Peace and Freedom and a courageous Mother...

Hi Folks,

"A Cherokee chief is coming to Scotland this week to be chief at a Highland Games and it's all because of a Jacobite sent to America as a slave 300 years ago.

Principal Chief Chad 'Corntassel' Smith of the Cherokee Nation will arrive in Scotland on Tuesday following an invitation from Clan Grant, who organise the Games at Abernethy. It's reckoned 25 per cent of the Cherokee Nation is descended from Ludovick Grant of Creichie in Aberdeenshire.

He was Captured in the 1715 Jacobite rebellion, he served his slavery sentence then became a trader with the Cherokee Nation East. He married a Cherokee woman called Eughioote and they had a daughter, Mary. Their granddaughter Susannah, married three times and Ludovick's descendants all come from these marriages making up a significant portion of the modern Cherokee Nation.

As well as opening the games on Saturday, Corntassel, with up to 30 fellow tribesfolk, we will visit the Scottish Parliament and meet First Mininster Alex Salmond. Peter Grant of Clan Grant explained. "Our Chief, Lorn Strathspey, visited Atlanta two years ago where he met a Ludovick Grant descendant and suggested the Cherokees visit Scotland.

When I heard the news my imagination kicked in.
"The vision of a party of Cherokees riding out from Abernethy Forest on their pinto ponies was too much, probably the result of too many B-movies as a boy.

"The Cherokees are interested to see where their ancestor came from". Chad 'Corntassel' Smith was elected principal chief in 1999 and is serving his third term. The former lawyer is credited with revitalising the Oklahoma-based tribe. The trip will be his first to Scotland and he recognises the similarity' in that both cultures adhere to clan systems'.

He said, ' I was raised a Cherokee but I was aware of some of my ancestry, including a distant Scottish connection. 'Cherokees were among the first tribes to encounter European conquerors. 'Whether out of interest or self preservation, in the late 1800's our people were driven by a passion to grow with the changing face of American.

'Industrious and intelligent, we embraced education and business opportunities. We maintained a strong Cherokee culture but also participated in the new American economy.

There were many immigrants from Scotland and some of them married Cherokees. 'I look forward to experiencing the Scottish culture and appreciate the invitation. 'I receive many invites and each time I represent the tribe as an ambassodor to another nation I have found it educational and enjoyable.

'We'll be visiting the Scottish Parliament, Canongate, Holyrood Palace, Fyvie Castle, Ballindalloch Castle and taking a tour of Aberdeen University's Marischal Museum."

Article by Murray Scougall in Sunday Post Newspaper...

This morning in bed I was trying to catch up on my weekend paper reading 'The Sunday Post' ... I came across the article shown above about someone called Chief Chad 'Corntassel' Smith who is crossing the Atlantic to forge links with Clan Grant in Scotland .... now I know from checking outside' ie. lifting the curtain carefully to check ' that it's pouring with rain ' ... I hope his compatriots at home have not been doing a rain dance - if so I wish they would please stop now, 'cos you could swim outside my window (and we don't live on the ground floot but one floor up).

What a amazing story, talk about how life goes round and round... Ludovick Grant being sent as a prisoner to America ......... now all these years later a complete turn around for his family and one of his decendants a chief of his tribe and nation coming to visit his homeland clan here in in this country ...... ' Welcome to Scotland Chief Smith ' .

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In the distant past, the names of common people were seldom recorded, except on special occasion by churches that proclaimed the value of each and every individual, or at other times when powerful and often recorded persons used commoners for fighting wars or itemised them on tax lists and other financial records.

Around 1715 during events associated with the Jacobite uprising at Preston, five years before the birth of the well known Jacobite Bonnie Prince Charlie whose image we have, we see recorded the individual names of many common people; in prison costing the authorities two pence per diem to feed; on ships costing two pounds per person to transport into exile; and in land records, people recorded as real property and sold for cash.

Finding all ten ships, listed together in one document, has been an illusive task until Hugh was fortunate enough to stumble upon a warrant, filed away for safekeeping in the wrong box in the British Archives. We can assume that it is accurate as it is a bill requesting payment from the King for transporting the prisoners on the ten ships. You may read a transcription of this warrant and view scans of the original by clicking on this line.

"An additional 1700 Scots were expelled as enemies of the state after the Covenanter Risings and 1600 men, women and children were banished as a result of the Jacobite Rebellions of 1715 and 1745. "

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Something of an ahhhhhh.. story - Enjoy ......

After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree.. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings.

The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. Then the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast... because she had been willing to die, so those under the cover of her wings would live.

'He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge. ' (Psalm 91:4) Being loved this much should make a difference in your life . Remember the One who loves you and be different because of it.

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In her autobiography,Eleanor Roosevelt wrote...
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Cheers from the land of the Tartan. Love, Kate xxx.