Winter 2015 Newsletter

President's Message

by CRSA President Michael L. (Mick) Rose

Greetings Clan Rose Members!

The new season of Scottish Games are upon us. This year kicked off here on the West Coast aboard the Queen Mary on Valentine's Day weekend.  It was be good to be back in the swing of things.  This also brings up our upcoming AGM which we are proud to announce will be held in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee during the Smokey Mountain Highland Games on May 16 and 17 .  This will be an important AGM because three of our Board Members are up for re-election, or, if any of you want to step up and run for their office your are encouraged to do so!   

The officer positions up for election are:

1.  Vice President (currently held by Greg Rose)

2.  Treasurer (currently held by Rick Novosad)

3.  Secretary (currently held by Colleen Rose Jones)

With our membership up and funds growing in our treasury, we also need to make some determinations as to how to distribute the monies you donate to CRSA. Your board is hard at work identifying awards and scholarships that we can commit to fund annually, such as best  piper, best drummer, best dancer and heavy games competitor.  As always, we welcome input from you-- for example, what the requirements might be for CRSA to award its first educational scholarship.  

So as you can see, this year's AGM will be an important one, and I encourage you to attend.

I pray your families are all doing well, are healthy and happy.  I hope to see you in person at one of the games.

 In your service,

 Mick Rose KTJ


A Reception Turns into a Windfall!

Jamie Lord Sempill and CRSA's 2016 Scotland Trip: A Happy Confluence

On December 3, 2014, CRSA held a reception to honor Rose cousin and member of the peerage Jamie Lord Sempill.  All CRSA members were invited to attend, with special focus on those living within driving distance of the Charlotte, NC area. About twelve individuals attended, including CRSA members Bill Rose and Rebecca Rose Ragsdale.  CRSA Secretary Colleen Rose Jones and her husband Chris proudly wore Clan Rose tartan and played host and hostess.Lord Jamie wore Clan Forbes.  Lord Jamie was in the area to reconnect with CRSA member Sally Causey, whose family he had guided on a specially-tailored tour of the Inverness area.

Lord Jamie operates http:// and offers custom-tailored tours designed to focus on local connections to the traveler's own clan and if possible, own family.  He works with the traveler's specific inclinations or  family lore and can bring in leading Edinburgh genealogists to assist in uncovering places to tour that have a specific connection to the traveler's own family. He even described one traveler for whom he was able to locate the crofter's cottage from whence her ancestors had departed for the United States. 

THE BIG NEWS FOR CRSA, that Lord Jamie has agreed to assist CRSA Vice President Greg Rose in fleshing out our planned CRSA trip to Scotland. It's been decided that in order to give everyone time to plan, save up and get it on their calendars, the trip will be delayed until 2016. We know we've said this before, but we promise, it's coming soon, and it will have been worth the wait.  Lord Jamie is hard at work reviewing and changing the limited agenda that we had thus far, contacting Chief David on some ideas about Kilravock, and researching some special events that might be worked into the agenda to make our trip a one-of-a-kind visit to the ancestral homeland.  The conference calls are flyng and, once the itinerary and timeframe is just a little more set, we plan to conduct an online survey of CRSA members to gauge the level of interest and get an idea of the number of people who might join the trip, and to solicit preferences for some of the suggested activities. Look for it in your inboxes soon, and read on to share the type of experience we might have.
Jamie Lord Sempill

Discovering My Rose Roots

This article was written by Gisela Williams, and was originally published in the Wall Street Journal on May 17, 2013. We republish it here with gratitude, having made some edits only for space concerns.

My father and I were the only people eating in the dining room of Kilravock Castle in the Scottish Highlands—but we were hardly alone. The cream-papered walls were hung with portraits of former chiefs of the Rose clan. Several, with elaborate wigs and fleshy noses, stared disconcertingly down at us.

"I think I see a family resemblance," I said to Dad, only half joking.

Neither of us had been before to Kilravock, a stone manor built around a 15th-century fortified tower. (Bonnie Prince Charlie is said to have slept there in the 1740s and Cawdor Castle, mentioned in Shakespeare's "Macbeth," is next door.) But we had heard about the place all our lives.

My father believed the family lore that we were direct descendants of the owners of Kilravock Castle. I, on the other hand, was skeptical. For his 70th birthday I hired a niche travel company to plan a trip to Scotland—and settle the castle question once and for all.

Kiravock Castle image by David Greenhalgh

I asked our travel agent to limit our expedition to three nights (two in a cottage on the grounds of Kilravock) and to focus on the castle and my great-grandmother, Constance Baillie Rose. Born in Canada to Scottish immigrants, she married well and, though her husband abandoned her, raised four overachieving children. My grandmother became a costume designer who worked with Fred and Adele Astaire; her brother Dillon was head of the Smithsonian Institution.

The next morning, our guide met us in the 18th-century building that houses the National Records of Scotland. Eight months after I had given her everything we had on Constance and the castle, my father and I landed in Edinburgh. The city was majestic but unexpectedly chilly, even for early May. We took a brisk walk up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle, then retreated to the National Museum of Scotland to learn more about our ancestral homeland's history. As we wandered rooms filled with centuries-old weapons, we realized just how bloody and constant the local struggles for power had been—hence, the stone tower at the heart of Kilravock.

My father's mother, Constance Williams, wore scarves in the Rose family tartan. The Tudor-style mansion that her father and mother, Constance Baillie Rose, built in Litchfield, Connecticut., was dubbed Kilravock. Both women were named in honor of the Rose clan's motto: "Constant and True."

"There are endless Roses in the world, and thousands in the Scottish Highlands alone," our guide declared. "But only a few can trace their family line back to Kilravock."

Though she knew how our quest would end, she made us start at the beginning by looking up several dusty records (a birth certificate, a wedding contract, a will) that belonged to Constance Baillie's grandfather, the Rev. Lewis Rose. They revealed that my great-great-great-grandfather was born in 1791—not at the castle, which would have quickly confirmed our family connection, but on a farming estate nearby.

"Unfortunately, it seems the trail ends there," our guide said. "At least for today."

Constance Baillie Rose and some of her grandchildren image by Gisela Williams

A chauffeured car took us into the raw, dramatic Highlands as we were regaled with stories of a headstrong ancestor. One Rev. Rose had been involved in the Disruption of 1843, when 450 ministers left the Church of Scotland for the Free Church of Scotland, which rejected control by the state or aristocracy. He was relocated from Glasgow to the seaside village of Tain, to help prevent dissent from spreading.

The move was probably a disappointment for him—as Kilravock initially was for us. The castle was our first stop in the Highlands, and even as we pulled into its drive, we could see that the facade was crumbling. The inside was gloomy and cold, and calling it a "castle" was a stretch. Still, the notion that our ancestors had lived (and plotted) there was captivating.

"It's an album of the villagers who lived here in the late 1800s," explained one volunteer for Tain Through Time. She carefully turned pages of sepia-toned photos until she reached one of a minister with wild gray hair and a severe expression. Rev. Rose bore a startling similarity to my father, and we became so engrossed in reading letters related to his battles with the town that we nearly forgot about the castle.The following morning we drove an hour or so to Tain, where we wandered among the moss-covered gravestones in the tiny cemetery of St. Duthac church. In the historical society nearby, two women waited for us with a tattered book.

Love of whiskey may have been what drove the reverend's third son—Constance Baillie's father—to emigrate. In his early 30s he moved to London to become a spirits merchant. But our guide showed us a page from the Edinburgh Gazette from 1854, reporting that Lewis Rose had been sued by his creditor and his estate confiscated. Just as well. she reminded us that a 1928 book of Church of Scotland ministers listed Rev. Rose's father, Alexander, as a "tacksman." That meant a landholder, one often related to the clan chief—but it was hardly a definitive link to Kilravock. At least where our family trail ended again, the whiskey trail began. We detoured to the renowned Glenmorangie distillery for a tour and tasting.

"Guess who was suing him?" she asked, pausing dramatically. "His own father, the reverend." Little wonder Canada had seemed appealing.

We stopped for tea at Lethen House, an 18th-century manse owned by local amateur historian Sarah Brodie. Our guide had asked if Rev. Rose's father's farm appeared on the old maps piled in one of Ms. Brodie's libraries. It didn't, but other documents placed the property at a bend of the Nairn River.

Our guide led us to an abandoned church near that slow turn, surrounded by woods and fields. It was where our ancestors would have come to pray, she said, and a number of Roses lay beneath worn stone markers in the graveyard. Rev. Rose's father, however, didn't seem to be among them. Yet another picturesque dead end.

On the way back to the castle, our guide explained that in Scotland, the first son inherited the chief's title and land. "When the chief could afford to give the second and third son some property," she said, "he would." She pointed out a grand estate peeking above a line of pine trees: Holme Rose, property the eighth Baron of Kilravock gave his second son, Alexander, in the 1400s.

We toured nearby Nairn, a fishing port ruled for centuries by the Roses, then drove through fields to the Bronze-Age Clava Cairns, two bus-size circles of stones set within an eerily silent grove. As we explored, our guide announced that she had a final tidbit to divulge.

Ten minutes later, our car crunched onto the tree-lined drive leading to Holme Rose, the stone manor we had spied beyond the trees. Waiting for us was John Rose-Miller, an older gentleman who had been born there—and who was our cousin, many times removed."Remember how we couldn't get any further than Lewis Rose's father?" she asked. An older edition of the Church of Scotland book contained an interesting footnote, she said, pointing to the entry for the reverend: "Lewis Rose, grandson of David Rose of Leanach, descended of Holme Rose."

The Reverend Lewis Rose image by Gisela Williams

Dad and I were both right, it turns out. We are connected to the chiefs of Kilravock, but the link is a tenuous one. It goes back more than 500 years, when one of our forebears founded the Holme Rose line.

On the way back to Edinburgh, my father and I decided that we were not disappointed by what we'd learned. If anything, we were happy to adopt the Holme Rose family motto, " 'I Dare.' 

Clan Rose 2015 AGM

Clan Rose's Annual General Meeting of Members will be held at this year's Smokey Mountain Highland Games , May 16-17, 2015 at Maryville College. Have you booked your room yet? Click here for a list of hotels at which you might stay.The host hotel is the Hilton Knoxville Airport . Tickets are available here, and hotel rooms sell out. As is our custom, we will hold the Clan Rose AGM at 2pm Saturday at the Clan Rose tent. Please make your plans to come NOW and look for more information from us with details of the AGM to come. Bring your folding chairs, too, as our AGM is always packed and there are only a few chairs available at the Clan Rose tent.

At this year's AGM, for the first time, we have Board of Director/Officer positions up for election. Three members of our hard-working board were elected to two-year positions, which expire at the end of this calendar year. This is official notice that those elections will be held at the 2015 AGM. All paid up members of CRSA are entitled to vote. We welcome any nominations to fill these positions, which are, as Mick noted above, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Self-nominations are fine! We encourage you to get involved. Please contact if you'd like to nominate someone, including yourself, for one of the positions. Your service would begin in January 2016. Nominees should either be present at the AGM and prepared to give their background to the membership, or able to Facetime into the meeting to do the same.  Get involved!
Did You Eat Your Haggis?
January 25th is the anniversary of the birthday of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns.
Traditional 'Burns Night' or Burns Nicht celebrations are held on or around that day, to honor him and to celebrate his life and work.  These suppers began shortly after his death at the end of the 18th century, and have continued through today.  Burns suppers may be formal or informal, and are appropriate occasions for Highland dress.  Formal suppers follow a standard format, with a welcome from the host, The Selkirk Grace, a soup course (cock-a-leekie or Scotch broth, and the main event, the piping of the Haggis. Traditonally, the Haggis is walked into the room and placed on the main table to the accompaniment of bagpipes, and then Robert Burns' famous 'Address to a Haggis' is recited, preferably in the Gaelilc. At the end of the recitation of this poem, a whisky toast will be made to the Haggis, and then all will eat.  Short speeches, other toasts, and a customary Address to the Ladies will also be included. Other selections from Robert Burns may be recited as the group eats. The host will, at the conclusion of the meal, call upon one of the diners for a vote of thanks, and then all will stand and sing Auld Lang Syne.
Have you Gotten Your Clan Rose T Shirt Yet?
Image courtesy of Celtic Jackalope
Did you know that the folks who host our Clan Rose tents at the various highland games events across the country are volunteers, whose expenses are not reimbursed by CRSA? We'd love to change this, but with only ~200 or so members, our budget does not allow for CRSA to assist. In order to defray their expenses, a number of our tent hosts sell tee shirts with the above logo on them, as well as other shirts with different expressions of Clan Rose pride. At the moment, CRSA is aware that Patrice May sells these at various games she hosts: The Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games, the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games, the Portland, OR, Highland Games, and The Caledonian Club of San Francisco Highland Gathering and Games. Colleen Jones will be placing a wholesale order soon, to have some on hand at the games she will be hosting this year: Loch Norman Highland Games, The Greenville South Carolina Scottish Games, and the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.  We'll also try to have a number of them on hand at our AGM at The Smokey Mountain Highland Games. For the dates and info on each of these games, please click on the links in the sidebar. If you'd like to order one to wear to a games near you, please order one through either Patrice May or Colleen Jones. If you are a CRSA tent host selling these or any other items to defray your tent hosting costs (which remember are tax deductible), please let us know so we can feature your items in an upcoming CRSA newsletter issue and assist you in generating sales! We appreciate our tent hosts very much!

Membership Report 

from Patrice May, Membership Chair

Our membership continues to grow! With our new website, our increased publication of our activities and Games, and especially our new Facebook page, we add members to CRSA weekly!  CRSA welcomed 41 new members in the last quarter of 2014 and first quarter (so far) of 2015. Tell your friends! Tell your family!  And, if you are getting this newsletter but know that you haven't renewed, please please please renew! You won't have necessarily received an invoice, but please do contact Patrice May at and renew now! A Lifetime Membership is only $250 right now--who knows how long we'll be able to keep this top-tier class of membership at this affordable level? It's 10 years' worth of annual dues at the Individual Level--pay in advance and know it's done!


Financial Report

CRSA's Treasurer, Rick Novosad, reports that at year end, our treasury contained $4,595.18. He is working on CRSA's first-ever set of tax returns, and will be filing those timely by the April 15, 2015 deadline. A hearty thank you to Rick for all of this hard work---dealing with the IRS is never easy!

CRSA is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization. Its FEIN is 46-3351031. CRSA is dedicated to educating the public about Scottish history in general and Clan Rose history in particular.

Se Ur Beatha - Late 2014 and Early 2015 New Members

John Barron
Stephen Boutwell
Jack D. Boyd
Janet E. Brown
Anne-Marie Burnett
Ailaina Edgerly
Marliese Edgerly
Patricia Rose-Toy
James A. Rose V and Joan S. Rose
Sharon Rose
Stacy Shields
Shirley A. Kanode
Joe M. Barron
Jean Hedges

Marilyn Van Story
Rich Wilkin
Mary Wilkins

Ceud mile failte! (A hundred thousand welcomes) and Thank you!

It's a New Season for Games!

Games with a Clan Rose Tent:

March 21-22: Arizona Scottish Gathering and Highland Games
April 18-19: Loch Norman Highland Games
April 25-26 :  Scacramento Valley Scottish Games

May 16-17: Smoky Mountain Highland Games and AGM
May 17-18:  Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games
May 23-24:  Greenville South Carolina Scottish Games
May 29-31: Glasgow Highland Games
May 29-31 
June 12-13
: Utah Highland Games |
June 13
: Ft. Ticonderoga Scots Day |
July 9-12: Grandfather Mountain Highland Games |
July 18: Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival |
July 18:  Portland Highland Games

August 22: Quechee Scottish Festival |
Septmber 5-6: Caledonian Club of San Francisco Highland Gathering |
September 10-13: Longs Peak Scotish-Irish Highland Festival
September 12-13
: Columbus Scottish Festival |
September 18-20: New Hampshire Highland Games |
October 16-18
: Stone Mountain Highland Games |
October 25-26: Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games |

Lochaber No More

James Alfred Bullman d. July 22, 2014 Read Obituary

Ariel M. Green d.October 6, 2014 Read Obituary


CRSA is not aware of the passing of any other any members passing at this time. If you are, please let us know at

CRSA Officers

Michael L. (Mick) Rose
970 Park Way
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
213-400-9717 (c)

Vice President:
Greg K. Rose
2482 Clear Creek Road
Nicholasville, KY 40356
859-361-7132 (c)
859-885-1854 (h)

Rick Novosad
705 Otter Court
Fairfield, CA 95433
707-372-3854 (c)
707-427-2065 (h)

Colleen Rose Jones
18704 John Connor Road
Cornelius, NC 28031
704-900-4224 (c)
704-302-1462 (h)

Membership Chair:
Patrice A. May
1188 Cragmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94708
510-207-9652 (c)
510-848-1188 (h)

Media Technician:
Michael Rose
27440 Highway 74
Evergreen, CO 80439
719-271-6111 (c)

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