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Tuesday, March 12, 2013


 My Heart’s In The  Highlands 
Farewell to the Highlands,  frewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love…  
Robert Burns






 The border wars between England and Scotland have been romanticized in poetry, prose and on film.  As a result of these century-long conflicts castles were built on both sides of the English/Scottish border to provide lodging and protection as well as central rallying points for allied forces in times of peril.  Just outside Jedbugh, Scotland stands the Scottish border castle known as Ferniehirst Castle.   Built in the 15th century, Ferniehirst Castle is the ancestral home of the Kerr family.


 In the summer of 2012, Rufus Williamson, a descendant of the Kerr family, visited Scotland and toured Ferniehirst Castle.  For Rufus it was an opportunity to see firsthand the home of his ancestors and to add to his substantial knowledge of the Kerr family history.


The fascinating stories of the border wars, Ferniehirst Castle, and the Kerr family will be shared on April 2, 2013, at the meeting of Signal Mountain Genealogical Society.  Rufus Williamson, guest speaker for the April meeting will present, “A Visit to the Home of my Scottish Ancestors.”   The meeting, held at the Walden Town Hall, 1836 Taft Highway, will begin at 1:00 p.m. with refreshments followed by the business meeting and program at 1:30 p.m.  Guests are always welcome at the meetings.


Whether for an interesting telling of family history or for a tour to a Scottish Castle, I urge you to join us on April 2nd at the meeting of the Signal Mountain Genealogical Society.