AGM for 2021

will be Sep. 11 at the Middle Tennessee Highland Games in Nashville, Tn.

Everyone Come!

Clan Henderson Masks mark 2020 Christmas

Bruce & Jo Bossart Family 2020

$1000 Charitable Match Opportunity

Clan Henderson Society Scholarship Fund

Dear Society Member

One of our members has made a very generous offer to match member contributions to the Scholarship Fund. If members will contribute $1000, he will match that sum with a $1000 of his own. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated – It is Tax Deductible.

There are two ways to give:

Credit Card: Send an email to Mark Henderson (VP Members) at hendo28@comcast.net . In your email indicate that you want to contribute to the Scholarship Match Program, and indicate how much you want to give. He will send you an invoice that includes a link to use your credit card. It will deposit the money directly into the CHS account. It is safe and secure, and you’ll get an immediate receipt for your records.

Check: Make you check out to Clan Henderson Society. In the memo section indicate CHS Scholarship. Mail to:

Carol Martin

Clan Henderson Society Treasurer

96 Cross Rd.

Clarksburg, MA 01247


Thank you for your continued support to our Society. Your contribution will greatly assist our youth via our academic scholarships, and our scholarships to promote Scottish and Celtic heritage through the arts.



Leon Hicks


Clan Henderson Society


Letter from Leon Hicks

Dear Society Members and Associates

Below is a link to videos about the Fordell Castle (composed by Suzanne Emerson) and stories told by Allen Henderson, RC of the UK, about the Henderson Stone at Glencoe. This link resides on our website.(Look in the header) Please visit this website often to stay informed.

During a recent survey of members, the question was asked “why is the CHS so North Carolina centric?” I confess the question came as a bit of a surprise, but it occurs to me that there is a lot about the history of the Society that is unknown. We are working on a complete history that we hope to be available soon, but the short answer is as follows.

In September 1986, David S. Henderson, an attorney from New Bern, NC, contacted Dr. John William Phillip Henderson of Queensland Australia, who was recognized as the Chief of the Name and Arms of Henderson, to officially form the Clan Henderson Society. The permission was granted. The first official gathering occurred in 1988 at the Highland Games and Festival at Grandfather Mountain, NC. David S. Henderson, being an attorney in North Carolina, filed the necessary paperwork to establish a 501C3 not-for-profit corporation through the State of North Carolina. We are officially Clan Henderson Society, Inc. The official offices were established at his office in New Bern for all official correspondence from the State and/or IRS. More recently, the office for official communications has been moved to Southport, NC due to the fact that David S Henderson has retired from Society Operations, and the President of the Society (yours truly) lives in Southport.

Quite by accident, as it turns out, there are more Scottish surnames in North Carolina than any other state due to the early migration patterns of Highland Scots to the Cape Fear Region, and Scot Irish from Northern Ireland to the piedmont and mountain regions of the state. Many of these earliest migrants were Hendersons.

I hope you enjoy the videos, and that the above explains why our society is officially based in North Carolina.



Enjoy some Scottish Films

  Click on the link below


A reminder that the National Archives at Kew are continuing to offer free downloads of their digital records on their website:


A Note from our past Genealogist and DNA Administrator

James Henderson1 month ago:

Stumbling onto the Clan Henderson YouTube Channel and the updated online website was like a visitation from the Ghost of Christmas Future. Back in 2009 I was the Clan Henderson Genealogist and Clan DNA Administrator. My name is James E. Henderson. Looking into the future from my 2009 bedroom, the Christmas ghost showed me the Henderson Society of the year 2021. To my amazement the Henderson Society had grown not only in numbers but in quality. Someone of high merit had assumed leadership of the clan, someone who understands the importance of online marketing and dynamic vision. The Clan's website graphics improved to a professional level. The content became interesting and challenging. To my relief, the Henderson Society, did not collapse under its own weight as I had feared it would. Instead the CLAN seems healthy and thriving. Are the various regions of the society just as healthy. That's my wish for all in those regions who claim the name.

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

Settlers to North Carolina

Read About the New Cape Fear/Wilmington, North Carolina Memorial

Click the Red Button Below

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!

Debbie Doty, Inducted into Order of the Chief

Time to secure your tickets for 2021!

As a valued member of our Tattoo mailing list, we’re excited to tell you that you’re the first to hear that we’ll be going on general sale for 2021 on Monday! From 10am (BST) on 19th October 2020 you can get your Tattoo tickets by selecting the button below.

We were disappointed to cancel our 70th anniversary show this year; however, we’ve now begun our journey back to the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade and cannot wait to welcome you.

With your safety in mind we are opening a limited capacity arena for 2021 and anticipate ticket demand will be high, so please make sure to secure your 2021 tickets as soon as you can!

The 2021 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will run from the 6 – 28 August 2021. 

Book your 2021 Tattoo tickets here!

Changes for 2021

For the safety of our guests, we are implementing social distancing measures for 2021. To do this, we are opening a reduced capacity arena. You can select up to 8 tickets in one transaction, however we have limited 4 seats together within the arena. Our online seating plan is available to help your party find seats close together.

The quickest way to purchase tickets is online, however, if you wish to purchase more than 8 tickets or require mobility support, please contact our Box Office team our +44 (0) 131 225 1188.

Our phone lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10:00am – 4:30pm (BST) and Wednesday 11:00am – 4:30pm (BST).

If you would like to learn more about the safety measures we are implementing for 2021, please follow this link for FAQ's . Please note, this will be subject to change based on guidelines at the time of the event and we recommend that our audience check this closer to attending. 

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