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!
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
McLeod, TX in southeastern Cass County is a small town, population 230, with a big Scottish name. Located in the Rodessa oilfield, McLeod was founded in an area known as Good Exchange by the locals until the 1930s. Do you know any MacLeod’s living in McLeod?
Come 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.
As 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.
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