SCOTTISH SOCIETY OF TEXAS. The Scottish Society of Texas, organized in 1963, represented fifty Scottish Highland clans in Texas. The organization was a statewide association that sponsored annual Texas Highland Games each May. For nine years the games were held in Austin, but in 1972 they were held at McLennan County Community College in Waco. The games included competition in dancing, piping, and athletic events. Judges from outside Texas, members of official governing societies, decided winners in several traditional Scottish dances, in bagpipe bands, and in individual piping. The traditional sports events included tossing the caber, tossing the sheaf, and the hammer throw. Other games and events were available for children. A ball and a tartan parade were also featured. The festive affair was open to the public. Each year the Scottish Society of Texas gave a scholarship to a McLennan County Community College student who could verify a Scottish heritage. The society perpetuated Scottish traditions and provided fellowship for Scottish Americans to promote awareness of their heritage. In 1972 the society had 110 members; Joe Waring was president, and Harry Gordon, one of the original organizers, served as president emeritus. In addition to the officers, a nine.member board of governors was elected. The official news sheet of the Scottish Society of Texas and the Scots of Austin was Heather Notes, edited by Harry Gordon. In the early 1990s there were a number of local Scottish societies across the state, but no further information was available on a statewide group. See also SCOTS.

Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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