Spring Gathering in Branson
Due to the COVID Resurgence, this gathering has been canceled. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Please cancel your reservations.
ONLINE CHICAGO SCOTS FESTIVAL AUG. 1 ON CHICAGO SCOTS FACEBOOK
First, on behalf of Paul Layman, Gus Noble and myself, we hope you and everyone in your Clan are healthy and well. This year as I am sure you are aware Chicago Scots was unable to host the Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Itasca. As an alternative we will be taking the Games online, August 1st at 2pm on the Chicago Scots Facebook page. We could not do this without our Scottish community of which the Clans are a big part. If you are willing, we ask that you record a very short video of you and your family with your Clan’s Tartan on showing your support and Scottish pride. Attached is both a general guide with instructions, rules, suggestions and helpful tips, and a Clan specific guide for helping you create and submit your video. We hope to see you all next year for the Highland Games but until then thank you for your continued support and participation.
Assistant, President’s Office, Special Projects
My Heritage Offer to ‘Colorize’ Your Photographs
My Heritage have recently been publicising a new device which allows you to colorize your black & white family photos automatically. Free signup is required, however, photos uploaded without completing signup are automatically deleted to protect your privacy. For more information, please follow the link to their website: https://www.myheritage.com/incolor/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=403950_newsletter_202002&utm_term=In+Color&utm_content=EN&tr_date=20200217
However, if this doesn’t work, SGS member Lynn Corrigan has suggested a couple of other websites to try which do the same thing: https://demos.algorithmia.com/colorize-photos; and https://colourise.sg
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Researchers Find William Wallace's House
Wilia Wallace, 13th century “freedom fighter” and his 16 fighting men supposedly used this campsite (or fort) named “Wallace House” to attack the British in small skirmishes. The site is in Dumfries and Galloway council area. Forestry & Land Scotland archaeologist, Matt Ritchie, conducted an aerial survey to give us a glimpse of the site. Just think, Wallace and his men occupied this site over 700 years ago!
Some think the fort was the staging ground for plans to capture the Scottish castle of Lochmaben in 1297. The castle held a strong defensive position high enough to have a clear view of the lands south of the castle.
Historian Michael Brown (University of St. Andrews, Scotland) describes Wallace as a “patriotic hero whose only concern was the liberty and protection of his fellow Scots.” Wallace was fed up with England’s treatment of Scotland and he rallied Scotland’s fiercest patriots (Jacobites) to defeat the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. However, that was the last victory for one of Scotland’s most famous patriots as he was ultimately caught, imprisoned, and executed for his “crimes against England.”
Because Wallace’s movements were unknown after Stirling, Ritchie’s team took hundreds of pictures and cobbled them together to form the images into the model above.
It would be fantastic if this fort were actually built by Wallace and his men!