When I was browsing a magazine rack recently, the word “Tantallon” caught my eye. I found myself purchasing the May-June issue of The Highlander: The Magazine of Scottish Heritage to read Neil Gunn’s “The Douglas Stronghold of Tantallon Castle” to learn more about the ruins of the medieval castle on the Firth of Forth.
Begun in the 1350s, the castle is featured in an oil painting of the Scottish coast on a stormy night by Thomas Moran of the Hudson River School of artists. My great-great-grandmother, Mary (Cummings) Bennett Lord of Greenville and Guilford, painted the same view, no doubt from a picture of Moran’s work.
I have collected magazines and photocopies of book pages that show Tantallon from various angles. We don’t think that Mary Lord ever went to Scotland, but her ancestry does include Robert Dunbar, who came from Scotland to Hingham, Mass.
At one point I belonged to Clan Dunbar, which also includes lines of families such as Home, Dundas, Corbett, Clugston, Nesbit, Washington, Nevill, Strickland, Herying, Gray and Gospatrick.
This issue of The Highlander includes contact information for several clans, including some of the septs that belong to them.
Clan Currie will gather July 11-12 at Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Scottish gatherings throughout North America this summer will include the Maine Highland Games on Aug. 17 at Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham. I attended the Highland Games one year and it was a wonderful day, with the opportunity to meet people from numerous clans. For information, email Gardeningscot55@gmail.com.
Also in this issue of The Highlander are “Scotland’s Battle Shield” and “People of the Lammermuirs.”
The Brewer Historical Society will dedicate the Brewer Historical Society Resource Center and recognize the refurbished Clewley Museum at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the museum at 199 Wilson St., Brewer.
An open house of the museum and resource center will be held afterward.
Mark Saturday, Sept. 21, on your calendar to attend the fall meeting of the Maine Genealogical Society at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. The keynote speaker will be Laura Prescott, a professional genealogist who worked for several years at New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. More about this event next week.
During a recent genealogy talk I gave, a couple of people attending asked if they could get a copy of “Let’s Tour Family History Resources at UMaine’s Fogler Library,” a Family Ties column published in April 2012 in the Bangor Daily News.
The request prompted two thoughts on my part. First, perhaps there are readers who missed seeing that article. If so, here is the Web address for it: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/04/27/living/family-ties/lets-tour-family-history-resources-at-umaines-fogler-library/?ref=search.
Secondly, you might like to know that you can look up past Family Ties columns by using the Search BDN Maine box in the upper righthand corner of the BDN website at bangordailynews.com.
To find the story I mentioned, I entered the keywords “Fogler,” “microfilm” and “Canadian.” Another approach readers might use is to enter “Saucier” as one of the keywords. There are dozens of Family Ties columns which can be accessed by doing a search on the BDN website.
The Bangor Family History Center at the LDS Church on Grandview Avenue will be closed July 1-6. Also, when the center is open, you need to press the buzzer to have someone come to the door to let you in.
For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.