The History of The Council Of Scottish Clans And Associations, Inc.
The Need For COSCA Is Seen
In 1972, Dr. Herbert P. MacNeal, while
researching his own Scottish heritage, made his first trip to the mountains
of Western North Carolina for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Over the
next couple of years, he found many others among the attendees who shared his both
interest in his Scottish heritage and a desire to share this heritage with others.
As he visited the various Clan and Society tents upon Macrae Meadows, it became
obvious to Sr. Macneal that there was no liason between these autonomous organizations.
Each had been created by a dedicated band of individuals who frequently had to struggle
in unfamiliar territory as their Societies grew and prospered.
Dr. MacNeal realized that sharing these experiences would be immensely helpful to
other fledgling Societies. He envisioned an overall organization that could
provide this missing link between the independent Clans, Societies and Scottish
groups. This organization would be tasked with facilitating an open exchange of
ideas and information in promoting their common Scottish heritage.
COSCA is Formed
Meeting with Clan leaders in 1974, Dr. MacNeal found there was an interest in
forming an umbrella organization. Eventually, the fledgling organization from
which COSCA decends was born with election of Officers and the establishment
of a mission to preserve and promote the customs, traditions and heritage of
the Scottish people. The name of the new organization was The Council of
Scottish Clan Associations.
Our Early Years
The section is TBS. Include name change.
Our Recent Years
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This page has been prepared by the Council
of Scottish Clans and Associations, Inc.. It was last updated February 13, 2001.
© 2001 Council for Scottish Clans And Associations, Inc.