Friday – John – AKA – TGIF

Friday here in the UK and eight hours from now it will be Saturday eve in the US. Been real busy seeing everything Edinburgh has to offer and will be moving up North to Port Soy. Port Soy is the home of my maternal grandmother and we will get an idea of where she spent her youth. Our MacKay family history on my mother’s side is steeped in tradition. Clan MacKay can trace its history back to 1210 when the first recorded chief was born. Since that time it has been a matter of clan wars, land gained, land lost, castles built, castles sacked, and service to various kings and queens once the British conquered Scotland. Here is the Tartan, Crest, and Coat of Arms

Mackay Tartan

Clan Mackay tartan

 

Clan Mackay Crest

Manu Forti means “With Strong Hand.”

 

Clan Mackay Coat of Arms

Today’s JohnKu speaks of history. I hope you have a great weekend

History by John W. Howell © 2017

We think about now,

There is a past worth finding. . .

To enrich your life.

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I am still out of the country and apologise if I don’t get to your comment in a timely manner

54 comments

  1. I’m happy you’re finding your past, John. Enjoy! Stay safe!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. 🙂

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  2. I’m confused by your time zones, John. CDT is 6 hours behind BST, so 10 am Friday in UK equates to 4am Friday in Texas. Or am I misinterpreting you?

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    1. Yes, Friday at 4am plus eight hours equals 12:00. I made a call that after 12:00 it was Friday evening. Like the day before Christmas is called Christmas eve the day before Saturday is called Saturday eve.

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  3. Looks like you’re having a fun adventure. Have a great weekend. Do you have anything with the tartan on it?

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    1. I do not have anything with the Tartan on it. Thanks, Charles.

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      1. That’s a shame. Any way to get one?

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  4. You’ve confused me today John. US time is generally behind British (about 5 hours for NY)so how will it be Saturday eve at home in 8 hours when that’s about Friday eve here?
    Glad you’re having a good time in Scotland.
    Hugs

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    1. Let me explain using Christmas as an example. The night before Christmas its Christmas eve. The night before Saturday is Saturday eve. So what I was trying to say was, my post went live Friday morning and eight hours later is would be Saturday eve. Hope that clears it up.

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      1. It just indicates that you’re dealing with some (at least one) thick people resident in the UK John. Sorry about the confusion, please continue to enjoy your trip.
        Hugs

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      2. No problem, David. 😀

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  5. Family history is interesting. Have a continuing good time, John. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne

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  6. It must be cool to pin things back so far, John. Where’s the shot of you in your kilt?

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    1. Ha ha ha. As I said, the wind is blowing too hard.

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      1. Well, when you get back to Texas.

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      2. There you go.

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  7. Gwen Plano · ·

    It’s fun to journey with you and your family. Though I have some roots in Scotland, I don’t know anything about them. You’re fortunate to have a sense of heritage. Enjoy every moment!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. i’m giving it my best shot.

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  8. Thanks for sharing a part of your family’s history, John.

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    1. Thank you, Audrey

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  9. John, I find this so fascinating! How wonderful it must be to walk where your ancestors did. I love the tartan and the Coat of Arms. Have you ever thought of incorporating the tartan colors into your branding or blog? Just a thought, because, as I said…I love this stuff!

    I’ve done some ancestry on my side, but nowhere near as far back as you have. Love that you’re experiencing the country of your ancestors first hand. Perhaps some of that history will spin it’s way into a plot idea or two 🙂

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    1. Since only my mother’s side was Scottish and Dads Welsh, I only feel a half so I never thought of displaying the tartan. Thanks for the suggestions.

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      1. Couldn’t resist. I love the colors 🙂

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      2. I understand.

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  10. What an awesome feeling to walk the ground where your ancestors walked and know that their DNA still lives on in you. Love the Tartan and Coat of Arms. Hope you’re getting lots of fodder for more great stories!

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    1. Not sure about the stories but it is nice the walk in the history.

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  11. I’m with Dan – a kilt shot is the least you can give us.

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    1. Ha ha ha. A little too windy for a Kilt.

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  12. I love your clan’s tartan! Those colors are beautiful together. Hope you’re having a good safe trip and taking a LOT of pictures (some to share with us, of course!)

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    1. Yes, I’m taking a ton of pictures.

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  13. janhawke2014 · ·

    Och, Aye! That’s a bonny tartan, John 😀

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    1. Thank ye, Jan. 😀

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  14. Hey hey hey … cheers to you being about to visit a place of your root. Good luck finding any alcohol up there for the toast. 😉 Safe travels!!!

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    1. Thank you, Frank. Yeah, alcohol is real tough to find. ;-D

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      1. Yep … just a bit shy of being a dry country.

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      2. Especially on the whisky trail.

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      3. They had to be laughing at our Prohibition.

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      4. They still are.

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  15. What a nice surprise to find you “live” on Friday! You may find some MacKay ghosts as you head north. Stay safe, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. 🙂

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  16. So happy you sound enthusiastic, John. Love the colors of the tartan. Hugs again.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan

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  17. Sounds like you are having the trip of a lifetime John. Like the tartan. Will you be bringing a quilt made of it back home with you? That stag doesn’t look too happy having those knives pointed at it.

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    1. I should get a blanket at least.

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      1. I meant to say kilt.

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  18. Sounds like a fantastic trip, John. I bet you’re soaking in all of that history and finding lots of inspiration!

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    1. History yes . Inspiration? Not sure.

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  19. Welcome to Scotland 💙 they had a heatwave in London last week shame it didn’t venture North with us both 😀.

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    1. We had such great weather Monday and Tuesday. It was lovely. I like the cool.

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    1. Thank you, Traci.

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  20. I love the colors in your family Tartan. Will you get a kilt? Men in kilts make me weak in the knees. I have no ideas where that comes from!

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