Clan Urquhart Banner Winter 2020 UPDATE

Good Morning from the USA Clan Folk and Good Evening to our Family in the UK!

Just a quick update to let you all know that the Clan Urquhart Banner for Winter 2020 is shaping up quite nicely!

As of 6 am Arizona USA time, the Banner is showing at around 32 pages long. However, we are still finalizing more information and adding more of the submitted content, so it is quite possible the final product will be in excess of 50 pages!

This is turning out to be such a great edition!

We are all very excited to have so many articles from so many of our Clan Folk, and want to thank all who have contributed to the success of our Clan by being the best part of it!

Again, Thank you to all of you for being part of Clan Urquhart.

Slàinte mhath.

ALL MEMBERSHIP DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN E-MAILED

Good Day Clan Folk!

As of Wednesday / early Thursday, all the Membership documents have been sent out.

If you have not received yours, please email us with all your information (Your Name, Your Spouse’s Name, Children’s Name(s), Address, Phone Number, when you joined Clan Urquhart Association, and email address to send your documents) and we will be happy to get your documents to you!

Thank you.

The Clan Urquhart Leadership Team
http://www.clanurquhart.org/

Staying Strong and Courageous: A Thanksgiving Day Message from the Urquhart

Greetings Everyone,,

The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is not unique.  Harvest festivals, like clans, are found all over the world.  Oktoberfest is celebrated wherever Germans have immigrated.   My wife’s relatives in South Korea celebrate Chuseok (추석) during full moon of eight month of the lunar year.  Canada has its own national Thanksgiving Day holiday, which is celebrated in October.

The Canadian and U.S. holidays are rooted in giving thanks to God for a good harvest and other blessings.  The U.S. Thanksgiving Day was introduced as a national holiday by our first president, George Washington.  He proclaimed November 26, 1789, “… a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.

In America., many people are looking forward to the holiday within the restrictions imposed because of Covid-19.  Our son is back from college and we are anticipating our “traditional” dinner, whose menu actually changes each year.  This evening, we will enjoy Popeye’s deep-fried turkey, green beans, cabbage kimchee, Basmati and Himalayan red rice, and baked whole yams stuffed with brown sugar and marshmellows.

On Thanksgiving Day, it’s tradition to share why we’re thankful.  During these uncertain times, this may seem disconnected or naïve.  A recent article in USA Today highlighted how November 2020 bears an eerie similarity to that of 1918 during the global Spanish influenza pandemic.  Then, Americans also had to endure the fear of losing loved ones as the worldwide death toll climbed into the hundreds of thousands, while our country wrestled with the deep societal inequities we are still addressing.

However, even with very difficult times facing us, I am still very grateful:

      I am thankful for my immediate family and Clan Urquhart and Kim family members all over the world who have supported each other through the pandemic.

      I am very grateful that here in America, we wake up every morning enjoying the freedoms the Pilgrims and non-Puritans yearned for when they sailed from England on the Mayflower.

    I am thankful that with the Mayflower Compact, the Pilgrims laid the groundwork for the freedom of religion and expression enjoyed by hundreds of millions of Americans today.  Like our country’s founders, those early settlers in Massachusetts had the universal flaw of human imperfection, making them targets for today’s cancel culture.  However, as Katherine Lee Bates penned in America the Beautiful, the Pilgrims beat a thorough for freedom that our founders embodied in our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and subsequent Constitutional Amendments

     I am very grateful that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees us the right to worship or not as we choose, express our beliefs openly without fear of persecution, and assemble peaceably to bring about change in our society.

     I am extremely thankful that our Founding Fathers gave us the promise of government that would reject the tyranny our ancestors lived under.  If our freedoms are threatened, we do not have to suffer for decades under the despotic, narrow ideology of one faction or a powerful group of elites.  We, the People, still have the power to decide what reforms must be implemented and change the direction of government to protect our Constitutional rights.  We must never allow those freedoms to be taken from us.  My Scottish, French, German, English, Spanish, and Dutch Jewish ancestors did not enjoy them.  Neither did my wife and son’s ancestors during the Chosen Dynasty or occupied Korea.

       I give special thanks for the thousands of American men and women of all national and ethnic backgrounds who protect us, as well as the hundreds thousands of our countrymen and women who sacrificed their lives to advance the ideals in our Constitution at home and abroad.  From the fields of Gettysburg, to the forests of Germany, to the mountains of Afghanistan they have personified America the Beautiful’s words by proving they loved our country more than themselves and mercy more than life.

      We are especially blessed by the examples of four Urquhart heroes who fought to safeguard our freedoms:  Sergeant Gordon K. Urquhart, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Army soldiers Corporal Thomas M. Urquhart, Private First Class Clifford S. Orcutt, and Private First Class George D. Cromarty.  Clifford Orcutt, George Cromarty, and Gordon Urquhart were of Scottish descent; Thomas Urquhart was African American.  Clifford and George gave their lives liberating Europe during World War II, Gordon helped repel the communist invasion of South Korea, and Thomas made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

Whatever country you call home, I encourage you to also count your own blessings as we all strive to remain strong and courageous during the coming months.

With warm regards,

Wil Urquhart of Urquhart

Castle Craig




This is Castle Craig (Creag Na Taigh in Gaelic) it sits on the Cromarty Firth coast of the Black Isle.

This is the only Castle that is still in the hands of the Clan Chief, and as you can see, is in a pretty ruinous state. Currently, we are working hard raising funds to stabilise the building, and build a road to it from the landward side, as it is pretty well inaccessible at this time. The best vantage point to see this from, until the works are completed, is from the Evanton cut off on the A9 after crossing the Cromarty Bridge from the Black Isle on the way North.

This is only one of the many philanthropic ventures the Clan is involved in on the Black Isle (Eilean Dubh in Gaelic), and we try as best we can to support historical buildings as best as we can. This takes a lot of money, and is what your basic membership to the Association goes towards.





THE URQUHART CLAN CREST

The Urquhart Clan Crest is derived from the Chief’s personal Coat of Arms. Every new Chief has the right to amend the design when they take on the Chiefship, but it must comprise elements from his Arms, and there have been only a few changes over the Centuries.

The Arms above are the Arms of the first Cromartie Chief of the Clan. They were recorded on a Fireplace Lintel in Cromartie Castle and it was called the Kinbeachie stone – or the Cromartie Stone, and all the elements of the Crest are on this stone.

Cromarty Castle has long gone, it’s stone being used to build what is still the present day Cromartie House. The Kinbeachie stone was saved and can be seen in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The attached picture is the Kinbeachie stone as it appears in the National Museum of Scotland. A more extended history can be found at the following link: http://www.stravaiging.com/history/castle/cromarty-castle







Excerpt from Burkes Peerage:

Sir Thomas is remembered for his service to the monarchy. A royalist officer, he was captured at the Battle of Worcester in 1651 and was imprisoned in the Tower of London. While in London, he wrote a book tracing his ancestry back to Adam and Eve, and authored works on mathematics, a universal language, and other erudite subjects. Before leaving Scotland in 1651 he commissioned a 5′ 6″ by 2′ 8″ carved decorative lintel for the great fireplace in Cromarty Castle. Called the Kinbeachie Stone, this celebrated sculpture depicts the arms of the Chief of Clan Urquhart and various emblems and inscriptions recalling the legendary history of the family. In the 1920s the stone was donated to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland in Edinburgh. Some seventy years later it was transferred to the new Museum of Scotland where it is today displayed in the section devoted to “The Seventeenth Century Challenge”. Sir Thomas died unmarried in 1660, reputedly of mirth on hearing that Charles II had been restored to the throne.