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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?)

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New additions to our tree - my half-brother, James Hamilton, his children and family (with the help of Susan Hamilton - my dad`s great granddaughter)

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