LINKS OF INTEREST
The following links (in alphabetical order) will lead to a wider world of Scottish interests. To be listed here, websites must be approved by Society executives.
1st MARQUIS OF MONTROSE SOCIETY | http://www.montrose-society.org.uk/
Learn more about our Graham ancestor, The Great Montrose, at this site.
Membership is welcome.
ARDOCH HOLIDAY COTTAGE |http://www.holiday-cottage-scotland.co.uk
The Wing of Orchil Castle was a Graham Family Estate. For more information on the history, genealogy, Scottish clans and families associated with Orchil, click on this link: http://www.holiday-cottage-scotland.co.uk/geneology.html
BOOKS FROM SCOTLAND | http://www.booksfromscotland.com/
Book lovers will enjoy the many resources available from this site. BooksfromScotland.com, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, was no ordinary bookseller. Set up to showcase and sell Scottish-interest books, the site combined bookselling and interesting, newsy content. With readers from Paisley to Prague, and contributions from academics, authors, publishers and customers, BooksfromScotland.com remains the comprehensive e-portal for Scottish books, literature and writing.
BRITISH SOCIAL NEWS | http://www.britishsocialnews.org
This website serves the British and Irisn communities in the USA by providing information about social events, theatre and shows, bands and music, food, beer and wine, sports, organizations and contacts, games and festivals, Shakespeare and Remembrance Poppy locations. Its homepage shows the day's history of events.
CELTIC RADIO | http://www.celticradio.net
Celtic Radio is the home of Highlander Radio, Celtic Moon, Celt-Rock-Radio, SaltyDog Radio, Ye O' Celtic Pub, BlueGrass Hills and Celtic Dance. They are an award winning Internet radio station broadcasting a wide range of Celtic music 24 hours a day. They play Scottish, Irish and Celtic music from musicians across the world. Their broadcast is available worldwide to anyone with a computer, an Internet connection, a pair of speakers and a compatible media player. Unlike traditional radio stations, Celtic Radio does not believe in annoying their listeners with advertisements or commercial breaks! That is because they are 100% supported by a community of listeners who love to hear our continous feed of beautiful and heart pounding Celtic music 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year! Check them out!
CLANS AND SCOTTISH SOCIETIES OF CANADA (CASSOC) | http://www.cassoc.ca
The Clan Graham Society is a member of CASSOC. CASSOC is an organization for organizations. They are the link between various Clans and Scottish Societies. They encourage the celebration of our Scottish cultural heritage and the promotion of this Scottish culture in all its aspects. They seek to be the assembly of all groups who are pursuing Scottish interests. CASSOC encourages research into our heritage, both cultural and linguistic. They embrace history, music, dance, poetry, song, legend, sports, military tradition, costume, custom, culinary art, tale telling and the family structure that has come down to us from Scotland—both Highland and Lowland. Recreationally, they support family outings centred around Scottish traditions and the Clan structure.
COUNCIL OF SCOTTISH CLANS AND ASSOCIATIONS, INC. (COSCA) |http://www.cosca.scot
The Clan Graham Society is a member of COSCA. COSCA is a registered IRS Section 501c3 public charity incorporated in the state of Delaware, USA. The organization was founded in 1976 by Dr. Herbert MacNeal and a handful of other dedicated volunteers for the purpose of supporting Scottish Clan organizations and preserving Scottish heritage. The initial meeting was held at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linville, North Carolina, and we continue to honor this tradition by gathering on the mountain annually.
Today COSCA welcomes all kinds of Scottish American organizations as well as interested individuals to join us in our work to strengthen and energize the Scottish American diaspora and to preserve our Scottish heritage. COSCA's goal includes: strengthening the Scottish American community by bringing individuals together with their Scottish clans and families;
supporting our member Scottish organizations with training and resources to help them meet their own missions;
providing education and learning opportunities in Scottish fields;
and building relationships with Scotland and the global diaspora. And as always no control of the individual Clan Societies is planned.
Take a virtual visit to Electric Scotland at and see a web page listing some resources and information about the Clan Graham. A link to our Society’s website is included, and select/sample issues of The Clan Graham News are archived on that site. The direct link to the Clan Graham page on Electric Scotland is at:
Electric Scotland was created in 1996 and is maintained by Alastair McIntyre, GOTJ, FSA Scot. Besides clans and families information, the website has a news feed about the Scots diaspora and features articles and photos about Scottish agriculture and wildlife; books; business; children’s stories; culture and language; famous Scots; food (including haggis) and drink; games; genealogy; health; history and historic places; humor; music; poetry; religion; Robert Burns; Scots-Irish; Scots regiments; tartans; trivia; travel and much more.
The Clan Graham Society website also utilizes the news feed from Electric Scotland. And our ad is featured on Beth's Newfangled Family Tree newsletter at http://www.electricscotland.com/bnft/.
GENEALOGY AND HISTORY LIBRARY LINKS (GHLL) |
This website is a helpful resource for members researching their Graham roots.
It is maintained by Earl Ross, a contributor and Scottish Clan Coordinator.
GRAEME OF INCHBRAKIE | http://www.inchbrakie.com/
Dedicated to the Graemes of the House of Inchbrakie, the site aims to build an online museum with photos and other resources for this branch of the Graham family. Of interest is information about the Grahams in Jamaica and those involved with the 42nd (Black Watch) in the U.S. War of Independence.
GRAHAM HIGHLANDERS PIPE BAND | http://www.stjohnsburyacademy.org/page.cfm?p=69
The Saint Johnsbury Academy Graham Highlanders Pipe
Band was founded in November 1998 to be of service
to the school community and Caledonia County in New England and to assist in educating the youth of the area in remembering
and preserving Scottish tradition. The high school band wears the Graham of Montrose tartan and proudly promotes Celtic Arts.
GRAHAMS OF JAMAICA, W.I. | http://gwgraeme.tripod.com/index.html
A personal site of G. W. Graeme, who is tracing the descendents of Bonnie Dundee and the Grahams of Jamaica.
The Graham Owner's Club-International, established in 1971, is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of all Graham-built vehicles and to the bringing together, in good fellowship, all those who admire them. If you have an interest in
Graham Brothers Trucks, Graham, Paige or Graham-Paige Motor Cars or any other "Graham" manufactured product, visit this site to be connected with others with the same interests.
HERALDRY SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND |http://www.heraldry-scotland.co.uk/
Learn more about the proper use of heraldry from this site. The Heraldry Society of Scotland, founded in 1977, accepts membership and encourages people to learn more about coats or arms and heraldic arts.
HOW TO BUY A KILT | http://www.scotweb.co.uk/kiltsandtartan
Dr. Nicholas J. Fiddes, Governor of the Scottish Tartans Authority, has written a free guide to why you should wear a kilt and what kind of kilt to get; how to source true quality and avoid the swindlers; find your own tartans and get the best materials; know the outfit for any occasion and understand accessories. It's all available in a downloadable PDF format (1.5MB). All views and information are the personal views of the author but he has a lot of experience and background. It's written in non-technical language to be as clear and easy to read as possible and serves as a helpful guide to the national dress.
MUGDOCK CASTLE | http://www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk/
The Mugdock Castle, located 12 miles north of Glasgow, Scotland, was the ancient seat of the Clan Graham between 1372 and 1700. Built around a courtyard, the castle was entered through a gatehouse with a portcullis. The South West Tower has four stories with a single room on each floor. The main entrance to the tower is by external stairs that leads to the Laird’s bedroom. In 1641, the castle was partly destroyed on orders from Parliament, but James Graham lived there until 1644. On the execution of James in 1650, the lands were forfeited to the Marquis of Argyll, Archibald Campbell. In 1655, Mugdock was returned to the Grahams and restored over a two-year period. In 1682, the Grahams bought Buchanan Old House near Drymen, a dwelling more fitting the title of “Marquis” but kept the family official seat at Mugdock for a long period of time. Now, several centuries later, the castle still stands with the Graham heritage intact with a special room housing historical artifacts and documents with valuable clan and Scottish information. The grounds are now a park, which is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions offering a great countryside experience. Tours, cultural events, recreational activities, corporate functions and private celebrations take place at Mugdock. To help preserve this important Graham site, donations and fundraising are necessary. Sales from the Mugdock Collection also help with annual maintenance, restoration and refurbishment efforts.
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND | http://www.nls.uk
The National Library of Scotland is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. They are a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance. You can see collection items online, and hundreds more digital resources may be available if you register. Anyone can get a library card to consult material in our reading rooms. The National Library of Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No. SC011086.
NATIONAL RECORD OF SCOTLAND | http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk
National Records of Scotland (NRS) was established on April 1, 2011, following the merger of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS). For administrative purposes we sit within the Scottish Government’s Culture and External Affairs portfolio. They have a wide and diverse community of stakeholders and play a central role in the cultural, social and economic life of Scotland, supporting several of the Scottish Government’s key National Outcomes and measuring its Population Purpose Target. They perform the registration and statistical functions of the Registrar General for Scotland, including responsibility for demographic statistics and census, and the archival functions of the Keeper including maintaining the archives as one of Scotland’s five National Collections, and providing a leadership role for Scottish archive and record professionals. They are also responsible for the service for family history provided under the highly successful ScotlandsPeople brand. ScotlandPeople is available online, in our offices in Edinburgh and, increasingly, in Local Family History Centres.
RAMPART SCOTLAND NEWSLETTER | http://www.rampantscotland.com/letter.htm
The Rampant Scotland Newsletter is your weekly insight into what has been happening in Scotland, snipped from the Scottish media, for Scots in Scotland and abroad, bringing you news, events plus a Scottish magazine section. Printed with 100% recycled electrons, Rampant Scotland Newsletter is also available by e-mail. Just send an e-mail to "Scottie" at email@example.com with "Subscribe Newsletter" as the subject line and a text version of these free Scottish snippets of news will arrive in your mailbox every weekend!
SCOTLAND.COM | http://www.scotland.com
Scotland Channel presents this official guide for Scotland travel: things to do, hotels, dining, shopping, events and more.
SCOTTISH HERITAGE USA |http://www.scottishheritageusa.org/
An organization based in North Carolina, this group welcomes members to learn more about their roots. Scottish Heritage USA was founded in 1965 by Ward Melville "to recognize and enhance the original bonds of ancestral and national character among the peoples of Scotland and North America; and to disseminate knowledge of their respective cultural heritages; and in furtherance of such purposes to support the preservation of historic sites, the maintenance of centers of artistic and literary endeavor and such other activities as may be appropriate."
SCOTTISH MUSIC | http://www.scottishmusic.co.uk/
The Caledonians are a duo who perform classic Scottish songs at events. Listen to some music samples on their site.
SCOTTISH TARTANS MUSEUM | http://www.scottishtartans.org/gallery.html
The Clan Graham Society donates funds to support the non-profit, volunteer-run Scottish Tartans Museum, the main focus of which is on the history and development of Scottish Highland Dress (namely the tartan and the kilt). Visit the museum in Franklin, North Carolina, or their website by clicking on the link above.
TARTAN WEEK |http://www.tartanweek.com/
Based in New York City, this website provides information about parades and various celebrations surrounding Tartan Week in April every year.