Clan Morrison Chief: Alasdair Morrison
At the 2021 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, COSCA Coast to Coast reporter Rhonda Wardlow interviewed Clan Morrison Chief Alasdair Morrison. At seventeen years old, he is the youngest clan chief.
COSCA’s 2021 Annual General Meeting to Be Held via Zoom on Saturday, 13 November 2021
Due to public health concerns related to the continuing spread of the highly contagious Delta Variant of COVID-19, this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will again be held remotely, via Zoom. The date and time of the AGM will be Saturday, 13 November, starting at 4:00PM Eastern Time. The meeting will last no more than 90 minutes. COSCA Secretary Charlie Sherwood will again host the call. All COSCA members in good standing will received a Zoom invitation link, by email, from Charlie as we get closer to the event. Be on the lookout for it. (If your dues for 2021 are not yet paid up, now is the time to do so, in order to attend and participate in the upcoming AGM.)
COSCA is again working in partnership with five other Scottish heritage organizations here in the USA and in Canada (American-Scottish Foundation out of NYC, the St. Andrew’s societies of Detroit and Illinois (Detroit Scots” and “Chicago Scots’, respectively), Clans & Scottish Societies of Canada (CASSOC), and the Scottish Studies Foundation at the University of Guelph, Ontario) to plan this year’s 28th annual Scottish North American Community Conference (SNACC). Like last year’s conference, the 2021 conference will be a virtual event. We expect a good attendance; last year’s was close to 200 persons from the States, Canada, Scotland, and even Australia. The dates will be December 10 – 12 (a Friday – Saturday), and the theme “Expressions of Scottishness: Exploring the Full Dimensions of Scotland’s Engagement with North America, 2021.” The five co-sponsoring organizations are now actively engaged in planning the sessions and lining up the speakers for this three-day event. For more details, visit the website at http://www.scottishleadershipconference.com.
Robert The Bruce film is now available online:
Screen Media has released the film on most digital platforms. This year coincides with the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, when The Bruce declared Scotland a free land, and the 25th anniversary of the release of the film Braveheart from which Robert The Bruce picks up the historical timeline. Angus Macfadyen once again portrays Robert the Bruce. See more here.
700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath
This year, 2020, will be a big year for us in the Scottish-American Community, as we join our cousins in Scotland to celebrate the 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath — the Scottish declaration of independence from the English king, signed and sealed by King Robert and the Scottish barons in 1320. FYI, this is the lead article in the January/February 2020 edition of The Highlander magazine, which I recommend to
you. Celebratory events are scheduled all year in Scotland, but a procession and a formal (in modern English) reading of the Declaration will take place in the town of Arbroath on April 5th. Learn more here.