We used to be a rowdy bunch.  Those guys to the right are our founders who decided that an all-male Scottish-preservation and drinking club was a good idea.  (And God bless them for that!)  They first met in December 1966 and incorporated in March 1967.  In 2002 HSHC became among the first highland societies to welcome women as full members, meaning they could attend meetings, vote, and serve on the board as Society Secretary.  Our first female member was Mary Jo Ann Carroll, who always had a good joke or riddle for the joke contest.  In 2016 we broke the glass ceiling by electing SJ Anderson as our first female Second Laird.



Our Mission Statement: 

The Highland Society of Harford County is for the preservation of the spirit, dress, music, and antiquities of the Scottish people and is dedicated to the promotion of those traditions among those of Scottish ancestry within Harford County, Maryland, and its environs.

Some telling memories:

We had an annual new member ceremony for initiating prospective members into the Society and it was quite an event with a darkened room, the bagpipes playing, lots of claymores and of course the Loch Neck monster was there along with many drams of single malt. It was a grand event.  Frank 'FowlAire' Fowler had the large Claymore...huge thing...and I would launch it into the ceiling tiles during the ceremony of initiation where it would swing like a pendulum on a clock and never fell out...our  waitress for all these events was a little woman and she would have the tables arranged so if it was initiation night, I could use  the same spot in the  ceiling.



Susan Avery had a Topless Go-Go joint in Aberdeen (the building is still there but she isn’t) and one month we decided that we’d rent the whole facility and have our monthly meeting there. As you can imagine we had many, many new faces present and many of them became new members of the society.
     Later we would have our ‘dinner’ at the  famed Flying Clipper,  just down the road  from Susan's; great food, and a treat for all of us; these evenings were well attended.



... we can’t forget the Pitlochry Rowdies: this was a group of members that broke away from the Highland Society at a time when the Society was becoming more civilized and these ‘rowdies’ wanted to continue on with the good ole glory days of the Society.



Our Seal

You saw it on our home page and might have wondered what it means.  Well....


The Seal of the Society is portrayed as a walking plow over a shield on which is the European Thistle on a field of gold and blue bends and pales. The Shield is enclosed within two circles, the inner gold and the outer blue. Within the circles appears the name of the society. The numerals 1967 signify the year of incorporation. The Motto Fellowship- Warmth- Good Cheer exemplifies the society itself.

The plow identifies the society as being located in an agricultural area. It reminds us that all Scots must drive a plowshare of thought through the heavy ground of ignorance.

The gold and blue circles represent the richness of the soil under the clear blue of the sky. The bends and pales represent the farms, gold, of the county and the three streams, the blue, that run within the county: Deer Creek, Bynum Run and Winters Run.

HIGHLAND SOCIETY OF HARFORD COUNTY

HSHC

Boy do we have history!

Our Lairds, Past & Present

(for the genealogy buffs visiting our website.)

Term

 Laird                                  
Their Clan(s)
Past Lairds
1968
1969
David Franklin McGinnis, Jr.
MacIness
1970
1971
Alexander Shaw
Shaw
1972
John Austin Malcomb
Malcolm
1973
O. Barton McLean
McLean
1974 
1975
Stockton Todd Holden
Gordon
1976
John Roy Owen
MacDuff
1977
Frank Lee Fowler, Jr.
Munro
1978
Percy Howard Marshall, Jr.
Stewart
1979
1980
Gwynne Leroy Holden, Esq.
Stewart
1981
Peter J. Tapley
MacLachlan
1982
Alexander McComas, Jr.
Gunn
1983
James Cuthbertson Fulton
Stuart
1984
Donald Craig Kerr, Jr.
Kerr, McDonald, & Craig
1985
1986
Duncan Henry Mackenzie
Mackenzie, Macleod, & Macrae
1987
W. Paul Henderson
Henderson & Gunn
1988
John Garland Green
Scott
1989
James Thomas Wollon, Jr.
Erwin & Stewart
1990
Henry Clint Peden, Jr.
MacDonald, MacGregor, & McLean                                                                 
1991
Albert Wade Laisy, Esq.
MacDonald of the Isles
1992
Col. James V. Wasson
Buchanan
1993
John Michael Pratt
Grant
1994
William E. Sivertsen
Scott
1995
1996
Lars Warren Curley
Lindsay
1997
1998
William Clayton Wood
MacAlister
1999
2000
Wayne R. Kirn
MacBeth
2001
2002
David Frederick Wallace
Wallace
2003
2004
Charles "Butch" Wilson, Jr.
Gunn, Lindsay, & Scott
2005
2007
2007
David C. Robinson
Campbell
2008
Steven M. Christy
Christy, Farquharson, & Mackay
2009
2010
Charles "Butch" Wilson, Jr.
Gunn, Lindsay, & Scott
2011
2012
Rev. Fr. A. Bradford "Brad" Ingalls, Jr.
Gunn

2013

2014

John Polk, Sr.
Pollok
2015
2016
Ray Buchanan
Buchanan
2017
Patrick "Mac" McGrattan
MacNaughton
2018
Sarah "SJ" Anderson
Anderson, Campbell, & MacKay