congress, in particular, maintain and develop hundreds of
web sites. The Library of Congress has partnered with the Ad Council
to create the Wise Guide, which is updated monthly and offers links
to "the best of the Library's online materials." The site offers the
most current edition and some archived issues.
http://medievalwriting.50megs.com/writing.htm Developed and
maintained by Dr. Dianne Tillotson, this site is a good location to
begin learning about handwriting and manuscript production in the
Middle Ages. Read the "What is Paleography?" essay first to learn
about the decoding process. Sections of the site describe the life
of a scribe during the Middle Ages, the tools utilized to produce
the manuscripts, and the various forms that manuscripts took during
this historical era.
Source: Newsletter, Collin County Genealogical Society, PO Box
865052, Plano, TX 75086-5052.
Lieutenant General Dan K. McNeill invited to be a Distinguished
Guest at 2004 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Lieutenant General Dan K. McNeill has been invited to be a
Distinguished Guest at the 2004 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
this coming July near Linville, North Carolina.
He is a native of the State of North Carolina. He was commissioned
as a second lieutenant of Infantry through the ROTC Program at North
Carolina State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of
Science Degree in 1968. His formal education is consistent with that
of a career infantry officer and includes graduation from the U.S.
Army War College in 1989.
General McNeill has commanded airborne infantry units at the
company, battalion, and brigade levels. His service as a staff
officer includes tours as an S3 or G3 at brigade, division, and
corps levels. As a general officer, General McNeill has enjoyed
assignments as an assistant division commander, corps chief of
staff, and deputy corps commander. Tours in the Republic of Vietnam,
Republic of Korea, Italy, Saudi Arabia/Iraq, Afghanistan, and
numerous stateside posts have afforded General McNeill unique
professional opportunities. Duty in Operations Just Cause, Desert
Shield/Desert Storm, Uphold Democracy, and Enduring Freedom has
given Lieutenant General McNeill experience in joint and combined
operations and warfighting. He has most recently served as the
Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, and
Commanding General, Combined/Joint Force (CJTF)-180.
General McNeill is grateful to have been awarded the Defense
Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal with one
oak leaf cluster, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of
Merit with four oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with two
oak leaf clusters, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Master
Parachutist Badge with gold combat star, the Army Aviator Badge, and
the Special Forces Tab.
General McNeill is married to the former Maureen Flanagan. They have
one son, Dan K., Jr., who is a senior at Wake Forest University.
Lieutenant General Dan K. McNeill, Deputy Commanding General/Chief
of Staff, United States Army Forces Command
Visiting Australia? Here are some interesting facts about
Australian Scots...and some fun things to do!
Several interesting items of news were received from Max M.
Macalister, Esq., president of clan Macalister Australia. You might
want to consider them whenever you make your plans to travel to
Highland Games at Jubilee Park, Ringwood, Melbourne, Victoria: This
is where some 35 or so Clans erect display tents and all of the
Pipebands compete in Piping competitions. The World Championships
were held there two years ago. Also, several Scottish dancing groups
attend where approximately 150 to 200 dancers compete. This year's
Ringwood Games were held on Sunday, March 28th. There was a massed
bands parade, a gathering of the Clans parade, heavy games events,
and mock battle displays. Sue Macleod, president and organizer, can
be reached at <email@example.com>.
Bundanoon Games (affectionately known as Brigadoon) in New South
Wales: These games are usually held around the time of the Ringwood
games. They have a very large attendance, some 15,000-20,000 people.
A special steam train is run from Sydney and passes by the parade
oval with whistle blowing and belching coal smoke, with hundreds of
people hanging out of windows waving and cheering as it chuffs by.
The main street of Bundanoon/Brigadoon is decked out in Scottish
paraphernalia, and there is a serious competition by all of the
town's shopkeepers to have the best decorated window. A grand parade
is then held, where all of the Clans and various Scottish groups
march along the main street and down to the sport's oval, some
three-quarters of a mile. Additional information may be obtained
from Warren Glase at
Scottish Week in Sydney: This event is usually held at the end of
November and the first four or five days of December. It is usually
the biggest and best Scottish event held in Australia. It is
organized by The Scottish Australian Heritage Council. David
Campbell is secretary of SAHC and can be reached at
or firstname.lastname@example.org . Their
The Ring of Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes, Northern New
South Wales: This is a ring of stones after the style of stones at
Stonehenge. There are 38 stones that make up the Ring. Only eight of
these stones are dedicated to Scottish Clans. Clan Macalister of
Isle of Skye has Stone No. 12, due East. The rest are made up of
Scottish associations and clubs, locality names, and individual
family names. For more information, contact
<www.gleninnestourism.com> or The Glen Innes and District Tourist
Centre and click on Standing Stones.
Neil Hugh McInnis of Bayside, Queens, New York died February
8, 2004. Neil was the grandfather of Life Member Michael McInnis. He
married Elizabeth Walker who predeceased him in 1984. He claimed 54
grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
McInnis owned the McInnis Ironworks in Queens from the 1940's to
1976 and was a creator of large and unique projects in iron and
steel, such as Ferris wheels.
Neil remembered presidents back to Theodore Roosevelt, was a
lifelong FDR Democrat and recalled stories about the many subsequent
Presidents. As a young boy in Boston, he was acquainted with
legendary Mayor James Michael Curly. He recalled that the loss of
the HMS Titanic was as huge in its time as was the September 11,
2001 assault on New York City.
Neil was descended from the Novia Scotia MacInnis' and traces back
to Aonghais MacInnis, a printer born in Scotland in 1831.
The International Association of Clan MacInnes offers
You may apply for one of their small scholarships, if you are
involved in or plan to attend any of the following:
* Study of Scottish arts, such as piping, dancing, drumming, etc.
* The learning of Gaelic
* Studying Scottish history.
These scholarships may partially or completely cover expenses
related to classes, lessons, tuition, and/or registration, etc., but
do not apply to living expenses to attend such classes.
Consideration for the scholarships is regardless of age, gender,
religion, heritage, and/or Clan MacInnes Association affiliation.
However, some preference is provided to Association members and the
financial need, assuming all other criteria are equal. Often we have
few applicants and many times all or some scholarships are awarded
to non-members of the Clan MacInnes Association.
If you are interested in applying, please send your name, address,
phone, and email address (if applicable) along with detailed
information about your field of study, dates, fees involved (please
break them down), financial need (if applicable) and any reasons why
you should be deserving.
Please submit applications in letter format to: Randy McInnis,
Chairman, Scholarship Committee, 1413 Autumn Ridge Lane, Fort Mill,
South Carolina 29708 or email to
Applications must be received by June 1, 2004. Winners will be
announced during the Clan MacInnes gathering during the Grandfather
Mountain Highland Games July 8-11, 2004.