Researching Scottish roots? Try these helpful sites: 
  •  Interactive Clan Map of Scotland -- Do you know what part of Scotland your clan is from? Open this interactive map, and enter your clan name. It highlights the geographical area of the Clan's history and provides some brief information about the clan.
  • Scotland's People -- Great information from a site that is a partnership between the National Records of Scotland, the Court of the Lord Lyon, and DC Thomson Family History.

Travel: Trips to Scotland on your list?
  • Ask us for ideas! The Scottish American Society hosted trips to Scotland in 2018 and 2019. 
Other Celtic Events You Might Like: 
  • St. Andrew Society of Central Illinois, Highland Games and Celtic Festival, May 16, 2020, Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin, Illinois
  • 2020 Scottish Festival and Highland Games, presented by Chicago Scots:  June 19-20, Hamilton Lake- 2 Pierce Place Itasca, IL 60143. Email:
  • Milwaukee Highland Games, June 6, 2020. Hart Park 7300 Chestnut Street, Wauwatosa, WI, 
  • Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games: Saturday, July 18, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, followed by Ceilidh, 5:30 to 9:00 pm, Eagan Central Park | 1501 Central Pkwy | Eagan, Minnesota. Free admission and parking. 
  • Iowa Irish Fest, July 31-August 2, 2020, Downtown Waterloo, Iowa
  • Irish Hooley, August 22, 2020, Dubuque, Iowa 
  • Celtic Highland Games and Festival, Davenport, IA, Sept. 25, 26, 27
  • Through the Stones (Outlander convention): Dec. 4, 5, 6, Davenport, Iowa
Please check individual websites for final details. The Scottish American Society of the Quad Cities is not responsible for date or location changes. If we're missing an event, let us know! 

Scottish Culture & History: 
  • The Legend of the Thistle: The thistle is the National Emblem of Scotland. Legend says that in the Battle of Largs in 1263, Norway's King Haakon invaded Scotland. Seeking to attack by stealth, the King instructed his soldiers to remove their footwear. The shrieks of pain from one soldier after stepping on a thistle woke the Scotsmen, who were able to repel and defeat the invading army. The Order of the Thistle is the highest honor that can be awarded in Scotland. The Order was created in 1540 by King James V. 
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