|About Alba Gu Brath
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My maiden name is Victoria Hamilton (Vicki for short). My parents were Mary Catherine Roney Scally Lavery (My Mum with a good old Irish catholic name) and George Hamilton (My Dad, with a good old Scottish protestant name), whose parents, Nancy tells me, originally came from Peebles in Scotland. Not a very good mix if you come from Scotland! Hence the Lavery/Hamilton connection to the "Alba gu brath" McFarlane family tree. I am happily married to my husband STEWART ANDREW MCFARLANE (in fact twice married to him - he earned a year off for bad behaviour!) and we have 2 wonderful sons, Paul John Andrew and Jeffrey George (Paul, the elder is unmarried though has a life partner, Shaun Roux, and Jeff is married to Karen and they have two children, Kayla and Jarrod). We are typical proud Scots folk from Glasgow in Scotland who emigrated to Benoni, South Africa, when the children were 3 years and 9 months old. Although we adore South Africa - this country has been kind to us - like most Scots people, we still believe in the saying "East, West, "hame's best"! For Stewart, he believes "East, West, "East" is best" as the East is his favourite holiday destination and believe you me he loves to "holiday"! Preparing this family tree is a relatively new hobby for me and so far I haven't been able to spend much time in tracing ancestors. But I'm getting there and hopefully soon I will be able to add more names and photographs. A message to the family who visit the site occasionally - edit and add as much as you like - perhaps one day your children will look and smile! I also have to work on additions to the Stirling family as Nancy (my eldest sister) has quite an extended family, including a lovely great, grandson! In time I hope to make this a little more interesting for all the family and any of our friends who enjoy a laugh! Referring to Keith, Claudia and Charles Domingo, of course! Regarding the "Alba gu brath" McFarlane family tree, the following may be of interest : CLAN MacFarlane MOTTO This I'll Defend! WAR CRY Loch Sloy! CREST A Demi Savage brandishing in his right hand a broadsword and pointing with his left hand to an imperial crown. FAVOURITE SAYINGS "ALBA GU BRATH" Scotland forever! and .... "Slainte" (pronounced Slange) meaning "Cheers" and the reply .... "Slainte Va" (pronounced Slangy Va) meaning "Cheers also to you" Our friend, Charles Domingo, has learned these Scottish words off by heart and if it weren't for his slightly dark skin (sorry, Charles) you'd swear he was Scottish! The clan is Celtic in origin and the first chief descended from the Earls of Lennox in the 13th century. The clan lands were principally on the western shores of Loch Lomond (remember the bonny bonny banks o' Loch Lomond) and they fought against Mary Queen of Scots at the Battle of Langside (Don't forget Mary Queen of Scots was Roman Catholic and the clans were, I believe, divided into those that were "pro Protestant" and those that were "pro Catholic" - if my memory serves me right). In 1608 they were outlawed for killing the chief of Clan Colquhoun. It's possible they left Scotland for Ireland at that time (in rather a hurry!). In Ireland, I think, their Mac then changed to Mc. (Incidentally, Mac Farlane means son of Farlane and originally the name was Mac Pharlane) The Chiefship is vacant (any takers?) I Enjoy !!