St. Andrew's Society Kirkn' o' the Tartan

The Saint Andrew's Society of Williamsburg journeyed to Weems, Va April 30 to participate in the 22nd Kirkn' o' the Tartan at Historic Christ Church. Pictured are the Society's Board members: Ed Matheson, Bruce Buchanan, Quartermaster, Michael Thompson, Vice President, and Dr. J. Mott Robertson, Jr. , President, all of whom served as the color guard. Officiating was The Rev. David May, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Kilmarnock, and The Rev. Doctor Tom Coye, retired Pastor of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Kilmarnock.

According to Marilyn Hedges, publicity chairman for the Historic Christ Church Foundation, ''the Kirkn' is a popular annual event due in part to the Scots who immigrated to Eastern Virginia , Bringing their rich Scottish heritage.'' A number of clergy serving Christ Church over the centuries were educated in Scotland.

''Kirk'' is a Gaelic word for ''church'' and tartans are the plaid emblems of clans and families. People of many faith traditions bring their tartans to be blessed in thanksgiving for their heritage , and to remember the patriotism, independence and faithfulness of their ancestors.

Information about Williamsburg's Society its activities and how to become a member may be found by visiting www.scotsofwmbg.org

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