On 15-17 August, the ECSA was represented at the 5th annual Scots in the Bush weekend at the historic Boondooma homestead, about 350 km north-west of Brisbane. Boondooma was first settled as a cattle station in about 1846 by two Scottish families - the Lawsons and the Alexanders. The weekend consisted of live performers (bush bands, a pipe band, highland dancers, Celtic bands), highland games (tossing the caber - not full size, throwing the haggis - not real haggis), plus Scottish merchandise tents and others, a Kirking of the Tartan ceremony, piping in the haggis and the following address to the haggis, plus various informal events. We had a lot of fun, and we'll be there in the future.
The photos below show one of the performers demonstrating the bagpipes (not everyone there was very familiar with them) and the ECSA banner over the front of our accommodation for the weekend.
On 20 July, the Elliot Clan Society had its first clan stand at an event in Queensland. The Scottish Clans Congress Queensland organised a full day program of Highland dancing, pipe bands and other entertainment. We were one of five clans which had stands at the event, together with about 30 merchandise and food stands - including one that sold haggis on a bun (which sold out very quickly!).
We talked with several society members, some potential members, and a lot of non-Elliots. They were keen to look at their family names and tartans in the reference books and old maps that we had on the stand, and the Elliot bookmarks that we made for the occasion were quite popular.
It was a very enjoyable day, and it raised the profile of our clan society among the several thousand people who attended the event.
The picture below shows the stand. The banner was made by our President.
The 2014 Kirkin' o' the Tartan service in Brisbane was held yesterday at St Paul's Presbyterian Church.
Click here to download the order of service booklet. It has an explanation of the ceremony, which originated in the U.S.A. in the early 1940s as a way to get more support for the war effort in the U.K. from Americans Scots. It is now conducted in many countries around the world, but not in Scotland, as far as I know.
The photo below shows the procession of the tartans into the church.
The photo below shows our grandson, Elliot, wearing his Elliot tartan sash in front of the church.
There are plenty of websites with information about the Kirkin' o' the Tartan ceremony. Here are two links:
The official Elliot Clan Society website is a virtual gathering place for all Elliots, Elliotts, Eliotts, Eliots and anyone else who is interested in the Clan's history. The society has several international branches and members can be found all over the world.
This is the website of the Australian branch of the Elliot Clan Society.
Book for Sale
The society has copies of the book "Clan", by David P. Elliot for sale for $18. If you would like to order it, please send us an email.
The story draws heavily on the Clan system in Scotland in a very turbulent period in The Borders. It includes both contemporary and historical information which will interest those who enjoy supernatural or historical or thriller genres.
David Elliot is 57, frustrated, out of work and has three failed marriages behind him. In 2007 he goes to the Borders of Scotland hoping that his ancestry will help him find some validation of his life. Accompanied by his daughter, son-in-law and his grandson Thomas, he finds that his bloodline leads his family into terrifying danger. 700 years of history threaten those he holds dearest, as myth and reality of “The Bloodiest Valley in Britain” combine.
The corruption of the rich and powerful meets legend as Good and Evil clash over the ancient Throne of Scotland and power in the modern world. William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Border Reivers, creatures of supernatural horror and past heroes of the Elliot Clan are all involved, as the evil Lord William de Soulis actions his plan to assume power over an unsuspecting world.
All that stands against him is a family fighting desperately to protect a child. Their only weapon is their love of family… the power of their Clan.