Come see us at the Salado Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games

If you want to see the clans, watch some Highland athletics and hear some great music be sure to stop by the Salado Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games this weekend! Representatives from the Clan MacLeod Society, USA will be at the festival this weekend to meet our members and recruit new MacLeods. Be sure to stop by the tent to say hello and get your membership information.

Hope to see you this weekend. Hold Fast!

Come see us at the Arkansas Scottish Festival

If you want to see the clans, watch some Highland dancing and hear some great music be sure to stop by the Arkansas Scottish Festival in Batesville, AR! We have very generous volunteer representing from the Clan MacLeod Society, USA  at the festival this weekend. Be sure to stop by the tent to thank him for helping out.

Hope to see you this weekend. Hold Fast!

Come see us at the Salado Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games

scgahggraphic-768x681If you want to see the clans, watch some Highland athletics and hear some great music be sure to stop by the Salado Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games on November 12th & 13th! Representatives from the Clan MacLeod Society, USA will be at the festival next weekend to meet our members and recruit new MacLeods. Be sure to stop by the tent to say hello and get your membership information.

If you miss us at the games please remember that you can sign up to be a member anytime at the clan website using PayPal. https://clanmacleodusa.org/Join.html

Hope to see you soon. Hold Fast!

Come see us at the Kerr County Celtic Festival!

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Stonehenge II image via Wikimedia Commons, by Cqui.

We will be hosting a clan tent at the 2nd Annual Kerr County Celtic Festival on October 8th & 9th. Last year this games event was held in mid-summer, but thankfully, has been moved back to October and should be great fun. The games will be held in Ingram, TX at the Hill Country Arts Foundation…I hear they even have a replica Stonehenge nearby, if you need another reason to stop by. More information about the games can be found at the games website and facebook page.

We’d love to chat with local MacLeods, and would be happy to sign up new members and renewals to the Clan Society! Also remember that you can always sign up or renew your membership at the clan website using PayPal.

A different Hugh McLeod…

Image via www.findagrave.com, added by Russ Dodge

Image via http://www.findagrave.com, added by Russ Dodge

When hearing the name Hugh MacLeod, most clan members immediately think of our current clan chief. However, in the 1800s Texas was home to its own Hugh McLeod. Born in New York, Hugh McLeod was educated at West Point but soon resigned his US military commission in order to join the army of the Republic of Texas. While in Texas McLeod became a military leader, though he is best known for leading the failed Santa Fe Expedition. He also was active in the political world and even served in the Texas House of Representatives.

To learn more about this famous MacLeod in Texas, check out these books:

Blake, Gertrude Burleson. The Public Career of General Hugh McLeod. 1932.

Spellman, Paul N. Forgotten Texas Leader: Hugh McLeod and the Texan Santa Fe Expedition. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 1999.

Spellman, Paul N. Like a Meteor Glancing: The Life of Hugh McLeod and the Texan Santa Fe Expedition. Ann Arbor, Mich: UMI, 1998.

Come see us at the Texas Scottish Festival in Arlington!

tsf-shield-logo-mediumCome show us that you’re proud to be MacLeod at the Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games this weekend!

Clan representatives will be at the games to recruit new members and accept membership renewals. Stop by the tent to say hello, or join/renew your membership.

Hold Fast!

Help save the Salado Games!

CTAM-Header-CroppedAs some of you may know the Central Texas Area Museum, host of the oldest Highland Games & clan gathering in Texas, the Salado Highland Games, is having financial trouble. According to their GoFundMe page they have “an immediate need for additional funds to extend Museum operations until the Scottish Gathering and Games, which will be held November 11-13, in Salado. Plans are underway to avoid future financial crisis, but we need your help to survive until we can enact those plans.” Without the support of the community and Highland games enthusiasts the museum, and games may not survive. If you are looking for a charity to donate to, please visit their GoFundMe page and consider donating today. Click HERE to donate.

A MacLeod for president?

James Monroe, the first Scottish-American President

James Monroe, the first Scottish-American President

As some of you may know, there is a MacLeod descendant currently running for President of the US. Donald Trump’s mother, Mary MacLeod, was born in Scotland and lived for some time on the Isle of Lewis. Opinions on the quality of his candidacy are widely divided, both in the US and in Scotland. With one island author asking “…What have we spawned?”

Regardless of the results of the upcoming election, there have already been a number of US Presidents who can trace their roots back to Scotland. Wikipedia lists 22 presidents with Scottish ancestry, including President Obama, President Clinton, and both Bush presidents.

What are your opinions on having a MacLeod as president? Are there any MacLeod’s you’d rather vote for? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Tartan Day!

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MacLeod of Harris tartan

April 6th is National Tartan Day, in recognition of the anniversary of the Scottish Declaration of Arbroath, signed in 1320. It was declared a National Holiday by George W. Bush during his presidency in 2008 and is celebrated at locations around the country and at many cities in Texas. If you want to learn more about Tartan Day check out this blog entry about the Texas Tartan Day Stone by clicking here.

So, be sure to show your Scottish pride by wearing your tartan today!

Texas Blue Bonnet Tartan

Texas Blue Bonnet Tartan