Why Scotland and Why Now?
Tom’s father was born in Scotland making Tom a first generation Canadian. He has talked of exploring his Scottish heritage for several years. I gave him the Scotland GuideBook a couple of years ago for Christmas as a gentle nudge in the UK direction. He did not really bite.
However, when our daughter Julia announced she was doing a European tour and suggested we meet her in Scotland, Tom took the plunge and committed to the Scotland trip. The time has come in our lives to stop talking about trips we would like to take, and Just Do It!
Coincidentally, the motto for the clan Mathieson is Fac et Spera, which translates to "Do and Hope." You might say that is Gaelic for Just Do It!!
Do and Hope
Isle of Skye
The Mathiesons tell me they had a castle. “In 1539 Iain Dubh Matheson, chief of the Clan Matheson, died whilst defending the Castle on Eilean Donan island against the Clan MacDonald of Sleat on behalf of the Clan Macrae and Clan Mackenzie.” A visit to this site is on our itinerary.
And the Mathiesons have tartans, of course.
Mathieson Dress Tartan
Mathieson Hunting Tartan
The Pensive Scot
The Fullertons also hail from Scotland so we will be visiting those roots in the Ayrshire area. I've done a little research on the family name. Couldn't find a motto, a castle, or a tartan. I'm still
Until Next Time....