You may have noticed a small change to the website in that we have changed it from “Remember the Death of Alpin” to “Remember Men from Whom You Come.” This small change reflects the change in leadership and continued change in Clan MacAlpine.
A Spark Lit: The day I met Kenneth McAlpine, President of Clan MacAlpine Society at the Costa Mesa Highland games in 2001, a spark was lit. He suggested I search Ancestry.com for my personal family history. That first weekend I went back two hundred and fifty years. I was hooked and he created in me a dream to become a MacAlpine Armiger and of being one of the nine nobles required by Lord Lyon to hold a derbhfine or “family” convention or “gathering of old.”
Connecting to Family: This adventure to travel and find my cousins of blood and family of heart has been one of the best of my life. MacAlpine’s, whether blood or not, have all become my family. One way or another we are all related. Along the way I received inspiration and guidance from Kenneth McAlpine, Doris McAlpin Russel, William McAlpin, and Michael T. McAlpin. These folks have all played a major part in my family discovery. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Robin, my wife, as she was always supportive and helpful in my work.
DNA Links: It’s exciting with today’s DNA technology and the ability to link to family around the world. The DNA links help give clarity on where to look for linking family documents. It helps to answer the question of where to start and when you hit a road block, it may help me to reignite the family search. DNA results helped me immensely.
Commander: Family Leader: The world is changing all around us and the Society is also on the verge of change. Most notably we anticipate presenting our choice for MacAlpine Commander. To be part of naming a commander is long-time dream coming true for us as a clan.
We have made such strides since the beginning when Kenneth started the Society. He lovingly kindled the fire that grew to a flame under the excellent leadership of Michael T. McAlpin. These men deserve our praise for all they have done to further the cause of The Clan MacAlpine Society. It is through vision and hard work that we are where we are now. I have always appreciated the way Michael has driven us forward and stepped out so many times to make known who we are and where we’re headed. It is with his guidance and mentoring that I ran for President and his encouragement along the way will keep us focused. Thank you for your faith in me as your president and thank Michael and Kenneth for their vision and hard work!
All my best,
President of Clan MacAlpine Society
Can’t attend the derbhfine in Scotland but want to be part of this historical event? You can help by making donations to help cover the cost the Clan MacAlpine Society will incur for the proceedings. Fees include advertising in various papers in Scotland and other countries, rental of the meeting rooms, court fees and other expenses associated with the process. As is our policy, there will be no personal use of any funds raised by Clan MacAlpine Society. As we are not a non-profit group, donations are not tax deductible, but your gift is much appreciated. See PayPal link below or send check to: Clan MacAlpine Society, c/o Kenneth McAlpine, Treasurer, 32682 Rosemont Drive, Trabuco Highlands, CA 92679-3386, USA