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11 – 19 1974, the Foundation proudly announces the deeding of a sizable trove of letters, photographs, manuscripts (unpublished), books, newspaper clippings, documents relating to the work of our founders Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton and his wife, Lady Natalie Douglas-Hamilton.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.”
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
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.
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!
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.
Recent messages from ASF Members and friends show how important Highland Games are to our community, and we continue here to share news around Virtual Highland Games that are now planned in the weeks ahead – with a few ticketed Highland Games being planned.
Highland Games – September Updates as of September 20th, 2020
SEPTEMBER CANCELLED HIGHLAND GAMES:
September 5 – 6 San Francisco Highland Games, Pleasanton, cancelled; with hopes to hold the games later in the year, September 12 – 13 Kelso (WA) Highlander Festival – cancelled September 18 – 20 Oklahoma Scotfeld – cancelled, September 25 -27 Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival (PA) cancelled
In person Highland Games – in hybrid form took place: – September 12 Lancaster, PA, combined a celebration of Robert Burns, a Kirkin’ of the Tartan and a Highland Games. The Covenanter Scottish Festival was a small, ticketed event with no gate purchases at the event itself:
VIRTUAL HIGHLAND GAMES
September 19 – 20 A Virtual New Hampshire Highland Games – www.nhscot.org streaming live on Facebook and YouTube.
September In Person September Highland Games – September 19-20, Niagra Falls Highland Games will be a smaller event, reserved tickets only.
Michael Reid, ASF Board Director shares with us the late Summer/Fall Highland Games that are scheduled – Keep up to date with ASF News via our Facebook and website.
We will report on September, October and November in later editions as so much in flux)
With so much in flux we ask that you stay in touch with the organizing committee of the games you normally attend and check status as with the ongoing challenges of Covid-19 all is subject to change. ASF will share updates as we learn more. Keep up to date with ASF News on our website and Facebook pages. ___________________________________________________________________________
October Games – Arkansas Scottish Festival – October 9-11- Northeast FL Scottish Games & Highland Festival – October 11- Red Stone Highland Games Utah, October 14 -15- Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Decatur, October 18-20- Iron Thistle Scottish Festival OKL, October 16-18
November Games- Coastal Highlands Games, SC – November 14 – Dunedin Scottish Games, FL – postponed to November 21-22, new location: Dunedin Community CenterV
Awaiting Dates we are hoping for this Fall- Latta Celtic Festival (North Carolina) – postpone – new date tbd – Sherman Celtic Festival & Highland Games (Texas) – new date tbd – Ormond Beach Celtic Fest (FL) – Postponed – new date tbd – Cheyenne Celtic Music & Arts Festival – Postponed – new date tbd – Celtic Fling & Highland Games (PA) – Postponed – new date tbd – Pikes Peak Celtic Festival (CO) – Postponed – new date tbd – Utah Scottish Festival & Highland Games – Postponed – new dates tbd – Savannah Highland Games (SC) – Postponed – new dates tbd (website says both postponed and cancelled…..) AD
The American Scottish Foundation is proud to present our bi-weekly ScotsInUS Podcast…..
Presented on the second and fourth Monday of the month, our podcasts spotlight the ASF, partners, events and initiatives taking place in the community.
Hosted by Jamie McGeechan, featuring weekly guests and contributors we feature a wide range of news, events and music all with a focus on Scotland and throughout the American Scottish community in North America.
“In Conversation” – With all events cancelled due to Covid-19, a pivot was made around the leading April events. Camilla Hellman, President, American Scottish Foundation, discusses the virtual recognition of National Tartan Day, The Declaration of Arbroath Anniversary and other important April events that the community looked to not overlook.
With music from Alan Frew, Hannah Read and Colin Hunter
MAY 11 CLANS, THE LORD LYON AND HIGHLAND GAMES 2020 “In Conversation” with John King Bellassai, Council of Scottish Clans and Associations. Bellassai discusses the state of the US Scottish Clans and the role played by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. The historic role of Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms is also explained explained as well as the challenges facing the Highland Games in 2020.
With music from Whisky Kiss, Fellswater, Tullamore and Ed Miller
MAY 25 WORDS, MUSIC, WHISKY, GIN
“In Conversation” with David Stirling, Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador for Arbikie Highland Estate as David discusses their f fresh and exciting approach to distilling as well as informing us about Arbikie’s environmentally conscious ethos and their exciting and innovative range of gins, vodkas and rye.
Greg King, Brand Ambassador for Glendronach and BenRiach joins us to explain all about the fascinating history of Glendronach, one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Based in the Valley of Forgue in the East Highland Hills, Glendronach has been in operation for nearly 200 years.
With music from Have Mercy Las Vegas, John Rush and Laura McGhee.
JUNE 8TH COME DANCE – THE WORLD OF THE CEILIDH
In this episode ‘Come Dance – The World of the Ceilidh” we explore the great Scottish tradition that is the ceilidh and talk with top Scottish music talents to explore their contemporary and progressive approaches to the ceilidh.
Camilla Hellman, ASF President and Jamie close with a round up of news from within the Scottish American diaspora.
JUNE 26TH – SPRING ROUNDUP EPISODE
A look back and reflection on our first four episodes of the ScotsinUS Podcast as we discuss our wonderful guests and music on the podcast. Featuring a news round up and message from ASF President Camilla Hellman as we look forward to the months ahead.
JULY 6TH – EXPLORING SCOTTISH ROOTS
“Exploring Scottish Roots” – In this episode of the podcast we talk with renowned genealogist, heraldist and author Dr Bruce Durie as we discuss how to trace your Scottish ancestry and explore your Scottish roots. We are also In Conversation with Bart Forbes, President of the Clan Forbes Society as we talk about the wonderful energy and drive that Bart has brought to the Clan Forbes Society.
With music from Lisa Kowalski, Anna MacDonald, Mike Nisbet, Gleadhraich.
JULY 20TH – MIDSUMMER BURNS
On this episode of the ScotsInUS Podcast from the American Scottish Foundation we explore the legacy of Robert Burns in music, poetry and conversation.
Joining us In Conversation: Kenneth Donnelly, President of the Burns Society of the City of New York. Hugh Farrell, Chair of the Friends of The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Alistair McCulloch, Scottish fiddle virtuoso and sole custodian of the famous ‘Gregg Violin’ thought to have been played by Robert Burns himself.
With music from Anna MacDonald, Jamie McGeechan, Fraya Thomsen and Mr McFalls Chamber.
MONDAY AUGUST 10TH: The Highland Games go Virtual!
MONDAY AUGUST 24: SPOTLIGHT ON SOUNDS FROM SCOTLAND
In this episode we shine the spotlight on some of the wonderful Scottish musicians who have been performing on our monthly Sounds From Scotland Online Music Concerts and played on our ScotsInUS Podcast. We are delighted to showcase music from Scotland to our audience and in this episode we will shine the spotlight on these wonderful talents.
Join Jamie and Camilla for conversation, news and of course great music!
Robert The Bruce is pivoting from theatrical release to digital platforms. .Screen Media has set the release for APRIL 24TH – full details will follow shortly.
This heroic tale not only coincides with the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, when The Bruce declared Scotland a free land, but also with the 25th anniversary of Braveheart from which Robert The Bruce picks up the historical timeline. Angus Macfadyen portrays Robert the Bruce in both films.
ROBERT THE BRUCE is an inspiring story of the courage of ordinary Scots. When their King is injured and hiding from the English army that controls their lands, a widow and her family nurse him back to health, risking their lives for the life of their King and their hope for a free Scotland. Defying their clan, which has pledged itself to England, and inspiring him to fight again, they join The Bruce as he sets out to win the long-sought independence of their beloved country.
Written by Eric Belgau and Angus Macfadyen, ROBERT THE BRUCE is directed by Richard Gray and also stars Jared Harris, Anna Hutchison, Patrick Fugit, Zach McGowan, Emma Kenney, Melora Walters, Mhairi Calvey, Kevin McNally, Shane Coffey, and Talitha and Gabriel Bateman. The film was produced by Gray, Hutchinson, Macfadyen and Nick Farnell with Executive Producers Carter Boehm, Sharon Cox and Mike Gillespie.
As Riddoch notes: .. so as soon as we realised the corona virus lockdown would also cancel every celebratory event, my filmmaker colleague Charlie Stuart and I dropped other work and decided to make a film ourselves with help from Oscar-nominated composer Patrick Doyle, historian Fiona Watson and the actor Brian Cox
Only completed this past Saturday April 4th we share with all on this its 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath