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This section contains contributions from members of the Society. All contributions welcomed by the Webmaster - he would rather not invent the content!


Motoring across America 

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Back in the 1930's Clansman Bernard Thoms embarked on a trip halfway around the world. His journey included a cross-country motor expedition through the United States. Highlights of the trip were were described in pieces that he penned for publication in the Dundee Courier and Advertiser. 

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Clan Society member, Hamish Thoms, has now compiled the story of his father's adventures. Please click here to read his article.

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Added 09/09/2016


MacThomas in Shetland

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The Clan's connection with Orkney is well documented. The East window in Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall is known as the Thoms Window after George Hunter Macthomas Thoms (1831-1903). He was appointed Sheriff Principle of Caithness, Orkney and Zetland in 1870 and in his will he left a substantial part of his estate as the 'Thoms Trust Bequest' for the restoration of the Cathedral.

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We have recently discovered that there is another window named after Sheriff Thoms. This second window is located in Lerwick Town Hall, Shetland's main civic building. Please click here for more information about this second Thoms window together with an enlarged photograph.

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Added 14/06/2016


MacThomas on the Net

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Whilst browsing the Internet your Webmaster was surprised to come across an article and photographs of the Clan land at Clach na Coileach in Glenshee in an online magazine entitled "The Hazel Tree".

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The article states that it was added on 30th March 2015. However it is a bit of a mystery when the photographs were actually taken. The grass around the stane is short and there are copious molehills, which were certainly not there when the Webmaster visited towards the end August 2015. Perhaps the Hazel Tree author visited in late 2014.

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To view the article on the Hazel Tree please click here.

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Added 26/06/2016  


Wolseley visit the Cockstane

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We are always interested to find references to our Gathering place in Glenshee on the internet. Even we were surprised when we came across photographs of the Cockstane in 2014 on the Wolseley Resister car club website. It appears that club members visited the area on a 50th anniversary tour of Scotland.
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Please click here to view those photographs and a link to the website article.
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Your webmaster has strong family connections to the Alvis Register and wonders if he can arrange a visit by a selection of vintage Alvis cars to our historic site as part of their Annual Gathering in Perthshire in June 2016. That would be a sight to behold!
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Added 18/11/2015


Journey through Glenshee in 1947

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We have recently discovered a film in the National Library of Scotland that includes a short section featuring coaches and cars travelling through the Devil's Elbow north of the Spittal of Glenshee on its way to the Braemar Games in 1947. This was long before the road was improved in the 1960's. How things have changed!

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Please click here to view the film.

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The part about Glenshee starts after about three minutes and lasts for just four minutes. The "Devil's Teeth" (tank traps) that are shown in the film were installed in the early 1940's to slow a Nazi invasion and some can still be seen today when motoring up the improved A93.

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Added 17/11/2015


Glenshee in the Snow!!! New !!!

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like driving through Glenshee on the A93 when it is covered with a couple of inches of snow?

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If so why not click here to view a video of a car journey South from the Spittal in the middle of December 2014. The Clan land at the Cockstane can be seen on the right after about 1 minute 50 seconds. Looks chilly - poor trees!! Your Webmaster certainly would not be driving that fast.

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Added 02/02/2015


Skiing In Glenshee!!! New !!!

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Modern trends never cease to amaze your Webmaster - well he is getting on a bit!! He finds the practise of filming one's daily activities rather unnecessary.

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A quick search of the internet reveals a large number of videos of people enjoying themselves on the slopes at Glenshee. Some are better than others! Even your ever sceptical webmaster was impressed by the example than be viewed by clicking here.

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Added 31/01/2015


Landmark ?

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Members may have noticed that your Webmaster and Treasurer is fascinated by numbers. Since he retired he has become a bit of a Sudoku addict.

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He was therefore absolutely delighted when at 19:38 BST on Tuesday 10th June 2014 he became visitor number 33333 to the home page of the Clan MacThomas website. He is still trying to work out the odds for this. Who will be visitor number 44444?

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Added 10/06/2014


Interesting Shoes!!

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One of our officers in North America came across these shoes for sale on the internet. They are handmade in Scotland to order and are available in a number of leather colours with a huge range of tartan panels and inserts - including MacThomas Ancient or MacThomas Modern.

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There is one slight snag - the price is £360 (US$ 600) per pair of brogues. However shipping is free!

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They are a little loud for your webmaster's taste.

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To find out more please click here.

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Added 14/04/2014


Found in Germany

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The photograph shows the MacThomas Bar in Lübeck in Germany. Sadly the full name of the premises is the MacThomas Irish Pub. Trip Advisor tells us that the cuisine is Irish and that they promote the Guinness.

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A quick search on YouTube reveals that musical entertainment is also a feature.

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Added 25/09/2013


House for Sale

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"What is the Clan connection?" I hear you ask. That is simple - it is the the address:

84** MacThomas Avenue North West, North Canton, Ohio, USA.

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Five bedrooms, five bathrooms in 0.81 acres for US$394,900 - that sounds very cheap by UK standards!

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Added 25/09/2013


A Thom Family History

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The Clan Sennachie, a Thom himself, regularly browses the internet and encourages your webmaster to do the same. He recently, by chance, came across information about a recently published book, "Bervie and Beyond". Written by Colin W. Thom who lives in Queensland, Australia, the book, subtitled "Thom Family History", reaches back to the early 1700's and into the lives of the author’s paternal ancestry in North East Scotland. It then trys to chart the lives of all his descendants through to around the mid-1900's.

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To find out more about the book please click here. The author has recently joined the Clan Society.

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Added 09/08/2013

Updated 02/10/2013


Odder by the Minute!

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It is amazing what one finds whilst Browsing the web. Your webmaster accidently came across a website in Russian extolling the virtues of the Clan MacThomas - at least that is what he assumes that it is doing! He has worked out that Клан Мактомас is the Russian for Clan MacThomas; but not much more. It really is amazing that someone has spent so much time translating information about all the Scottish Clans. The page features a picture of the Cockstane in the snow - complete with a Russian name - try it!

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Please click here to view the relevant page.

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An afterthought - maybe this explains the visitors to our website from Russia - we thought that Analytics simply got in wrong!

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Added 23/03/2013


Strange Places in Scotland

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Your webmaster is always looking for something different to feature in this area of the website. He recently came across a series of videos on YouTube entitled Strange Places in Scotland - they all feature a gentleman called Jag Betty.

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Please click here to view one of the series, entitled "Stange Places in Scotland - Clach Na Coileach". This was published in January 2013 and gives a very alternative view to an area that many of us know very well. The least said about the mark that Mr Betty gives the area the better!

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Added 15/02/2013


Reproducing a Postcard

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Members who have visited Glenshee will have probably driven up the A93 to the Glenshee Ski Centre and perhaps gone on to visit Braemar. These days this is a relatively straightforward journey. In years gone by, before the road was improved in the 1960's, it was not so simple. Drivers had to negotiate the dreaded Devils Elbow.

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This well known postcard image shows the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh taking the hairpin in their Daimler. This scene has recently been reconstructed by the BBC and members who have logged on can view the video by clicking here.

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Added 28/11/2012


Motoring in Glenshee

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Your webmaster is a fairly regular visitor to the Glenshee area in Scotland. He would like to visit more often but it is a round trip of just over one thousand miles. When he does visit he often remarks upon the number of motorcyclists who seem to love driving up and down the A93 between Blairgowrie and Braemar and beyond.

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Recently he has discover that some of these motorcyclists do more than just drive up and down the road admiring the wonderful scenery. A number of them fit movie cameras to their bikes and film their journeys. Please click here to view one of the more scenic rides.

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You should be warned that viewing this video may re-ignite a desire to visit the beautiful area around Glenshee!

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Added 16/11/2012


Thoms in New Zealand

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Members Grahame and Rossie Thom were on a holiday in New Zealand in October 2012 and, whilst driving to the northern most point of the North Island, noticed this bridge with a Clan related name - Thoms Landing. The bridge crosses a small stream which heads east into Parengarenga Harbour. On returning home Grahame tried to find out the origin of the name without any success. If anyone can provide more information will they please contact the webmaster.

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Members can click here to view more photographs and a map.

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Added 20/11/2012


Professor Alexander Thom

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In the book "Sacred Sites of the Knights Templar" by John K. Young, PhD, a discussion of the megalithic site ''Carnac'', in Brittany, France, includes the following statement, "This megalithic site has been meticulously surveyed and studied by Alexander Thom, a Scottish civil engineer who took an interest in megalithic architecture and who has published numerous studies that have been well received by the scientific community".

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The text goes on to discuss Professor Thom's widely accepted hypothesis that the builders of the site exhibited a definite interest in astronomy and, from the placement of stones around Carnac, had constructed what appear to be two lunar observatories in the area. Another item of interest in this same discussion is that the Carnac site includes "Le Grand Menhir", the largest single megalithic stone known in Europe, estimated to weigh 330 tons. (Menhir is the Breton word for standing stone).

Further discussion of Professor Thom's analysis of megalithic architecture may be found in the October 2009 and July 2010 issues of the former U.S. and Canadian Branch Newsletter.

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Submitted by Rod Mooney

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More about Professor Thom

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Added 18/08/2011


A Thom in Esteemed Company

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Many of us will be familiar with the World War Two saga of young Naval officer John F. Kennedy, as narrated in the book "PT-109". As commanding officer of the PT-109 which sank after being struck by a Japanese destroyer, the future President of the United States led his crew to the shore of a nearby island. He then swam into the hostile waters of Blackett Straits in an attempt to attract a rescue vessel. Eventually he and his crew were rescued by Solomon Islanders led by a British coast watcher. His friend and companion during this entire adventure was his executive officer, Leonard J. Thom (1917 - 1946).

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More information

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Added 30/09/2011


US National Anthem

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It is possible than a Clan member was involved in the events that led up to the composing of the United States National Anthem.

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During the conflict known in America as the War of 1812, and in Britain as the Seven Years War, the US National Anthem was penned by Francis Scott Key after a night spent observing the "rockets' red glare" during the siege of Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor. The outcome of that siege was in large measure determined by two young citizens of Baltimore on the preceding day, in the approach to the Battle of North Point on 12th September 1814. Two Baltimore teenagers, Daniel Wells and Henry McComas are credited with mortally wounding British General Robert Ross. McComas was subsequently killed in the battle. The photograph shows the inscription on one face of a monument in Baltimore.

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Rod Mooney

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Sept Names

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We often write about people with our Sept names. Have we ever thought about places with these names? One of our US and Canada branch officers has just returned from a visit to the coal camp at McComas in Mercer County, West Virginia. Looks interesting.

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Please click herefor further details.

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Webmaster

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Added 05/06/2010


This is true!

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I heard the other day that one of those present at the 2008 AGM in Glenshee was so impressed by the way that the meeting was run that he asked our President if he would be prepared to become Chairman of his company. I understand that Finegand declined - citing lack of relevant experience.

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Treasurer.
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Tartan for your dog!

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We have found a website where you can buy Tartan collars, leads or kerchiefs (whatever they may be) for your favourite dog. And yes - they do MacThomas. Just use the link below:

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www.bonbrightwoolens.com

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Alternatively:www.theheelanhound.com

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What will they think of next?

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Webmaster.

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Note: Material in this area has been contributed by members and officers and must not be reproduced without their written permission. This can be obtained via the Webmaster.

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Last updated 26/3/2011

Page rebuilt 20/11/2012