Grandfather Mountain Highland Gathering
Our 56th Annual General Meeting of the MacDuffee Clan Society was held July 14th, 2018 at the Chief’s Tent on Grandfather Mountain. The financial report was provided by David McDuffie, VP and Treasurer. Our Clan Society amended and restated our Bylaws, established articles of incorporation in the state of Indiana and established a new Board of Directors. Our Society was incorporated effective March 30, 2018 by the Indiana Secretary of State. All relevant documents were then presented at the annual meeting and approved as required. Our first Bylaws were approved December 11, 1968 and have served us well. Mrs. Norma K. Lockwood was nominated by her granddaughter, Virginia Zeigler, as the Chair of the Board of Directors. Mrs. Lockwood is the daughter and Virginia is the Great Granddaughter of our first Vice President and General Counsel, Frederick H. Kent, Esq. who was elected in 1968. Norma was elected unanimously.
For the third year in a row MacDuffee women have earned a medal in the Highland Women’s Wrestling on Grandfather Mountain. Kayla Ingram, whose mother is our Clan Society Technical Officer Staci Ingram, is an 8th grader living in Alexander County, North Carolina. Kayla loves to draw, read, and celebrate her Celtic ancestry which is fairly obvious with her amazing red hair. Kayla has been competing in the children’s highland wrestling event at Grandfather Mountain for the last 6 years. This past year was her second time to medal in competition at Grandfather Mountain. She also participates in other Highland Games events in her area. As a result of her winning 1st place at the Loch Norman Highland Games in Huntersville NC, she was honored to have her picture taken with the Lord Lyon of Scotland.
Scotland County Highland Games
This year we had the honor to attend the Scotland County Highland Games in Laurinburg, NC for the first time. This area was settled by Scots in the mid-1700’s, including many McDuffies whose descendants are represented in our Society today. An interesting side note, is that a portion of Fort Bragg was once McDuffie land.
It is time to plan your Scottish family travels for 2019.
It was announced that our 57th Annual meeting will be held on Grandfather Mountain, Saturday July 13, 2019 at 3PM.
We will return to the New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival which will be held September 20 through 22, 2019 in Lincoln, NH.
Click here for this year's brochure.
We also plan to attend the Scotland County Games in NC and the Indianapolis Highland Games during 2019.
Other game sites are under consideration by the board based on our budget availability and logistics.
Contact hotels early as the Games in these smaller communities fill up quickly.
Cheers to another year from our president (right) and vice-president/treasurer (left)
David McDuffie and Tom McDuffee!