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B-) Homecoming 2014 - "Roots Days :-o Laithean nan Freumh".
RE:post from Arisaig Highland Games.

Summer An Tilleadh 2014 lasts 16 days. An integral element is to forge relationships between people from home and away. The five Roots Days feature twenty five locations, but have no organised activities. We will co-ordinate meeting and information points in communities to facilitate visitors to research their heritage. We aim for local, personal [...] B-)*view linked PDF:


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# 11 - An Tilleadh PDF - 10/08/2013 - 10:26 - Sterling - Sterling Council - Scotland - UK
B-)Homecoming 2014 - "Bannockburn 2014" REpost from COSCA:

Some nuts and bolts details It can be a bit difficult to get all the gritty details you need if you are planning to haul a clan association, banners, targes, flags, crests, maps, claymores, stags horns and such across the Atlantic ocean...or if you are just hauling yourself, your husband and three excited [...] B-)


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# 10 - Council of Scottish Clans and Associations - 10/01/2013 - 16:24 - Pinehurst - NC - USA
B-) Greetings:

The year 2014 is going to be very exciting for those of us with Scottish Ancestry. The entire year will celebrate the 700th year since the Battle of Bannockburn. In addition, there will be several clan homecomings as well as a general gathering to coincide with the celebration in Stirling. This brings up a thought that many of you are not completely familiar with your heritage, kith and kin, or more ancient genealogy.

Minnesota Scots is working to provide several articles over the next year to acquaint you with some of the more interesting facts and provide you with some study suggestions to further your interest. This will vary and touch several areas, for example, are you aware that Scottish Celts were not directly related to the Celts that occupied Britain? The Celts that occupied what is now Scotland came from Spanish Galatia by way of Ireland, not from Gaul/France. This is meant to be a teaser only and to spark your interest.

As a start we are providing a link to a very well done presentation by Lord Elgin, the head of the Family of Bruce about the Battle of Bannockburn.

I want to thank William Bruce for providing me with the link and hope that you all enjoy! B-)


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# 9 - Neil Johnson - 07/03/2013 - 13:20 - ROSEVILLE - MN - Minnesota - USA
St. Patrick's Day legend most people haven't heard.

The reason the Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day is because this is when St. Patrick drove the Norwegians out of Ireland. It seems that some centuries ago, many Norwegians came to Ireland to escape the bitterness of the Norwegian winter. Ireland was having a famine at the time, and food was scarce. The Norwegians were eating almost all the fish caught in the area, leaving the Irish with nothing to eat but potatoes.

St. Patrick, taking matters into his own hands, as most Irishmen do, decided the Norwegians had to go. Secretly, he organized the Irish IRATRION (Irish Republican Army to Rid Ireland of Norwegians). Irish members of IRATRION passed a law in Ireland that prohibited merchants from selling ice boxes or ice to the Norwegians, in hopes that their fish would spoil. This would force the Norwegians to flee to a colder climate where their fish would keep.

Well, the fish spoiled, all right, but the Norwegians, as everyone knows today, thrive on spoiled fish. So, faced with failure, the desperate Irishmen sneaked into the Norwegian fish storage caves in the dead of night and sprinkled the rotten fish with lye, hoping to poison the Norwegian invaders.

But, as everyone knows, the Norwegians thought this only added to the flavor of the fish, and they liked it so much they decided to call it "lutefisk", which is Norwegian for "luscious fish". Matters became even worse for the Irishmen when the Norwegians started taking over the Irish potato crop and making something called "lefse."

Poor St. Patrick was at his wit's end, and finally on March 17th , he blew his top and told all the Norwegians to "GO TO HELL." So they all got in their boats and emigrated to Minnesota...The only other paradise on earth where smelly fish, old potatoes and plenty of cold weather can be found in abundance.

And now you know the rest of the story. :-O
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# 8 - 3 Celts & Company - 03/07/2013 - 16:46 - Center City - MN - USA
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