Celtic Festival

As the music of the old country rang through the rolling hills of Leon County, current clans from ancient days marched in line, each clan holding the crest and tartan marking their name and their history.

Joyce Oakley, president of the Celtic Festival, said, “When they come together at the games they really have a good time seeing each other and a lot of the clans that visit, we have 30 societies here today, they enjoy each other's companies."

And although the clans are joined through their connection to Scotland or Ireland, many can remember the family feuds that once caused them to bare a bitter hatred towards their countrymen. One of the major clashes took place between the Campbell’s and the MacDonald’s.

“The Campbell’s and the MacDonald’s bordered each other in Scotland. They raided each other's cattle and whatever else the most predominant story of course is the Glencow, which of course is the massacre which was in essence really not a massacre,” recalled Alfred MacDonald.

Bill Steadley-Campbell of the Campbell Clan said, “Almost 200 years ago the one they always like to hold over our heads is Glencow. It's carried on in Scotland, they take it seriously, over here we do it as a routine, ingest more than anything else."

Local clan members say they now focus on their connections to Scotland and their love for the United States of America. The Scottish Games and Celtic Festival moved to Tallahassee after they ran out of room in Monticello. Around 25,000 come out for the event.


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