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In this Issue:

  It Happened This Month   Curling Event
  Meet the Members   Favorite Songs
  Buchanan Chief   Snippets from Scotland

James McBain of McBain, 22nd Hereditary Chief of Clan McBean

Chief McBain   A memorial service was held on May 7, 2022 in Tucson for James McBain, 22nd Hereditary Chief of Clan McBean.

The Honor Guard was provided by Post 81 of the Scottish American Military Society, and with an escort by the Sons of the American Revolution.

Drum Major Kevin Conquest, the Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band and the Tucson District Pipe Band provided Scottish music. Vocalist Sarah Noble sang accompanied by James McCoy.

It Happened This Month - May 1725

In May 1725, one of the most famous fighting units in Scottish history, the Black Watch regiment, was formed to police the Scottish Highlands following the first Jacobite Rebellion 10 years earlier. The regiment went on to distinguish itself in theaters of war around the world and still clings to its identity as part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The following information about its formation is contained on the regimental website.

“The Black Watch was raised in a unique way. In the wake of the 1715 Jacobite rebellion companies of trustworthy Highlanders were raised from loyal clans, Campbells, Grants, Frasers, Munros.

Black Watch at Ticonderoga


Six companies were formed from 1725 and stationed in small detachments across the Highlands to prevent fighting between the clans, deter raiding and assist in enforcing the laws against the carrying of weapons.

In 1739 King George II authorized the raising of four additional companies and these all to be formed into a Regiment of the Line of the regular army with the Earl of Crawford as the Colonel. The men were to be “natives of that country and none other to be taken”.

The first muster of the new Regiment took place near Aberfeldy the following year and is commemorated by a monument in the form of a soldier dressed in the uniform of those days. In 1825, Stewart of Garth wrote that “Although the commissions of the officers were dated in October, and the following months of 1739, the men were not assembled until the month of May 1740. The whole were then mustered, and embodied into a regiment in a field between Taybridge and Aberfeldy, in the county of Perth…”

The original uniform was a twelve-yard-long plaid of the dark tartan which is now so well known as The Black Watch tartan. This was fastened around the body with a leather belt. The jacket and waistcoat were scarlet with buff facings and white lace and a blue bonnet was worn. The men were armed with a musket and bayonet, a broadsword and generally also a pistol and dirk (long dagger).

In 1825, Stewart of Garth wrote that “The uniform was a scarlet jacket and waistcoat, with buff facings and white lace, tartan plaid of twelve yards plaited round the middle of the body, the upper part being fixed on the left shoulder, ready to be thrown loose and wrapped over both shoulders and firelock in rainy weather. At night, the plaid served the purpose of a blanket, and was a sufficient covering for the Highlander."

Black Watch tartan
The title “The Black Watch” was derived from the dark colour of the tartan and the original role of the Regiment to “watch” the Highlands.

The name has remained and is now incorporated in the official name of the Regiment.




Meet The Members

Lee Cooley

Lee Cooley My name is Lee Cooley (that’s me on the right with Kilt Rental USA Store Manager Coy Galloway) and I’m a clan-splitter!

Depending on your source, Cooleys have been septs of Clan MacAulay and Clan MacDougall but my paternal grandmother was a Campbell and maternal grandmother a McWhorter.

Legend has it the “Mac Chruiters” were septs of the Buchanan clan.

Which leads to my dilemma:
How do I represent two clans in the same tartan?

Fortunately, my pal Pipe Major Len Wood is also a fine kiltmaker and has handcrafted his own two-sided kilt. So now I’m thinking, Campbell in the front and Buchanan in back – like a mullet haircut! That way I can honor both clans, but I’m still debating which one gets the kick-pleat.

You might ask, “What does your family tree say about your Scottish roots?” A good question that Lundy Ink has recently helped me uncover. My great grandfather Campbell was raised by his maternal grandparents, the Hanings. But the Campbells and Hanings/Hannings fought on opposite sides of Culloden Moor. Imagine those Sunday dinners!

My 4th great grandfather married a McKinstry, a likely descendant of Reverend Roger McKinstry (b. 1652 in Edinburgh) and here’s something CSA member Ian Warrander will get a kick out of; we may be related! My 8th great grandfather was one William Warriner, a common name variant.

One thing I can say about the Caledonian Society of Arizona and Irish Network Arizona as well, there’s not a finer bunch of kindred spirits to associate with – including my newfound cousin William Cooley.

Now if only I could connect the Cooley family dots from Tring, England back to its Mac Giolla Chúille origins. Oh, and did I mention my White Mountain Apache cousins? Ask me to tell you that story when next we meet.

New Chief for Clan Buchanan

The first chieftain of the Clan Buchanan to be invested in more than 340 years will be sworn in at a traditional ceremony in October.

The new chief is John Michael Baillie-Hamilton Buchanan of Arnprior.

The ceremony will be hosted on the clan seat at Callander, Stirlingshire, on 10 October.

A clan spokesman said, “Clan Buchanan has members worldwide and having a chief for the first time in over 300 years will be an exciting time and a great opportunity to promote our great clan to even greater heights."

Learn more at the Buchanan web site

Curling Event April 2022

The Caledonian Society curling day out at the Coyotes Curling Club in Tempe was an incredible success, and hopefully will become an annual event.

A total of 21 of those in attendance took to the ice in a bid to master a game that is way more difficult than it appears – just ask those who took a tumble a few tumbles. If truth be told, everyone took a tumble at one point, but it was all part of the fun.

A big thank you is due to Darryl Horsman for making us so welcome and patiently instructing the participants in the ins and outs of the game. Darryl has also joined the Caledonian Society so let’s hope he joins in more of our events.

A special thanks too, to Brian Dvoret of ImpEx Beverages for bringing along some samples of first-class whisky for us all to try.

All in all, almost 50 people were there, either as participants or spectators. Definitely an event we want to repeat.

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Favorite Songs

Gordon Stevenson was born and bred in Ayrshire – Robert Burns country – so it’s no surprise he chose one of the Bard’s greatest works. Here he explains his choice.

To a Louse is an appropriate poem for these times of social unrest, violence and hatred that we are sadly witnessing throughout the world. The poem describes a bold little louse crawling over a finely dressed woman in church.

As the louse continues to advance towards its final destination, the lady’s very fine bonnet, Burns offers us a critique of social injustice as well as a plea to avoid pride and vanity in favor of introspection and self-awareness, reminding us of our human duty to understand and respect the importance of all life, however I significant or different it might seem.

‘O wad some Power giftie gie us tae see ooorselves as others see us’.

HA! whare ye gaun, ye crowlan ferlie!
Your impudence protects you sairly:
I canna say but ye strunt rarely,
Owre gawze and lace;
Tho’ faith, I fear ye dine but sparely,
On sic a place.

Ye ugly, creepan, blastet wonner,
Detested, shunn’d, by saunt an’ sinner,
How daur ye set your fit upon her,
Sae fine a Lady!
Gae somewhere else and seek your dinner,
On some poor body.

Swith, in some beggar’s haffet squattle;
There ye may creep, and sprawl, and sprattle,
Wi’ ither kindred, jumping cattle,
In shoals and nations;
Whare horn nor bane ne’er daur unsettle,
Your thick plantations.

Now haud you there, ye’re out o’ sight,
Below the fatt’rels, snug and tight,
Na faith ye yet! ye’ll no be right,
Till ye’ve got on it,
The vera topmost, towrin height
O’ Miss’s bonnet.

My sooth! right bauld ye set your nose out,
As plump an’ gray as onie grozet:
O for some rank, mercurial rozet,
Or fell, red smeddum,
I’d gie you sic a hearty dose o’t,
Wad dress your droddum!

I wad na been surpriz’d to spy
You on an auld wife’s flainen toy;
Or aiblins some bit duddie boy,
On ’s wylecoat;
But Miss’s fine Lunardi, fye!
How daur ye do ’t?

O Jenny dinna toss your head,
An’ set your beauties a’ abread!
Ye little ken what cursed speed
The blastie’s makin!
Thae winks and finger-ends, I dread,
Are notice takin!

O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
An’ foolish notion:
What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us,
And ev’n Devotion!

Snippets from Scotland

Snippet from The Scotsman

An imposing tower house dating from the early 1800s and boasting commanding views over the River Tay and parts of rural Perthshire has gone on sale with an asking price of over £80,000 – quite a snip.

Snippet from The BBC

A trove of rare medieval Scottish manuscripts have been stored I digital form and preserved for the nation by the National Library of Scotland. The work was made possible by a donation from a TV executive.

Snippet from The Press and Jouornal

Modern technology is allowing people to view the ancient heritage of the Orkney Islands to the north of the Scottish mainland. A special app features drone footage of many sites including the Neolithic village of Skara Brae.

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