The 31st Charles Ascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symosium will be held Virtually on March 20, 2021. This tradition of study and interaction is ideal for those seeking knowledge of Scottish history, culture and traditions.
Take the opportunity to spend the day with some of the top scholars in the USA, Scotland, and Canada on topics relative to Scottish and Scottish-American history and genealogy. Speakers include:
Dr. Rob Dunbar – Chair of the Celtic and Scottish Studies Department, University of Edinburgh who will address references to the American South and the Carolinas in Gaelic literature and lore.
Dr. Bruce Durie - Scotland’s top academic genealogist, who will address the topic of the variety of DNA found in Scotland and thus among the Scottish diaspora.
Dr. Tiber Falzett - inaugural Scottish Heritage USA visiting professor of Scottish Gaelic Studies at UNC – Chapel Hill and currently of the faculty of University College, Dublin and the Irish Folklore Commission will address the Gaelic hymn and song traditions found in the Carolinas – with a focus on some recently discovered manuscript materials relative to this.
Dr. Rae Fleming - noted local and regional historian and specialist on the migrations and connections between Islay emigrants from Scotland to the Carolinas and Ontario and their interchange through the 19th century.
Ms. Nancy Fields – director and curator of the Museum of the Southeastern American Indian at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, NC who will explore the connections between Native Americans of the Carolinas and their emigrant Highland Scot neighbors.
PRE-REGISTRATION is required for access to the virtual symposium. For further information on the speakers and the schedule for the event, please visit: https://www.sa.edu/scottish-heritage/
CLICK ON THE BROCHURE LINK for further information on our speakers.
CLICK ON THE 2021 SCHEDULE LINK FOR THE SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS. Registration fee is $20 per person. Link to the virtual symposium to be sent the week of the event to all who have pre-registered.
Meet with fellow Scots in kilts to celbrate this Annual Tartan Day at the Players Retreat Bar in Raleigh from 5PM to 7PM. Whisky will be available?
St Andrew was celebrated in Scotland as early as 800AD and after Scottish Independence with the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 he was officially made Patron Saint of Scotland.
How did a Galilean fisherman become the patron saint of Scotland?
Andrew and his brother Simon Peter were the first of the Apostles. Andrew later became the first Arch Bishop of Greece where he was crucified by the Romans. It has been said that he chose a diagonal cross as he was not worthy to die on the same cross as Jesus.
Legend has two stories about Scotland and Andrew.
A Greek Monk by the name of St. Regulus or St Rule had a vision to take St. Andrew relics to the “ends of the earth” and he ended up on the coast of Fife at what is now the city of St Andrews. During the Scottish Reformation the pilgrimage site was destroyed, but in 1879 the Arch Bishop of Amifa where Andrew’s remains had been moved gave a shoulder blade to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh and Pope Paul VI gave more relics in 1969.
The other legend is of Angus Mac Fergus, King of the Picts, before a battle with the Angles in 832AD, had a vision of St. Andrew and during the battle clouds formed a diagonal cross which inspired the Picts to victory. The Cross of St Andrew became the badge of the Picts.
Gentlemen, charge your glasses and be upstanding: I give you the St. Andrew's Society.