Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Scottish Christmas Walk

It was just good brisk Scottish weather. Cold & wet is always more tolerable with good friends/family.

Sue Anne, Perry & Judith hiding from the weather before Scottish Christmas Walk.

Rick & Clark hiding from the weather before Scottish Christmas Walk.

Waiting for the Scottish Christmas Walk to begin. It started as rain, then the rain was joined by huge sloppy snow flakes as we started walking.

After the Walk, in The Fish Market, for Lunch. Ron was one of the drier of our group, look at his shirt.

David, Perry, Sue, Sue Anne, ___?, Judith.

Clark, Wayne, Patti & Ron.

Check out the size of the glasses on the table, they looked more like fishbowls on a pedestals.

We had a terrific weekend, in spite of the weather!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Foothills Highland Games 11-7-2009

Two months before Foothills Highland Games Rick suddenly and unexpectedly became President of S.C.O.T.S. and Director of the Games; and in turn I became Secretary of S.C.O.T.S. and Entertainment Chairman aka: "Damage Control Officer".
WOW - was I there in the Clan Scott tent long enough for this photo? I must have been!
I have a very big "Thank You!" for Shirlee Olinger, Joe Olinger, Sue Anne Scott-Ramsey and David Ramsey for covering the tent for me.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Border Gathering

How eerie is it to see a Saltare in the sky over a Scottish Gathering?

What fine looking bunch of Scott laddies.

Sir Walter Scott, Judith & Clark Scott

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Scott Family

My Grandparents - James & Lydia Scott

My Greatgrandparents - Robert & Ellen Scott with their children - oldest to youngest: Robert Jr, Minnie, James, Henry and Mary.

Seated adults - GGF Robert Scott, his MIL GGGM Adeline Dennis, GGM Ellen Scott and GGGF Samuel Smith Scott with a lot of my mother cousins and their children.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Right now life has gone nuts!!!!!
Any one of Scottish, Irish, or from one of the Celtic Nations in ancestry; and live almost close to Hendersonville or Lexington NC??? And Quilts??? I am trying to put together a "CELTIC INSPIRATION" quilt show & quilt as a fund raiser. We help set up the Foothills Highland Games., I would like to have a display, in the VIP tent next year of Celtic Inspired Quilts. I am making a Celtic Dreams raffle quilt, but would really like to have a display of Celtic or Tartan Inspired Quilts.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Who's getting stressed out?
We have a month and a half until Foothills Highland Games.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dan Makgow Smith - Foothills Highland Games

While returning from the AQS Quilt Show in Knoxville my friend Sue and I shopped our way back. At one of our stops I spotted this book on the check out counter. A thistle photo is like a stop sign for a couple of Scots (persons of Scottish decent). Beside it was a newspaper article, with photos, about the author - Dan Makgow Smith (Yes, he was wearing a kilt in the photo!). My friend and I are very involved in the S.C.O.T.S. (Scottish Clans of the South) organization, that puts on the Foothills Highland Games (November 7 - at Jackson Park, Hendersonville NC). We are always "brainstorming" to find new venues for the festival. Soooo, I told her, "We need to find out how to get him to come do a book signing, at the festival." The store sold me the last copy they had in stock, gave us Dan's business card and they took Sue's business card to pass on to Dan. Sue has been in contact with Dan and he will be coming to do a book signing at the festival.

Excerpt from the book follows:

Malcolm Macgow is good at what he does: a Scottish blacksmith. Living in Forfar, Scotland in the 1600's with his son, Ian, they make ends meet. Malcolm comes from a long line of blacksmith's and is teaching his son the trade as well. Although not officially single, he lives his life that way since his wife left him some time ago and has basically abandoned the family. His life takes a sudden change when a woman, Kate MacPherson, enters his life and turns him completely upside down emotionally. It doesn't take long before he falls madly in love with her. His life takes a turn for the worse when the local magistrate teams up with a group of domineering men who are bent on taking Malcolm's land right out from under him for purposes that are diabolical and not in the best interests of the town of Forfar. Malcolm's brother, Daniel, now living in the American colonies, has his own set of problems when he is accused of being in league with the Salem witch crowd. Daniel had sailed to America to make his own way in life as a fur trader, but fate had other plans for him in the name of an old family nemesis named, Theodore Higginbottom. Fleeing into the wilderness, Daniel evades capture and meets a woman by the name of Logan Moss, who he falls in love with. Eventually Daniel and Logan make their way back to Salem and prepare to make a stand with whatever awaits them there. In the present time, the brother's descendants come together, as family from America travel to Scotland where they discover their long lost relatives some three-hundred plus years later.

Friday, July 17, 2009

GMHG Picture

Friday evening at the Sponsor and Patron's Reception held at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center on the Appalachian State University campus. Left to right: Rick Leenders, Rebecca & Henry Scott, Sue Leenders, Clark & Judith Scott.
These people look too distinguished to be pillaging & plundering - "Border Reivers".

Members Shirlee & Joe Olinger stopped to visit the Clan Scott tent.
They are avid golfers, hmmm, when is the next Tartan Golf Tournament?

"Welcome, to Clan Scott,
Wood Family!"

William, Shawna, Kameron, Kyleigh & Kassidy!

Oops, someone is hiding!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Yes, I have survived the 4-day weekend. I felt surprisingly, OK, until we headed home Sunday evening. Then it hit me, WOW, was I tired! Every thing stayed in the car overnight, except the make-up case with the bedtime pills. In the driveway at 9:30, crawling into bed at 9:38.
But, in all, we had a great time! I got to see friends I hadn't seen in a couple of years, and some even longer.
The Clan had missed GMHG for a few years, when the previous commissioner resigned, and it had been noticed. Several other clans and several GMHG officials came up to me, and said they were glad Clan Scott was back on the mountain.
Past-chieftain Clark Scott bought a chain-saw carved bear, and caught a lot of ribbing over having a bear seat belted in his back seat. Clan Scott is a fun bunch, who else do you know that would do this. Oh, yes, my former boss at Mae's Fabric - her husband did the same thing the first day of their two week vacation. OK, I know some wild & crazy people.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

GMHG - 1 week & counting

It is one week, until we head to Grandfather Mountain to get the Clan Scott tent set-up and attend the torchlight ceremony.
Today I made a new tartan flag, out of my new piece of Ancient Red tartan. DH has been printing bookmarks; I have them laminated and the tassels are on them.
The bookmarks will be a little gift for anyone turning in a paid membership form at GMHG, next weekend. We will be making buttons, key chains and t-shirts over the next few days.

Then we need to pack clothes. I need to figure out 6 outfits for the 4 days. You "guys" have it so easy, put on a clean shirt each day and 1 evening, slip on either your Doune or Prince Charlie Jackets with a tux shirt, and your good to go! OH, yes, don't forget clean socks with the clean shirts.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

OK, Clan Scott Society "will" have a tent at GMHG July 9-12.
Every thing is coming together, application has been sent and the check is "in the mail".
We hope to have a lot of past, present and future Clan Scott Society members stop by to visit with us.
We will be having only one tent this year, but next year we will have more time for preparation in the planning and hopefully will go back to the two tents.
We are, also, looking forward to seeing friends from other Clans we haven't seen for a while.
No matter what "Mother Nature" give us for weather those days, it will be great time for all.
(And we will all leave hearing bagpipes in our heads for the following 2 or 3 days.)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games is the next festival in NC. At this time I do not know if I will be able to get a tent space for Clan Scott, due to how soon it is. I will need to call Monday to see if there is still a tent available. The GMHG Director was out of the office today when I called, he will be back Monday.
I had found a piece of Ancient red Scott tartan on clearance earlier this week and it arrived today. I plan on using it as part of my backdrop for the banner I already have. The white background on my banner disappears on the white tent side if I have it rolled down.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

NC Commissioner Appointment

Well, Hello NC!
Chieftian KD called this evening, amidst "Devine Miss M" chaos, and asked if I would be interested in being NC Commissioner. "Sure". Chieftian KD continues to tell me why I would be "perfect" for the position. I am agreeing and telling him, "Yes, I have been debating for sometime as to emailing my interest, before NC is appointed to someone." Ok, now we are on the same page.
I am feeling relief, I have finally done what I have been wanting to commit to for several months.
My founding Grandfather (in this country) X6 - John Scott, Sr; came in through Cape Fear and I feel like I am continuing a connection with John and NC. I feel like I have came "home" moving to NC, last year.
The most important part is: I am near DYS and the "Devine Miss M".
I am looking forward to connecting with distant family members and connecting with Clan Scott past & present members in NC.