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AMERICAN SCOTTISH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GIFT OF ARCHIVAL MATERIALS OF ITS FOUNDERS

On this the 46th Anniversary of the first New York Scotland Week organized by the American Scottish Foundation in New York during November 11 – 19 1974, the Foundation proudly announces the deeding of a sizable trove of letters, photographs, manuscripts (unpublished), books, newspaper clippings, documents relating to the work of our founders Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton and his wife, Lady Natalie Douglas-Hamilton. 

The donation includes several pictures and prints and two magnificent portraits of Lord Malcolm and Lady Natalie. 

Lord and Lady Malcolm Douglas Hamilton had an immense impact on public life, both in the United States and United Kingdom. 

ASF offers special thanks to Lady Natalie’s grandchildren and her heirs, who made this possible. Decades after Lord Malcolm’s death in 1964 and seven years after Lady Natalie’s passing in 2013, their legacy literally lives on in the work of the American Scottish Foundation. 

George Mead, the Executor of the Mead Estate, and Lady Malcolm’s grandson coordinated the gift on behalf of the Estate. 

“When we started , we found books on Scottish history and culture ,which were clearly part of the early DNA of the Foundation.  

“Then, we located additional trunks filled with correspondence, photographs and writings by Lord Malcolm and my grandmother. 

“We were astounded at the amount of information which was preserved from the early days of the Foundation. It provides a great chance to see the energy, vision and dedication which was part of the early days of the organization.  

“It was only natural l these resources should be gifted to the Foundation, as part of its legacy. I and my sister, Libby Stowell and my brother Malcolm, are delighted this came together. In challenging times like these, it is easy to lose sight of the cultural foundations that are our anchor.” 

Kenneth Donnelly, the American Scottish Foundation’s Chairman notes: “The Board of the American Scottish Foundation, and the membership, are deeply grateful to the Mead family for the wonderful gift of artifacts and memorabilia describing the programs and contributions of the ASF dating back to the founding of the institution enhancing our archive collection. 

We accept this gift from Lady (Natalie) Malcolm Douglas Hamilton’s grandchildren with great pride and passion and look to conserve and share the rich history in relation to Scotland and to also her own additional involvement in international relations. 

The Foundations archive is greatly enhanced by this wonderful gift of materials which will help us in promoting the transatlantic partnership of America and Scotland.” 

If you would like to learn of ways to support the archive project and updates surrounding the collection, please see visit the initiatives page on our website here.

or email us at americanscottishfoundation@gmail.com

Poppy Scotland – Light up Red – in honor and support of the Armed Forces community.

Throughout Scotland as a 2020 Remembrance Day Poppyscotland  have undertaken a wonderful initiative which sees buildings throughout Scotland bathed in red light in honor of Remembrance Day, and in support of their vital work at Poppy Scotland for the Armed Forces community

ASF share an image by young Scot and ASF Friend Martin Urquart of Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum part of Poppyscotland Remembrance Day Appeal

Scots In Us Podcast :

CURRENT EPISODE Monday November 9

Shetland Island Wool & Textiles Spotlight on Shetland Wool Week 

“In Conversation” with Oliver Henry from Jamieson and Smith, leading wool brokers in Shetland as we learn of the process of working in the renowned Shetland wool industry, the skills and knowledge of which have been passed down over generations. 

Janette Budge then join us, Janette is a Shetland knitwear designer and tutor with a great deal of passion for Shetland wool and textiles. Janette is involved in Shetland Wool Week, Shetland PeerieMakkers and the Shetland Guild of Spinners Knitters Weavers and Dyers.

With Music from Malachy TallackHom Bru and Filska.

Listen to our podcasts on Spotify , on Apple Podcasts and on Anchor.

Upcoming Scots In Us podcast: The Impossible Row – with Jamie Douglas Hamilton

The Impossible Row


THE IMPOSSIBLE ROW Jamie Douglas-Hamilton and his team of rowers became the first to row from Cape Horn in Chile to Antarctica, battling brutal storms and freezing conditions in the notorious Drake Passage – the world’s most treacherous stretch of water.


On December 7th at 7PM EST we will release this exciting podcast with Jamie Douglas Hamilton as Jamie takes us through his historic row which took place last December with footage and the story from this adventurer.

Jamie Douglas-Hamilton was part of the six-strong team who completed ‘The Impossible Row’. The crew set off from Chile to mainland Antarctica across the Drake Passage and became the first group to row the body of water between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands by human power!

You can listen to our podcasts on a variety of platforms, including AnchorApple Podcasts and Spotify.

Remembering Sir Sean Connery

It is with great sadness that the American Scottish Foundation shares this post today following the passing of Sir Sean Connery who had recently celebrated his 90th birthday in August.

In 2001 the American-Scottish Foundation was honored to present the ASF Wallace Award to Sir Sean for his outstanding contribution to Scotland and International relations on the steps of the Capital. The presentation, made by Alan L Bian was part of the Washington DC 2001 celebration of Tartan Day.

ASF Chairman, Kenneth Donnelly was present that day and shares a tribute and memories of one of Scotland’s great icons:

“Sir Sean Connery was an inspiration to all Scots around the world. From his days in Edinburgh working odd jobs as a milkman, then bodybuilder to world class actor he inspires us all to take full advantage of all the opportunities in life. “

He was fully involved in supporting the idea of Tartan Day in America celebrating Scots contributions to the United States. “I recall back in 2000 standing proud with Sir Sean Connery, Senator Trent Lott, Vice President Dick Cheney and many others on the west steps of the Capitol building as Sen. Lott read the Congressional proclamation of Tartan Day as April 6th. “

Picture this Sir Sean coming down the steps of the Capitol in his kilt where many US Presidents have been sworn in, raising his arms in salute and the crowd raising a mighty cheer, “Scots Wha Hae”. In 2002 Sir Sean once again celebrated Tartan Day with us in the US, but this time as Grand Marshal of the New York Tartan Day Parade up Sixth Avenue – a great moment that all of us involved in NYC Tartan Week remember or know is one of the great moments of the Parade history.

Video of Sir Sean addressing the crowds in Washington, D.C. as part of Tartan Day

Thank you Sir Sean for all you have done to promote the culture of Scotland.

Highland and Island Voices

The Highland and Islands of Scotland are understandably much romanticized owing to no lack of films, tv shows and books which have depicted these areas and the people who live there with a great deal of fantasy and historical intrigue.

If you’ve ever wanted to hear about what life is actually like in the Scottish Highland and Islands then there’s a brilliant platform called HI Voices which features new guest contributors every week sharing their experiences, perspectives and insights and it’s well worth checking out.

Set up as a rotational Twitter account with accompanying blog by Domhnall Macsween in 2013 HI Voices offers a glimpse into the people who live and work in the Highland and Islands and it’s a real treasure to take a look at.

Recent contributors include Eilidh Smith who describes her experiences living in Strathpeffer and spending time in Achmore on the Isle of Lewis. Currently Eilidh is working at the Gairloch Museum and in a recent post she shared this insightful comment about Highland life:

” Living and working in the Highlands and Islands, we have a canny ability to adapt, to change our plans and make the most of whatever is thrown at us. Maybe that comes from years of coping with ever-changing weather, knowing we need to change tack and adjust to fit the fronts as they move through. Maybe it’s that our communities are close and small enough that we know someone who can help, or someone who knows someone who can help… “

The feeling of community spirit and togetherness that Eilidh describes is a central theme in a lot of the contributions on HI Voices as the people who live and work in the Highland and Islands seem to be very aware of the importance of kinship, of working together in harmony with each other as well as the land itself in order to thrive and survive.

Although the Highlands and Islands are wonderful destinations for tourists, drawing visitors from all over the world, they are places where people have lived for thousands of years and where distinct culture, customs and language has managed to survive despite many challenges and the never ending march towards globalization. The people who live there are rightfully proud of their roots and their identities.

Rhoda Meek from the Isle of Tiree shares some insights: “For me, our Scottish islands and especially the one I am lucky enough to call home, are so much more than a destination. They are living breathing places with an incredibly rich cultural heritage – and I see that culture sitting on the cusp of survival.”  

HI Voices moderator Linda Ross had this to say on the project:

“With the Highlands and Islands Voices account we go beyond the mythology of the region and hear from those who make the region what it is – a diverse area that, although steeped in a remarkable heritage, is so much more than the tartan and castles in the mists for which it is often celebrated. Our weekly curators show off the area as progressive, exciting and characterised by a landscape which is for living. Through them, the area has an online presence which reflects everything from the rich cultural scene to the industrial and technological developments which have been an ever-present part of modern life in the region. Perhaps more importantly, it gives a platform to the intricacies of daily life and leaves us with a tangible record of the reality (both positive and negative) of Highlands and Islands life. It picks up on the area’s inherent diversity and pride to remind us that there is no singular voice of the region; although people come together as ‘Highlanders’, the account shows us that being ‘Highland’ means different things to different people.”

www.hivoices.wordpress.com

Scots In Us Podcast – Our Global Community October 12th

In this podcast we are joined by Sean Cairney, Director of The Scottish Banner. Based in Sydney, Australia, The Scottish Banner has been keeping our Scottish global community informed for over 40 years! Sean joins us to share insight as to the beginnings of The Scottish Banner and it’s origins. Sean tells us what the Scottish global community means to him and shares some of his favorite stories about The Scottish Banner and it’s many readers across the globe.

We’re joined for an introduction by Cameron Steer, our Sports Ambassador and Sports Reporter who will be bringing us news and updates on sport from Scotland and on leading Scottish athletes in North America.

We have music from Mark Copeland, Mara Shea and Kodak Ghosts.

Presented by Jamie McGeechan with ASF President Camilla Hellman, MBE.

Listen to our podcasts on Spotify , on Apple Podcasts and on Anchor.

American Scottish Foundation announce partnership with The Scottish Grocer

The Scottish Grocer is offering a great way for you to support ASF – with every order placed from their great range of Scottish products, ASF will receive a donation from the Scottish Grocer.

Based in Charlotte, NC, Scottish Grocer offer a wide range of products that will help your larder stay stocked with Scottish products…. AND helping the ASF too!

Some of our favorites are:- Mrs Bridges wonderful range of Jams, jellies and chutneys (our favorite is Mrs Bridges Lemon Curd!), Hamlyns Scottish Porridge Oats and Oatmeal ensuring a great bowl of porridge but is an essential ingredient for so many of our baking needs- A great variety of Haggis products including Mackie’s Potato Crisps – Haggis crispsStockan’s Oatcakes, produced in Orkney – so many ways to enjoy- Plus great Gift items …

Visit the Scottish Grocer website to see all the wonderful products!

www.thescottishgrocer.com

If you are a Member of ASF your Special 20% Discount Code also applies.

If you have lost your discount code email us at americanscottishfoundation@gmail.com

Scottish football roundup from ASF Sports Reporter Cameron Steer

ASF Sports Reporter & Ambassador Cameron Steer

Scores Around The Grounds – Scottish Premiership

The Scottish Premiership has kicked off and it looks set to be an exciting season as Celtic chase a potential 10 league titles in a row. Arch rivals Rangers will be keen to see that this doesn’t happen though with Rangers manager and ex Liverpool ace Steven Gerrard needing to prove to fans and the board that his appointment as manager was a wise one. Can Rangers stop Celtic this season and when will fans return to games with the current COVID-19 situation rolling on and causing significant financial difficulties for some of the smaller clubs. Whatever happens it’s sure to be an exciting season ahead!

Saturday September 26th

Game One: Livingston FC vs ST Johnstone FC

The game started off with both sides going at each other pretty evenly, however the game began to come alive for Livingston after they were denied a penalty, following that Jason Holt was booked for a tactical foul on a St Johnstone counter attack, and the momentum of the game fully shifted to the Livingston boys. A few minutes later, in the 34th minute Scott Tiffoney passed the ball into the bottom left corner after the ball popped out to him from a messy period of play in the box. No longer than one minute later, Tiffoney laid the ball off to Alan Forest on the edge of the St Johnstone box to calmly slot home the second goal of the day for Livi. The game ended with a very good chance for St Johnstone which looked to be curling home into an open net, but Lee Miller saved his Livingston side by heading the ball clear from the line. Overall, a pretty balanced game in terms of statistics, Livingston just did more with the momentum and chances they had, scoring in quick succession and so early on decided the game in the first half. ​Full Time score: Livingston 2-0 St Johnstone.

Game Two: St Mirren vs Kilmarnock

The game started off with St Mirren on the front foot, narrowly missing a chance on a counter attack early on. After that the game went back and forth with both sides creating fantastic chances on the counter. St Mirren then hit the crossbar from a corner kick, the bullet header from Joe Shaughnessy. After this missed opportunity, Kilmarnock went down the other end and fashioned together a nice six-yard tap in, the chance scored by Nicke Kabamba, taking his tally for the season up to 4 goals. For the rest of the game, St Mirren looked very dangerous on set pieces but couldn’t convert a crucial chance in the end to draw the game level. Which was a shame as for the closing stages of the game, St Mirren looked to cause the most trouble. ​Full Time score: St Mirren 0 – 1 Kilmarnock.

Game Three: Hamilton vs Dundee United

Lawrence Shankland Scores Again! This matchup only took 4 minutes for the first piece of excitement with Shankland stabbing home a tidy cut back into the box. After this quick start, the game became rather scrappy with Dundee United attempting a wayward shot from range which swerved high and left away from the goal. Hamilton answered this by going down the other end, squandering a cross to the back post which somehow found its way through the Dundee defence. Not long after this, Dundee wasted what appeared to be a clear cut chance down the right hand side, just inside the box, but Logan Chalmers sliced it wide. A Dundee goal line clearance following a set-piece from Hamilton looked to have kept the clean sheet hopes alive for Dundee, further reinforced by a shocking headed miss from Hamilton striker ​T​unde Owolabi. Following this, another fantastic opportunity went begging for Dundee as David Mayo flashed a left footed cross across the face of goal from the right hand side. The game then proceeded to go back and forth with numerous slight chances until the 75th minute when Hakeem Odoffin steered home a corner kick to draw Hamilton level. After the equalizer, the game and its momentum petered out with both sides snatching at some chances with some pretty poor attempts during crunch time at the end of the game.  ​Full Time score Hamilton 1-1 Dundee Utd.

Game Four: Motherwell vs Rangers

The game began with a fantastic cross from Rangers captain James Tavernir which was met by a seemingly accidental header on target from Alfredo Morelos which looked to be going in, but was instead saved by the Motherwell goalkeeper. Tavernir then stepped up to slot home a penalty in the 12th minute following an accidental handball from Motherwell’s Mugabi. Then in the 28th minute, Jordan Jones smashed a curled effort across goal from the right hand side after making an incredible sprint to get on the end of his teammates pass. The ball hit the far post and ricocheted into the otherside of the goal, fantastic goal. Richard Tate then gave another penalty away for Motherwell in the 37th minute of the game, handballing Ryan Kents inswinging corner. Up stepped James Tavernir to slot home his second penalty kick of the day. Cedric Itten then made his presence known, thumping in a screamer of a volley from the top of the box for Rangers in the 75th minute, before slotting home the ball in the 80th minute as it fell kindly to him following a scramble in the six yard box from a corner kick. The game then ended with Motherwell getting on the scoresheet through a comical error from the Rangers defender George Edmunson, as the corner kick just slipped his view and bounced off his face into his own goal from no more than six yards out.​ Final score Motherwell 1-5 Rangers.

Game Five: Celtic vs Hibernian

Celtic started early through Callum Mcgregor who passed the ball into the net from the top of the box in the 7th minute to take the lead over Hibs. By the 35th minute, this lead was doubled, Albain Ajetti calmly slotting home a rebound from the goalkeeper on the edge of the six yard box. Celtic would go on to dominate Hibs all the way to the 79th minute where Mohammed Elynoussi would put a cap on an excellent team performance for the celts. Celtic also ended the game with the lion’s share of possession at 65%. ​ Final score: Celtic 3-0 Hibernian.

Game Six: Aberdeen vs Ross County

The game began pretty slow but soon became scrappy and looked up for grabs for either team with chances going begging at either end. However it was Aberdeen who snatched the momentum in the 42nd minute through a Marley Watkins bouncing header off a cross from out wide left. The next significant action came in the 60th minute with Iain Vigurs bringing down Mccrorie inside the box at the end of an Aberdeen counter attack. Lewis Ferguson stepped up to slot the ball home to the keepers right. Just sixteen minutes later a handball was called on Ross County‘s number 43 Reid. Ferguson stepped up again and slotted his second in the exact manner of the first. The game ended Ross County 0-3 Aberdeen.

That’s all for this week! Cameron will be back with his sports report next week!

You can get in touch with Cameron with any sports tips or questions at cammisteer02@gmail.com

SCOTTISH NORTH AMERICAN COMMUNITY CONFERENCE

Planning is under way for The 17th Annual Scottish North American Community Conference which will take place December 4th – December 6th in New York Virtually (and we hope in person).

Reservations will be taken shortly but as we ask you to Mark Your Calendar we ALSO ask you to lend your voice: Please take the On Line Survey HERE.

Hosted by The American-Scottish Foundation® together with Chicago Scots, St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit, Council of Scottish Clans & Associations, Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada and The Scottish Studies Foundation and The Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph.

With grateful thanks to our sponsors The Scottish Government.

The event will be streamed as a live online event which we hope you will join us for as we join with our event partners.

Details on panelists, discussions and how to join us will be available soon on our Conference website at www.scottishleadershipconference.com