Scottish Society of Wilmington

Scottish Society of Wilmington The SSOW promotes Scottish culture, history and heritage throughout the coastal Cape Fear region of southeastern North Carolina. Visit our website at www.wilmingtonscots.org.
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The SSOW promotes Scottish cultural heritage and endeavors in, near, and around the coastal Cape Fear area.

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Fundraiser event for the Crystal Coast Highland Games
04/18/2021

Fundraiser event for the Crystal Coast Highland Games

Fundraiser event for the Crystal Coast Highland Games

04/16/2021
The Scottish Society of Wilmington invites everyone to  a fundraiser held by the Crystal Coast Highland Games. The event...
04/12/2021

The Scottish Society of Wilmington invites everyone to a fundraiser held by the Crystal Coast Highland Games. The event will be held Saturday April 17th from 12-4 at Fishtowne Brewery 133 B Turner St Beaufort NC. There will be raffles, bag piping demonstrations and a weapons display. Come out for a good time and help support the Games. Wear your Tartan!!

The Scottish Society of Wilmington invites everyone to a fundraiser held by the Crystal Coast Highland Games. The event will be held Saturday April 17th from 12-4 at Fishtowne Brewery 133 B Turner St Beaufort NC. There will be raffles, bag piping demonstrations and a weapons display. Come out for a good time and help support the Games. Wear your Tartan!!

04/09/2021
National Tartan Day members of Scottish Society of Wilmington gathered to celebrate.
04/08/2021

National Tartan Day members of Scottish Society of Wilmington gathered to celebrate.

National Tartan Day members of Scottish Society of Wilmington gathered to celebrate.

Happy National Tartan Day
04/06/2021

Happy National Tartan Day

Happy National Tartan Day

04/04/2021
Happy Easter to all
04/04/2021

Happy Easter to all

Happy Easter to all

The Scottish Society Of Wilmington encourages you to celebrate National Tartan Day (2021) on Tuesday, April 6. The SSOW ...
04/03/2021

The Scottish Society Of Wilmington encourages you to celebrate National Tartan Day (2021) on Tuesday, April 6. The SSOW will have an informal gathering at the Wrightsville Beach Brewery, beginning at 5:00 pm. Wear your kilt, tartan, or just a bit o' plaid to recognize this important day. The brewery is located at 6201 Oleander Drive in Wilmington and serves craft beer & food. Brewery info: https://www.wbbeer.com/?fbclid=IwAR2Sw_SkKB55LC-TrCUQ6C43hRneisGARZVsZmHV5RxFdy1LyxQ82JKqyI4

SSOW members Mark Tobyne and Ted McIntire (of StoryFine Video) at Moores Creek National Battlefield. Ted (assisted by Ma...
03/02/2021

SSOW members Mark Tobyne and Ted McIntire (of StoryFine Video) at Moores Creek National Battlefield. Ted (assisted by Mark) provided valuable video services to the National Park Service for the virtual 245th Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge.

SSOW members Mark Tobyne and Ted McIntire (of StoryFine Video) at Moores Creek National Battlefield. Ted (assisted by Mark) provided valuable video services to the National Park Service for the virtual 245th Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge.

03/02/2021
02/20/2021

The 245th Anniversary of The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge will be a series of free, virtual events on February 27 & 28, produced by the National Parks Service. The SSOW urges you to attend and learn more about this historic turning point of the Revolutionary War and its participants, both Loyalist and Patriot. Visit the NPS website for a schedule at https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?id=AB926192-9C7D-0697-04CC2B078A838238

You can also learn more at the SSOW website: http://www.wilmingtonscots.org/

As you have heard, Moores Creek National Battlefield's 245th Anniversary Commemoration, scheduled Feb. 27 and Feb. 28, will be completely virtual this year. This event would not be possible without our park volunteers, as well as park partners such as Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, Historic Halifax, Camp Flintlock, Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Ninety Six National Historic Site, Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, and the Scottish Society of Wilmington. Thank you to all!

For those of you curious about our virtual content, you will be able to find it in three locations, this page, our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRyckhSy0fgvxwBGH74AA1w, and our website (www.nps.gov/mocr). Full audio descriptions of our videos will also be located on our website.

Sat. Feb. 27
10:00 am - Virtual Wreath Laying Ceremony with DAR, SAR, CAR chapters, as well as the Scottish Society of Wilmington.
11:00 am - "Prelude to Moores Creek" - Dr. Chris Fonveille, Professor Emeritus, UNCW
11:30 am - Virtual Historic Weapons Demonstration - Musket Demonstration
12:00 pm - Virtual Battle Commemoration Program (this was taken from the 2017 Park Anniversary Program)
12:30 pm - "The Highland Scots in North Carolina," presented by Dr. Kimberly Sherman, Cape Fear Community College
1:00 pm - Virtual Historic Weapons Demonstration - Artillery Demonstration
1:30 pm - "The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge," - Ranger Bert Dunkerly, Richmond National Battlefield
2:00 pm - 18th Century Dentistry - John Moseley, Fort Fisher State Historic Site
2:30 pm - "Tour of the Moores Creek Battlefield" - Park Guide Jason Howell
3:30 pm - "John Burgwin and the American Revolution" - Christine Lamberton, Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens
4:00 pm - Virtual Swearing in Ceremony for Junior Rangers - Did you complete the park's Virtual Junior Ranger booklet during the park's anniversary program today? Join Ranger Adam in a swearing-in ceremony to earn your Junior Ranger badge!

Sun. Feb. 28
10:00 am - Coffee with a Ranger - Park Guide Jason Howell discusses Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series, specifically the section about the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge.
10:30 am - 18th Century Navies - Nick Monroe, Brunswicktown/Fort Anderson State Historic Site
11:00 am - Colonial Music - Performances by the Carolina Thunder Mugs, Ken Bloom, and Bill Perks on the Bagpipes
11:30 am - The Role of Brunswicktown in the Moores Creek Campaign - Jim McKee, Site Manager, Brunswicktown/Fort Anderson State Historic Site
12:00 pm - Colonial Cooking in Kayla's Kitchen - Volunteer Kayla Collins takes an 18th century recipe and modifies it to be cooked in a modern kitchen.
12:30 pm - "Taken at the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge" - Site Interpreters Frank McMahon and Kristal Murphy, Halifax State Historic Site
1:00 pm - Camp Flintlock demonstrates the playing of fife and drum music, as well as how to start a fire with flint and steel.
2:00 pm - "Militiamen v. Minutemen" - Park Guide Jason Howell discusses the differences between minutemen and militiamen in the Moores Creek campaign.
2:30 pm - "What Happened after Moores Creek" - Ranger Gary Alexander, Park Ranger - Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie National Historical Park
3:00 pm - "What was the Halifax Resolves?" - Kristal Murphy, Interpreter, Historic Halifax State Historic Site
3:30 pm - "The Next Southern Campaign," - Cowpens National Battlefield, King's Mountain National Military Park, Ninety Six National Historic Site, and the Overmountain Victory Trail - Rangers Ginny Fowler and William Caldwell

02/20/2021

Reiver clans of Scotland's Middle March:

Border reivers were raiders along the Anglo-Scottish border from the late 13th century to the beginning of the 17th century. Their heyday was during the time of the House of Stuart in the Kingdom of Scotland and the House of Tudor in the Kingdom of England. It was a time when people owed their clan loyalty to their blood relatives or families. And it was common for these families to straddle the Border.

The Reiver came from every social class, from labourer to peer of the realm. He was a skilled horseman and fine guerrilla soldier, practiced in the fine arts of arson, kidnapping and extortion. There was no social stigma attached to reiving, it was simply an accepted way of life.

It is said that the wife of one famous Border Reiver demonstrated that her larder was empty by serving her husband his spurs on a plate, instead of his dinner. The message was clear - either mount up and go reiving, or go hungry.

Reiving was simply a way of earning a living. Scottish Reivers were just as likely to raid other Scots as to raid across the English Border. Scots and English would even join forces to raid on either side of the Border. Raids were planned like military operations and could involve gangs of armed men and last for days. More modest raids might involve no more than a short moonlit ride, a quick plunder from a small farm followed by a dash home for breakfast.

Reiver clans of Scotland's Middle March:

Border reivers were raiders along the Anglo-Scottish border from the late 13th century to the beginning of the 17th century. Their heyday was during the time of the House of Stuart in the Kingdom of Scotland and the House of Tudor in the Kingdom of England. It was a time when people owed their clan loyalty to their blood relatives or families. And it was common for these families to straddle the Border.

The Reiver came from every social class, from labourer to peer of the realm. He was a skilled horseman and fine guerrilla soldier, practiced in the fine arts of arson, kidnapping and extortion. There was no social stigma attached to reiving, it was simply an accepted way of life.

It is said that the wife of one famous Border Reiver demonstrated that her larder was empty by serving her husband his spurs on a plate, instead of his dinner. The message was clear - either mount up and go reiving, or go hungry.

Reiving was simply a way of earning a living. Scottish Reivers were just as likely to raid other Scots as to raid across the English Border. Scots and English would even join forces to raid on either side of the Border. Raids were planned like military operations and could involve gangs of armed men and last for days. More modest raids might involve no more than a short moonlit ride, a quick plunder from a small farm followed by a dash home for breakfast.

02/18/2021

GMHG Mourns the Passing of Donald Macdonald

Donald Frank Macdonald, co-founder of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, passed away February 18, 2021. Donald was 94 years old.
Combining efforts with Agnes MacRae Morton, Donald began work in earnest in 1955 with planning for the first Grandfather Mountain Highland Games on August 19, 1956. The event was successful beyond their wildest dreams, and by 1958 they had moved to a two day Games held the second full weekend in July each year. Donald served as the first President of the Games until he moved to Scotland in 1961.
Donald never lost touch with the Games, and remained an active participant until 2015 when health considerations would no longer permit regular attendance.
Donald Macdonald was a man of many talents, and held a number of distinctive awards, including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award available in North Carolina. Of all his accomplishments, his work in co-founding the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games was the thing of which he was most proud, and the event he spoke about most often.
Go in Peace Donald. We will not see the like of you again.

02/14/2021

Happy Valentine's Day from Scottish Society of Wilmington

Happy Valentine's Day from Scottish Society of Wilmington

01/30/2021

The Virtual Robert Burns Supper hosted by the SSOW starts tonite at 5:30 pm. Members & guests, check your email for log in. Bring on the Haggis!

01/26/2021

And a wee dram of whisky with that, if ya don't mind.

And a wee dram of whisky with that, if ya don't mind.

01/25/2021

Wishing everyone a Happy Robert Burns Day

Wishing everyone a Happy Robert Burns Day

01/20/2021

Celebrating Robert Burns in Song: Tune in to WHQR on Monday, January 25, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 pm for Smooth Landings with host George Scheibner and guest host Nel Moore Nichols (SSOW President). Nel & George will be playing the 'greatest hits' of ROBERT BURNS (from a variety of artists) to celebrate the bard's birthday! Listen at 91.3fm or online at www.whqr.org. Raise your glass with us!

Remembering the 2018 Burns Celebration at Landfall CC with the Port City Pipes & Drums!
01/05/2021

Remembering the 2018 Burns Celebration at Landfall CC with the Port City Pipes & Drums!

Remembering our 2018 Robert Burns Celebration at Landfall CC in Wilmington NC. Thank you, Port City Pipes & Drums!

12/31/2020
12/31/2020
12/17/2020
National Park Service installing new signage along major routes into Moores Creek National Battlefield in Currie NC duri...
12/16/2020

National Park Service installing new signage along major routes into Moores Creek National Battlefield in Currie NC during December 2020. For specific directions to the park, visit the website at https://www.nps.gov/mocr/planyourvisit/directions.htm

Looking to make a trip to #MooresCreekNationalBattlefield? Park Superintendent Matthew Woods and Park Ranger Jason Howell were out yesterday, placing some new direction signs along the many routes into the park!

#FindYourPark

The story behind St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland (more info behind the link).
11/30/2020

The story behind St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland (more info behind the link).

Happy St Andrew's Day!

The bones of Scotland's patron saint are said to have been brought to these shores from the city of Patras in modern-day Greece by St Rule, possibly accompanied by St Triduana.

St Rule had no set destination, knowing only that he should take the relics as far away as possible for safekeeping.

Wherever he ended up, he would establish a great church dedicated to St Andrew.

It’s said that a storm caused him to become shipwrecked on the shores of Fife, near a small Pictish settlement.

That settlement is now known as St Andrews, home to the remains of Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church: http://ow.ly/UJXl50CwupE

The Scottish Society of Wilmington wishes everyone a happy Saint Andrew's Day
11/30/2020

The Scottish Society of Wilmington wishes everyone a happy Saint Andrew's Day

11/25/2020
11/24/2020
Moores Creek National Battlefield

Candlelight Tour at MCNB...

Grab a cup of hot chocolate, cider, or your favorite hot beverage, and join Moores Creek National Battlefield, on a journey back to 1776. Living historians will share the stories of the men and women who played a pivotal part in the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge.

Learn more about the Cape Fear Scottish Immigration Memorial Fund here...https://capefearscotsmemorial.org/
11/15/2020
Cape Fear Scottish Immigration Memorial Fund

Learn more about the Cape Fear Scottish Immigration Memorial Fund here...

https://capefearscotsmemorial.org/

Help us tell the story Get Involved Who we are We are a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to developing and promoting Scottish heritage throughout North Carolina. Our Mission Recognizing and celebrating the culture and heritage of the Scots and other Celtic cultures that settled....

The SSOW sends our condolences to the family of Gil Burnett, long-time member of the Scottish Society Of Wilmington, a f...
11/14/2020
NC Now | Judge Gilbert Burnett

The SSOW sends our condolences to the family of Gil Burnett, long-time member of the Scottish Society Of Wilmington, a former District Court judge, and a World War II veteran. Gil was a familiar face at our events going back many years and proud of his Scottish heritage. We are saddened by his passing and we will miss him.

Here is a video of Gil produced by PBS affiliate UNC-TV for their NC Now series: https://video.unctv.org/video/nc-now-judge-gilbert-burnett/

Civil Rights protests inspired a NC judge to develop the Community Service Works Program.

Sir Thomas Sean Connery, Scottish actor. 1930-2020
11/02/2020

Sir Thomas Sean Connery, Scottish actor. 1930-2020

10/31/2020
Located at 311 Atlantic Beach Causeway Ste. B, Atlantic Beach NC. This is not a Scottish Society of Wilmington sponsored...
10/21/2020

Located at 311 Atlantic Beach Causeway Ste. B, Atlantic Beach NC. This is not a Scottish Society of Wilmington sponsored event.

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Where do you get your haggis?
I am new to the group and my son (7 years) wants to learn to play the bagpipes. I have no idea where to begin with this. Are there any pipers or local groups that you could point me to?
There will be a fundraiser event at Waterline Brewing on Febuary 15th. There is a suggested donation of five dollars per person to help with the cost of the Saint Patrick's Parade in Wilmington. This will be a great opportunity for the Members of the Scottish Society of Wilmington to attend and talk up the Society. Make sure to wear your Kilt or Tartan!
Scots everywhere should be concerned about this problem.
Merry Christmas
Any McDonalds here?
Here is a Great deal if you are a MacDonald,
One of many reasons there are so many Scots here.
June 28...
Another good one is gone..