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

Come see us at the San Antonio Games!

sagamesCome show us that you’re proud to be MacLeod at the San Antonio 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 us in the parade of clans on Saturday morning.

Hold Fast!

Isle of Harris

Just to the northwest of the Isle of Skye is another island with deep MacLeod history. The Isle of Harris along with its conjoined twin, the Isle of Lewis, are believed to have become MacLeod territory in the mid-13th century; under the leadership of clan founder Leod. Harris is separated from Lewis by a mountain range, and makes up the southern part of the island. Today the Isle of Harris is best known for its signature product, Harris Tweed. In order for a fabric to be called Harris Tweed it must be made of new wool that has been dyed prior to being spun into yarn. The yarn must be spun in the Outer Hebrides, and the cloth must be woven in the home of crofters from the Isle.Click here to see a great video about how the cloth is made.

Aside from tweed, Harris is popular tourist destination with amazing beaches and beautiful scenery. The following video shows some highlights from the island.

If you are interested in seeing more of the island in person, the pre-Parliament trip for the 2018 MacLeod gathering will be to the Island of Harris and Lewis!

There can be only one! Or, possibly six…?

indexThe rumors of a sixth Highlander movie have been circulating for nearly a decade. With reported directors and stars changing (almost) with the seasons. For the latest round of speculation, The Daily Record published in September 2015 that there could be a new Highlander movie as soon as this year!

Tex and I recently stumbled upon the original movie while flipping through the channels. We both got a kick out of see the original as it had been years/decades since the last time either of us had watched it. It sure seemed different as a kid… What about you? Do you remember the old movies? Were you a fan? Would you like to see the series get a reboot? Let us know in the comment section below!