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  2. Yesterday I was informed of a way to research your heritage at the local library. It's basically free access to Ancestry.ca here in Canada. I'm not too sure if all libraries have this access but it's worth a shot if you want to find out a little bit about your ancestors. Be prepared to spend a fair amount of time there as once you start you may end up with many brick walls, albeit temporary. It also helps to have relatives and parents who can help you answer some questions if you don't know the info yourself. Hope this helps someone. Chrisp
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  5. FJR1300

    Argyll jacket & waistcoat from 1900

    Nice Find Looks Good. John
  6. KNAPPER

    Hello from Arkansas, USA

    Thanks Crisp. I appreciate your comments. I've forged a few, but had to finish them the hard way by hand. I'll be sure and check out that fellow you suggested. I also make some of the regimental style knives but all that silver work for the scabbard and basket weave carving on the bog oak is very time consuming. I'm sure I'll be posting some of my other knives once I figure out where that kind of thing goes.
  7. Mcmurdo

    Argyll jacket & waistcoat from 1900

    Thats great see you there.
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  9. Chrisp

    Argyll jacket & waistcoat from 1900

    McMurdo. I have comitted to going and added.my name to the Facebook page. See you at the pub.
  10. Chrisp

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    Thanks for the words. I've discovered that all my grandparents have tartans affiliated with their last names so there's much I can choose. My grandparents come from England, Ireland and Scotland and I've checked on a Kilt makers site in Canada and yes they're all septs of clans. I guess now its my choice which one I wear... I've started to buy clan books and some have my grandparents last names and some don't. I realize some have different sources but it can be confusing with all the contradictions and omissions. I suppose there might be an ultimate authority somewhere but people would rarely agree on one. Thanks for your input and the hunt continues for me!
  11. wee laddie 18

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    Hi from U.K. your parents may have a Scottish surname...It may be your mothers maiden name or even your mothers mother's maiden family name ...........If either of ones parents or grandparents have a Scottish Connection they may have a Scottish surname which is the sept of a clan to which the family name was originally attached....... One may have a district in which your family clan members or just your own ancestors resided.... From this source one can check a registered clan or regional tartan which you can wear..... there are also general tartans which may be worn without any specific family or regional link.......... The answer may be to check with a Kiltmaker.....some of the bigger tartan mills can supply tartans for approximately 350 registered tartans......You may well find that you have a choice of four or 5 tartans which you can wear....some tartans were locally worn before the Tartan was registered with the tartan registry in Scotland.....Do not forget that the Cornish , the Welsh , The Irish , the Bretons and other European Counties have their own tartans....surfing the Scottish Clan or Kilt wearing webb sites may produce some useful information... Bet of luck ............wee laddie 18
  12. Mcmurdo

    Argyll jacket & waistcoat from 1900

    Please feel free to join the group to keep up to date on everything. I am trying to figure out door prizes & such so this one should be special.
  13. Mcmurdo

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    Welcome to the forum.
  14. Chrisp

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    Thanks John! I'm learning about the site and appreciate the hospitality. I'll try and post a pic of me when possible but I'm currently on my computer and no way to transfer a pic from my phone... Chrisp
  15. Chrisp

    Hello from Arkansas, USA

    Hi I'm a cook by trade and am interested in all sorts of knives but so far primarily kitchen related. I was going to suggest you look up Kramer knives to see how far you can go with it. He's got a video on Youtube from the Morning Show or something like that where he talks about his history and his philosophy on being a maker. You also get to see his shop and watch him produce blades. It's knife porn for sure but it's also a good video to watch if you're interested in knives. He started as a knife sharpener for kitchens and then just built up the business over the years to what it is now. Good luck on your journey and although I only have my opinion to offer at the moment I think your knife looks pretty good.
  16. FJR1300

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    Welcome From S.E. Wisconsin. John
  17. Hello all! I'm doing some new to me research on my heritage and I've come across a Canadian organization called Sons of Scotland. It's for Canadian Scottish folk and they seem to have a lot to offer here. I am trying to contact them to see if they have any sources of info for researching clans, tartans and septs. Does anyone have any experience with them and would you recommend looking into them? They offer things like group insurance and social events but I'm hoping they have a little more to offer...
  18. Just an update. I've discovered an organization known as The Sons of Scotland that gets together in various Canadian cities for various functions and such. There's a section on their website that has listed a section on tartans. I have sent an email to see about joining and haven't heard back yet. Has anyone here any experience with them and is it a decent organization?
  19. Chrisp

    Argyll jacket & waistcoat from 1900

    Awesome! I took a look at the page on Facebook. Barring anything major I should be able to make it. Will adjust my status on Facebook so you'll know how many to make a reso for. Chris
  20. Mcmurdo

    Argyll jacket & waistcoat from 1900

    Chris It is a pub that is fully accessible.
  21. Chrisp

    Argyll jacket & waistcoat from 1900

    McMurdo...Thanks for the invite and it would be good to socialize with like minded kilt wearers. Is it a restaurant that its hosted at? I'll log into Facebook and look it up. Could be a lot of fun. Chrisp
  22. Mcmurdo

    Argyll jacket & waistcoat from 1900

    You can come to Tartan Tuesday in a sweater or dress shirt it doesn't have to be a jacket. May 7th is our 5th Anniversary.
  23. Hi, I'm Knapper (Ben) from Arkansas. I joined primarily because I love to make sgian dubhs and am working towards larger blades. I figure some folks here might have some good information for me, tips, etc. I'll post pictures of my latest creation, which is a piece of white-tailed deer antler with sterling silver fittings and a bog oak pommel. I also make traditional pieces, but this one is nice I think. The blade is a UK made dress blade. I haven't got the equipment to forge, grind and heat treat blades yet, but maybe one day. Anyway, it's going to be fun looking around this site.
  24. Thanks for the suggestion. There seems to be a large number of Scots where I live so I'm sure there must be some kind of society. Will look into it!
  25. Chrisp

    Argyll jacket & waistcoat from 1900

    McMurdo...its an amazing find for you and its even more awesome that you have the history! Awesome find! Thank you for the invite to Tartan Tuesday...I'll have to find a less dressy jacket for it. I managed to find a Prince Charlie jacket through Kijiji that might be too formal. Thank you for your response. Chris
  26. Mcmurdo

    Argyll jacket & waistcoat from 1900

    Chris you might want to check out Tartan Tuesday https://www.facebook.com/events/972757049586467/
  27. Mcmurdo

    Argyll jacket & waistcoat from 1900

    Chris I found this set on Facebook Marketplace. I was extremely lucky to find it. I looked into the jacket a it more, here is some info for it Samuel Duncan, Tailor and Army Clothier, 39 Frederick street ; Lived at a house, 12 Jordan Lane. Listed in the post office directory books 1894-1905
  28. I belong to a scottish society where I live and we have a geneologist on staff. Maybe there is a local scottish society that has the same. http://www.arizonascots.com/06genealogyarchive.shtml
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