Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Harris, Clan of Campbell and Fletcher nee LeDuc, Clan of MacGregor

Our trip to Scotland is very near. Ed and I are very excited about this trip--all the haggis, trout, and cool mountain hiking, but we were especially excited when we learned that local visitors can actually enter themselves into the various Highland Games and toss a 40 kg hammer around, just for the thrill of it! We will be attending the games in Forres.

Of course, tradition dictates that we must wear local attire, kilt and all. So I started doing some research on our family names. I found a neat site called, where you can research your family names and look up and order clan related merchandise.

Ed's family can be traced back by the sept of Fletchers to the clan MacGregor, a fine Scottish clan much known around the world. My own family, Harris, is a sept of the clan Campbell. What is a sept, you ask? Well, find out more on the clan description page at

The tartan for MacGregor is what I would call a "Christmas" tartan in the U.S., so that is what Ed will be wearing. I will be wearing the traditional "Catholic school girl" tartan of blue and green, for this is the tartan of Campbell. It shall be the Campbells versus the MacGregors. May the best man win!

If and when we actually enter these games, I will be sure to give Becky the camera. It should prove most amusing.

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