Scottish Heritage Symposium

The Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Weekend will be held March 16-18, 2018 at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC.  All events held in the William Henry Belk Student Center unless otherwise noted.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 16 1 p.m. A Guided Tour of Stewartsville Cemetery FREE

Meet at the Scottish Heritage Center for car-pooling for a guided tour of local Stewartsville Cemetery led by Scottish Heritage Center Director Bill Caudill. ­The cemetery is about 6 miles or 10 minutes from the departure location. See the graves of some families and individuals who will be addressed in Saturday sessions. TOUR WILL DEPART PROMPTLY AT 1 p.m.

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. “A Gaelic Primer for Outlander Fans and Other Inquiring Minds” FREE

An exploration of the words and phrases found in the hugely popular “Outlander” series by author Diana Gabaldon, as well as the TV series. Come learn a little Gaelic – the language spoken by many Highland emigrants to the Carolinas. OPEN TO ALL AGES, YOUTH WELCOMED! Workshop led by Anne Landin and An Phillips.

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Meet the Presenters – Main Lobby, Comfort Inn of Laurinburg

Join Weekend Event Attendees for a casual opportunity to meet and greet the speakers for the Charles Bascombe Shaw Memorial Scottish Heritage Symposium. BYOB/casual.

Saturday, March 17 Attendees must register for all SATURDAY events–please see the registration form

8:45 a.m. CHECK-IN/REGISTRATION 9:20 a.m. OPENING REMARKS 9:30 a.m. “­The Spirit of Kilmartin Glen” Miss Ruth Bolwell – Kilmartin Museum, Argyll, Scotland 10:30 a.m. – 10.45 a.m. “A Kilmartin Show and Tell”

10:45-11 a.m. BREAK

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. “Early History of the MacLaurins and Associated Families of Appin, Argyll, through the mid-18th century”

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch Buffet Served

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. DNA testing—Is It For You? Mr. Robert McLaren—Alexandria, Virginia Genealogist and DNA Project Manager—Clan MacLaren Society of North America

2 p.m. – 3 p.m. “­The 1790 Emigration from Appin, Argyll and Related Research Materials Mr. Hilton McLaurin

3 p.m. – 4 p.m. “Early Piping in the Carolinas and the Legacy of Jack Smith” Mr. Bill Caudill – Scottish Heritage Center, St. Andrews University




6:30 p.m. Reception

7:15 p.m. Seating for Dinner


Sunday March 18

11 a.m. Kirkin’ of the Tartans Worship Service Laurinburg Presbyterian Church – 600 West Church Street – Downtown Laurinburg. Come celebrate this Scottish-American worship tradition. Lunch following service. (advanced reservations required, see form.)

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