64th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (NC) was held on July 11,12,13,14, 2019. Overcast skies for most of the weekend, but the sun did come out to greet the ninety nine clan tents participating and Clan Wallace was among them. Also at the games are Scottish Tartan Museum, Council of Scottish Clans and Associations and Scottish Culture and St. Andrews Society of Upper South Carolina. Russ and Marcia Harper along with Larry and Judy Slight hosted the Clan Wallace tents.

These games are held at MacRae meadow on Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina. Thursday night Russ did the calling of, the Clan. Wallaces cheered as he yelled FREEDOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Special guest with us this weekend was President Karen Wallace and her husband Charles. Lots of Wallaces attended this weekend actives, Past President Larry Slight and Treasurer Judy Slight, Mark Clifford, John and Sally Wallace and family, Judy Wallace Moore and family, Terry and Kelly Wallace, Susanne Dykes, Glen Wolfe, Mary Jo Hutchinson, Linda Tyrell and Granddaughter Samantha Matson alone with many more.

One of the special events that took place at the Wallace tent was that the Past President, Russ Harper presented the new President, Karen Wallace with the presidential metal, symbolling the passing of the torch from one to the other.

We had a special guest at the Games this year is Clan Chief Arabella Kincaid of Kincaid.

The 2019 Bear Run, part of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, started in Linville Thursday night and concluded at the top of Grandfather Mountain. Over 867 runners started the race and ranged in age from 8 to 80.

Our thanks to the many that came out and enjoy the weekend with us. Without YOU there is no Clan Wallace. Can’t wait to see you all next year!

Contributed by Marcia Harper

Major CJ Wallace, Canadian Army, retired, 1976 – 2000

Major CJ Wallace, CD, BA, BAS, plsc Canadian Army retired, 1976 – 2000

CJ was commissioned from the ranks as an infantry cpl to infantry officer. Reclassified to intelligence officer and became the Army Chief Interrogator. Medically released due to wounds. Retired as major.

CJ joined the Clan Wallace Society in 2011.

For your service and sacrifice CJ, the Clan Wallace Society salutes you.

Smokey Mountain Highland Games

The Smokey Mountain Highland Games (TN) was held on May 18-19, 2019.  These games are held at the campus of Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee.   Sunny skies and 95 degree weather for the weekend. Forty nine clan tents participating and Clan Wallace was among them.  Russ and Marcia Harper hosted the Clan Wallace tent.

The entertainment included the Colin Grant Adams, Seven to the Sea, MacGilliossa, The Piper Jones Band, Highland Reign, The Celtic Martins, Alabannach, Good Thymes Ceilidh Band, The Celtic Martins.  The Games included heavy athletics, kilted run, Children’s Highland games competition, and Border Collie Demonstration.  The vendors at the games included, Near and Far, The Gaelic Shop, The Celtic Knot, Highland Kilt Company, the Scots Corner.

Thanks to all that came out and enjoyed the weekend with us.

Contributed By Marcia Harper

19th Annual Bethabara Highland Games

The Bethabara Highland Games (NC) was held on May 4, 2019.  Overcast skies and 80 degree was the weather of the day.   There were eighteen clan tents participating and Clan Wallace was among them.  Russ and Marcia Harper hosted the Clan Wallace tent.  Also on tent row was, “SAMS” the Scottish American Military Society, Council of Scottish Clans and Society, and the Forsyth County Genealogical Society.

These games are held at Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  The Highland Games at Historic Bethabara Park are held to pay respect to the heritage of the early Scots and Scots-Irish pioneers who helped and guided the Moravians in their settlement of the Wachovia tract.  This game is free and open for the enjoyment of the public.

The entertainment included the Jamestown Pipes and Drum and North Carolina State Pipeband.  The Games included heavy athletics, Children’s Highland games competition, Children’s Colonial Games and storytelling, Border Collie Demonstration.  The vendors at the games included  Near and Far Scottish,  Scottish Leather, Kelpie Pottery, Carolina Celt, and  Lumpy’s Ice Cream.

Thanks to all that came out and enjoyed the day with us.

Contributed By Marcia Harper

9th Annual Tartan Day South

The 9th annual Tartan Day South (SC) was held on April 6, 2019. Overcast skies, and cool temperatures on Saturday greeted the twelve clan tents participating and Clan Wallace was among them.   Russ and Marcia Harper hosted the Clan Wallace tent.

Tartan Day South is held at the Historic Columbia Speedway, where Richard Petty had is first NASCAR race.

The Governor of South Carolina Proclaimed April 6th, 2019 as Tartan Day.

The festival included athletics, both men and women, Scottish dancing and Irish dancing.  Children’s activities modified heavy athletics, face painting and storytelling. The entertainment included Syr, Brynmor, and Tuatha Dea. Four pipe bands rounded out the Scottish fanfare. Also on display was Carolina British Classic cars and Quidditch match were some of the things you could enjoy

Special Guest was Dr. Bruce Durie, accomplished author, broadcaster, lecturer, and an expert genealogist and heraldists. Dr, Durie has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scottish Studies Fellowship, and has researched Lowland Scots migration to the Carolina, for seven months in 2016.  Dr. Durie has a new book out, “Your Scottish-American Ancestry”, in this book is a chapter on “We’re descended from William Wallace”.  This is an easy read and guide book on searching your Scottish roots.

The parade of tartans was at noon. We were honored to have March with us, Ted Wallace.

What a great weekend we had.  Thanks to all that came out to enjoy the day with us.



Contributed by Marcia Harper


William St. Clair Wallace 1936 – 2018

William “Bill” St Clair Wallace

1936- 2018

Bill passed away at his home in Gresham, Oregon on November 10, 2018. Born in Hood River, Oregon on February 22, 1936, he was the son of Lloyd M. and Eda P. Wallace.

Over the course of his adult life, Bill served in the U.S. Army, two of those years in Germany. Later in civilian life, he joined Clan Wallace Society, assisting at Games and convening on occasion. Bill was part of the group attending the Gathering in Estes Park in 2009. In addition to his Clan Wallace association, he was part of the Northwest Scots Honor Guard, including serving as commander, presenting our nation’s colors at parades and Scottish events across the Pacific Northwest.

Bill was married to his wife, Ada, for nearly 49 years. Bill is survived by four children: Greg, DeNeice, Angelia and Wayne, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held for Bill on December 2, 2018 at the Rockwood Seventh-day Adventist Church in Gresham.