Welcome to Clan MacFarlane Worldwide!
If you're like the rest of us you have no doubt found yourself pondering your heritage. Maybe your interest was nurtured as a child or maybe it was just discovered. Either way, we're glad your interest has led you here and we invite you to become part of our worldwide, yet tight, community. Our goals are to educate, share, and take pride in our heritage.
We are MacFarlanes of all spelling variations, McGaws, Spruells, Robbs, Millers, Websters, Weavers, Blacks and many others. Together we form a organization that's kept by the strongest of bonds... family. We answer to the call Loch Sloy, we carry the arms of our forefathers, we preserve the heritage that is so uniquely yours and ours.
It is with your support that the heritage of Clan MacFarlane will continue to thrive for another 800 years. Please join today.
LIVE EVENT 26 SEPTEMBER 2020
Luss Church Origin and History Live Seminar
Guest Speaker George Kirkpatrick
Saturday 26 September 2020
This webinar explores the story of Luss Parish Church. Located in the heart of our clan lands, from its origin by St Kessog and continuing through the ages, we present its fascinating history and reveal the reasons behind the Church’s close association with the MacFarlanes.
We will be live-streaming the event to members of Clan Colquhoun and Clan MacFarlane Worldwide whose dues are up to date. This be your opportunity to learn more about our shared heritage and to take part in the discussions.
The first 100 people to register and join via Zoom will be able to participate in the live Q&A with George Kirkpatrick and Panelists from Clan Colquhoun and Clan MacFarlane.
Register for the Seminar
When: Sep 26 , 2020 5.00 PM UK, 12 Noon ET, 9.00 AM PT
Speaker: George Kirkpatrick, live from Scotland
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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About the Speaker, Panelist and Host:
PANELIST: Sir Malcolm Colquhoun
Sir Malcolm Colquhoun, 32nd Laird, 9th Baronet of Luss, Chief of Clan Colquhoun is a Scottish farmer and landowner, as well as the owner (with his wife, Katharine) of a thriving schools empire in London. He came into education by accident almost thirty years ago, when Katharine Mears (now Lady Colquhoun) asked him to help out with the administrative side of Broomwood Hall, the school she had just founded. By training as a surveyor, Sir Malcolm’s career until then had been in the fields of property finance and development, as well as a couple of (he admits, inglorious) years in the City. He now divides his time between his interests in Scotland and London.
PANELIST: Patrick Calhoun
Patrick Calhoun is First Vice President at Crews & Associates, an investment-banking firm in the U.S. and is a life-long student of history, political science, and economics. Patrick has served on the board of various historical societies and public policy organizations. He has written articles and essays on economic policy, is a certified instructor of investment fundamentals for bankers, and is the author of two textbooks on investments. Patrick and his wife, Julie, sponsor an annual Leadership Scholarship sending college students to the Youth Leadership School in Washington DC. Patrick is devoted to family history and his personal goal is to promote, protect, and preserve the Colquhoun legacy worldwide.
Patrick is the President of the Clan Colquhoun International Society
SPEAKER: George Kirkpatrick
Born and bred on a farm in Dumfries and Galloway (George father was a farmer). George served 12 years in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy and 30 years as a Police officer. Married to Margaret with 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren, George was a founding member of the Clan Colquhoun Society (UK) in 1998 and served in a number of offices in the Society, culminating in the office of Chairman between 2009 and 2012. His hobbies are Scottish and Clan history, Green Bowls, Gardening and he is a fervent supporter of Rugby Union at local, professional and international levels.
PANELIST: Laurie MacFarland Jackson
Laurie McFarland Jackson was born and raised in McFarland, California, a small farming community founded in 1904 by her great-grandfather, James Boyd McFarland. Before her retirement, Laurie was a school social worker, teacher, and guidance counselor. She is married to Don with 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 2 energetic English Springer puppies. She was a founding member of Clan MacFarlane Worldwide in 2010, and has served in a number of Board positions and on many committees. Laurie is currently President of CMW. Her hobbies are genealogy, travel,and reading. She and Don have a joint hobby of refurbishing vintage travel trailers.
PANELIST: Chevalier Terrance Gach MacFarlane
Born in the US, and raised in Italy. His Macfarlane ancestors received Gartartan from James V in 1531 and spent most of the next 300 years marrying their neighbors from Drymen to Doune (with a few brides coming from further afield such as a daughter of Colquhoun of Camstraddan) before emigrating to Canada. Married with two sons and a first grandchild due next Spring. He served the late King Peter II of Yugoslavia in his exile and became an archaeologist in the UK before engaging in business in the US, retiring from his last corporate board in 2008. An officer of the old Clan MacFarlane Society from 1980 to 1990 (VP of Genealogy), he became a founding member of Clan MacFarlane Worldwide (CMW) in 2010. Being an avid genealogist since college he has run the MacFarlane DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA since 2009 and been a member of CMW’s Genealogy Committee since 2010. His hobbies include visiting his Scottish family and friends each Summer, genealogy, heraldry, mowing an acre of lawn, and walking his pug dogs.
Host: Michael Lloyd-Stern
A Yorkshireman, from Leeds in Northern England, Michael is the Executive Director for Clan Colquhoun. Michael enjoyed a successful career in the Broadcasting and media industry working at Channel 4 and Sky Television. At the invitation of Sir Malcolm Colquhoun in 2012, Michael began the process of establishing the Clan Colquhoun International Society, and put in place the framework to further develop the Society. Michael is proud to be associated with the Clan Colquhoun International Society and is passionate in his involvement in establishing a global presence for it. When not involved with business or Clan Colquhoun, Michael enjoys gardening, DIY, traveling, and playing golf (badly).
And the winners are.....
For our voting members, thank you for participating in the 2020 Board of Directors election. On behalf of the Board of Directors, and our Secretary, Andrea MacFarlane-Grieve, I can officially announce the newly elected Board members who will be serving 2021 through 2023:
Mary Helen Haines
As for the selection for the location of the Annual Members' Meeting (the "AMM") for 2022, our members voted for Stone Mountain Highland Games. Next year's AMM will be held in Livonia, Michigan during the St. Andrew's Society Highland Games, the first weekend of August ("God willing, and if the Creek Don't Rise" and COVID-19 is just a distant memory).
Until next year...
Digital Annual Members' Meeting
It is September 11. Although we were all affected by events from this date 19 years ago, we have continued to move forward. The world is different today than it was in 2001. And here it is 2020, and we are all affected again, but by a different event; COVID-19.
One trait that even the Lord Lyon believes those of us with Scottish heritage have in common, is our ingenuity which leads to our ability to overcome obstacles. So although the CMW trip to Scotland for 2020 was postponed to 2021, which affected our ability to hold our annual meeting in Scotland, we put our heads together and found a way to fulfill our corporate obligations to our members.
With the help of Emilia Mack, Laurie Jackson, Sandy Morgan, Barb Duff, Mary Helen Haines, Andrea MacFarlane-Grieve, Ryan MacFarland, Bill Lennox, and yours truly, we have fulfilled our corporate duties to our members and reported on the status of Clan MacFarlane Worldwide. We continue our steadfast commitment to be open in our reporting to members. To that end, we have just completed our Annual Members' Meeting.
So how did we hold our meeting? Just moments ago, our AMM was completed via our Clan MacFarlane YouTube (tm) channel.
So grab your choice of beverage and plug in. Tune in to the annual reports by finding us posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMhQAiBFsD4&feature=youtu.be
And stay tuned! We are working on our next online project. There is always something more to look forward to with CMW!
TWIGS TO TREES #40, SEPT. 2020
Twigs to Trees
Mary Helen Haines
Hello everyone. It is such a shame we were not able to travel to Scotland this year. I hope the next year proves better and things will start going back to normal. For genealogy purposes, research can only be done on-line right now. We are fortunate that so many records are available on-line, but I really miss our Dallas Public Library genealogy section, where I could always turn for in-depth research. The library has been closed since March.
I have used this time period to explore further my Family Finder connections at FTDNA and Ancestry. Both sites have unique programs you can use to discover your connections, but for the test to be beneficial, you should upload a family tree to both sites and tie it to your test results. Ancestry will show your matches, and if you have an extensive family tree matched to your results, their program will search the other persons’ trees to see if they can find a common ancestor and predict your relationship through “Thru Lines.”