Turnbull Clan Association

Tartan Day Parade - New York City

TCA member and former president, John G. Turnbull sends these photos of this year’s Tartan Day Parade, New York City. John is currently working on a book (over 400 pages) of The Turnbulls of Maryland.

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 The West Point Band  Mary, Queen of Scots (John says, obviously pre-beheading.)
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 The West Point Band prepares to march. John points out that the band’s tartan is pleated to pattern not stripe, unusual for a military tartan.  TCA’s favorite band Scocha, who traveled from Scotland to be part of the parade and festivities. (Note that thier latest CD, Scattyboo, contains the song “I Saved The King.”)

 Grandfather Mountain Games and a Wee Weddin’

When Turnbull Clan High Shenachie, Norman Turnbull and his fiance, Terri Robertson Booth talked about being married while visiting North Carolina on their trip from Scotland. Terri expressed, "All I want is a wee weddin'." And that's what she got, a wee weddin’ with about 10,000 of her closest friends.
Turnbull Clan Honorary Chief, Wally Turnbull performed the ceremony at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in front of fellow Turnbulls, Robertsons, and the many on-lookers who all enjoyed the special ceremony.

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Friday the games looked bleak but Saturday the sun was shining for a perfect wedding day!  
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 Piper Timmy Hord leads the processional with Highland Cathedral for Bride
Terri with matron of honor Elizabeth Turnbull following.
 The wedding combined the traditional and celtic complete with handfasting of the two tartan ribbons.
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 Crowds of people stopped to watch, take photos, and cheer on the happy couple. Handfasting is an ancient celtic ceremony and comes from the word ‘handfast’ meaning ‘to strike a bargain by joining hands’. Wally binds Norman and Terri’s hands as they take their vows with Turnbull and Robertson tartan ribbon. This is where the terms ”tie the knot” and ”give your hand in marriage” come from.
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The Wee Weddin' included cake with Robertson Clan ribbon, a cake topper with the groom wearing Turnbull tartan A proper march around the track led by piper, Timmy Hord and the cheers and applause of all those they passed. Tent host Scott Turnbull carries the Turnbull Standard.
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The happy groom  waves to the crowd with his smiling bride. Elizabeth Turnbull, Durham was matron of honor. Photographer of the day Andrew Turnbull with minister Wally Turnbull, best man Roberto Copa Matos and Groom Norman Turnbull.

AGM Stage For Reunions and More at the 66th Annual Seattle Scottish Highland Games
By Bill and Pat Trimble

seattle1President Rhet Turnbull, Honorary Chief Wally Turnbull, Tent Host Bill Trimble with Emma Lenz, Terri and Norman Turnbull, Betty Turnbull, Lynn Trimble Lenz and Kim Trimble prepare to march in the opening parade.The weekend of July 27-29, the Turnbull Clan Association (TCA) attended the 66th Annual Seattle Scottish Highland Games at the King County Fairgrounds in Enumclaw, Washington. Tent hosts were Bill and Pat Trimble, joined by Kim Trimble. Also present were TCA President, Rhet Turnbull; Clan Honorary Chief Wally Turnbull and his wife, Betty; special guests TCA Shenachie, our clan historian, Norman Turnbull and his wife Terri of Aberdeen, Scotland. (Norman and Terri were married by Wally at the Grandfather Mountain Games in North Carolina on Saturday, July 14, 2012.)
Friday evening, Norman Turnbull and Bill Trimble participated in the Flaming Saltire ceremony at the Fairgrounds. Throughout the weekend the weather was overcast, but the sun peeked through occasionally—perfect weather for the many Clans, vendors, bands, dancers/performers, and tourists who attended the Games.
Saturday, various members of Kim’s and Bill’s families visited our tent and joined us when we marched in the Parade of Clans. That afternoon, Ned and Janis Dairiki of Berkeley, CA arrived with their son and daughter-in-law (Jeff and Sandra Destefano) and Janis’s brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Joice Bueling, from Seattle, WA. This was their first time at the Seattle Games and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Ned and Janis’s appearance was especially nice for Pat, Bill, Kim, Betty and Wally, as this was a reunion of some of those who were part of the AGM tour in Scotland of 2007. It was a special reunion, that’s for sure!
seattle8Kim Trimble is presented with the Clan Member of the Year Award. And Betty Turnbull receives the John F. Turnbull Lifetime Achievement Award.Later that evening at the RAM Restaurant & Brewery in Puyallup, WA TCA members gathered for dinner and the AGM meeting. After dinner, Rhet called the AGM meeting to order. Several special awards were presented. Rhet announced the winner of this year’s Clan Member of the Year Award. Betty, Bullseye Editor, was delighted to be able to help present the award to a very surprised and speechless Kim Trimble. Kim has helped with Clan Tents, encouraging other members in how to begin as tent hosts for many years and most recently has served as the Feature Editor of the Bullseye. Kim finds a unique way to present stories of Scotland's past and present in the Bullseye that both entertain and educate its readers.
Following this award, Rhet announced that the officers were pleased to present another award, that had only been presented once before. It was the honored John F. Turnbull Lifetime Achievement Award. This is not an annual award, but rather one to celebrate and honor a clan member’s achievements on behalf of TCA during his/her lifetime. He was pleased to present the award to Betty Turnbull, Editor of the Bullseye, for her contribution to the Clan through the Bullseye newsletters, preserving Clan history and xx. It was a great surprise and very special moment for Betty as she was presented with this award. She feels very honored and humbled to be in the company of the first recipient, Myra Turnbull TCA co-founder.
Pat Trimble then presented newlyweds, Norman and Terri Turnbull, with a painting of Mt. Rainier by Ginny Trimble, Bill and Kim Trimble’s mother; a wedding gift that will also serve as a remembrance of the games and Washington state.
At the end of the evening, Norman and Terri did the honors, by cutting a cake, featuring the TCA Coat of Arms and a Scottish Bride and Groom! A smaller cake featured their photo that appeared in the May-June Bullseye.
Sunday Rhet joined Pat, Bill and Kim at the games and was able to spend the time talking with people who stopped by the TCA tent, visiting with various Clans, vendors, and others until it was
time for him to say ‘Goodbye’ and head to SeaTac Airport to catch his flight back to Albuquerque, NM.

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 Kim Trimble shares the day with
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 President Rhet Turnbull helps someone find their Turnbull sept.
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 Janis Dairiki wears her 2007 AGM Scotland shirt and reunites with Wally Turnbull.  Bill Trimble and Ned Dairiki catch up from the 2007 AGM.  A tiny Turnbull enjoys the Bitty Bull and his new crayons.

The 2012 AGM was a great success and lots of fun, and we are all looking forward to attending the 2013 AGM at the Grandfather Mountain Games in North Carolina!
Norman Turnbull, Turnbull Clan High Shenachie, presented a brief report about future goals. He shared that he and Terri have recently moved from Aberdeen, Scotland to Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain for warmer climate. However, this will not affect his service to the Clan. His proposal for a Turnbull Cairn in Bedrule is going forward. The Bedrule Kirk and community have granted preliminary permission. Once he receives architectural drawings, the proposal will be given to the Council for approval. At this point, the project can move forward.
Betty Turnbull announced that Norman is working on a book entitled Border Tales and Trails. She is working as an editor with Norman. The book will consist of two parts, the first being stories and history about Scotland and some of its heroes. The second part of the book will contain places of interest to visit; with why, how to get there, and what to see. It is hoped the book will be published and ready for an author signing at the 2014 AGM to be held in Scotland.
Host Pat Trimble presented Rhet, Wally and Betty, and Norman and Terri with special gifts. The meeting was adjourned. Norman and Terri were then presented with a wedding cake to celebrate their recent marriage two weeks earlier. Cake was served and everyone continued to visit and enjoy getting to know one another and reconnect with old friends.

prosserProsser, Washington Highland Fling Represented

This was the 10th Annual Fest and the 6th year that the Turnbull Clan was represented. The Hildings (from Pendleton OR) hosted the Tent and were helped by Bill and Pat Trimble (from West Richland WA). Callie, a Cairn Terrier, helped guard the tent (and the bottle of Turnbull Scotch) against fellow Reiver Clans.

There were 12 other clans represented which made this the largest Fest in Prosser to date. Many people stopped by throughout the day, checking out the books, maps and many antique weapons on display. Many young people, especially young ladies, wanted their picture taken with Angus. Pat handed out several Turnbull Clan membership forms to potential members. A great time was had by all.


Tribute to Turnbull’s ‘Baroness Betty’ Wins Best Tent Award at New Hampshire’s 37th Highland Games
by Karen Torrey, Tent Host

games tropheyThe Turnbull tent won the coveted Best Clan Tent Award at the 2012 New Hampshire Highland Games, Loon Mountain.The largest Scottish cultural festival in the Northeast was held September 21-23 at Loon Mountain ski resort in Lincoln NH. After an auspicious beginning – Clan Johnstone informed me I was setting up our Turnbull Clan Association tent backwards – my husband Michael and I began an eventful and exciting weekend in the mountains that we have had the good fortune to hike in for decades. Many host tents commented on having the best weather in years with not a single day of rain or heavy wind gusts (for these mountains, anything less than 30 MPH is just a breeze).
This story began months ago when Mark Turnbull, who has hosted the tent for many years, asked if I would host the tent for the TCA with my family. With trepidation and even a little fear, I started assuming the honor and privilege from Mark, our Turnbull Clan Person of the Year in 2007. I acquired years of materials that Mark had collected and organized, cataloged and referenced.
Friday began with lots of support from adjacent clans and lots of “Where’s Mark” questions. My first thought, after surviving the tent setup (the equivalent of fitting ten pairs of shoes in one shoe box), was how I first heard the Turnbull story.I remembered my grandmother telling our story first, that my great uncla Arthur, while travelling in the Highlands was told that they didn’t sell “the lowland plaids" there. As the full Turnbull story unfolded from memories and stories told by my elders, I saw a black and white copy of the Bullseye at a family reunion. My curiosity about my heritage is what took us to Scotland for the 30th clan anniversary and landed me in that TCA tent.
I was able to visit the cemetery in Rossie, NY, where Sara is buried along with her family. She traveled from Nova Scotia, down the St. Lawrence and set down roots in Rossie, only 20 minutes from my home town of Brasie Corners, NY. Every Sunday, we traveled to the Rossie Catholic Church for services. I am now blessed with many friendships among the clan. What a great life!
The connection was affirmed in 2007 when I travelled with fellow clan members to Scotland with my 4 sons, Carter, Cameron, Cassidy and Collin, and husband Mike to celebrate our heritage and 30 years in the books for the clan. The rest is history. Thus began my dilemma of how best to represent our clan at the Highland Games. How do you winnow down that awesome history and convey the story to others in a 10 by 10 foot tent?
games tent overallKaren Torrey, with help from veteren tent host Mark Turnbull, hosts her first tent at the 2012 New Hampshire Highland Games.My mind was drawn to the larger Turnbull story and how our little family fit within the larger context. Having seen Betty Turnbull in her element in Scotland, I decided to center the exhibit around the idea of representing her ‘in situ.’ I took a photo from the back cover of Betty’s book and enlarged it to 24” X 36” and set Betty’s portrait in a chair for all to see. Around her, I arranged the tables with artifacts from many generations of Turnbulls passed down to me: a bible from 1875, inherited by my grandmother; dishes passed down to my Aunt Nancy from the Dibbles; an engraved Turnbull silver serving spoon from my great-grandmother. Of great interest was the gold bar that Norman Turnbull had viewed and thought representative of the 17th century that is kept in a chainmail purse also belonging to the Dibbles great-great grandmother. The Scots are known for their cheekiness. games BaronessA tribute to “Baroness Betty” Turnbull also included Myra Turnbull and Dorothy Turnbull Berk.Acknowledging that the English Queen celebrated a 60th jubilee, I felt that our own Baroness needed equal billing. With the normal disregard for proper English etiquette, we held our own Turnbull Tribute jubilee, dedicated to Betty Turnbull, who recently was honored with the John F Turnbull Lifetime
Achievement Award. Along with Betty, we also honored TCA co-founder Myra Turnbull and Dorothy Turnbull Berk, founder of TCA USA. Betty’s 3 books – The Man Who Saved the King, Abigail and the Royal Thread and Isobel’s New World – were big hits. The proceeds of those sold were dontated to the clan tent fund.
Clan tents are judged on information, presentation and educational content. I checked off the items in my head. Information – Mark Turnbull has collected so much information the challenge was to find the essential elements; Presentation - how could a Turnbull Tribute to Baroness Betty be anything less than a winner? Education was my primary challenge – being a visual person, I decided to try to show the Highlands and the Borders (I refuse to call our ancestral lands Lowlands!) landscape, using a table size tableau. A green throw covered a plastic mold of hills and valleys, representing the abundant visual squares of pristine land. A Scottish map towel, draped over the tableau, allowed me to place family photos from our 2007 trip – the Torreys at Stirling Castle, the Torreys at Bedrule
games karen paradeKaren Torrey marches in the Clan Parade and Roll Call.games tent bearsA display of literature, Bulleyes, and more add to the information sKirk, the Torreys at Hawick, the Torreys at Fatlips Castle and the Earl of Minto’s land and buildings – on the towel map showing location and providing a personal connection to the landscape. Finally, I hung our coat of arms Turnbull Crest flag that traveled back from Scotland with us, and the “Man who Saved the King” poster from Hawick in our tent. I was ready to tell our story.
When children asked to have their passport stamped, I would tell them our story first, showing the visual representation, going to our Tribute to Betty, keeping a crown there to draw questions, then travel to the opposite side of the tent with literature and Bullseye newsletters and pictures of our 2 Border Collies – Dottie and Coby. Who can resist dog pictures? I showed them the picture of my son Collin holding a red falcon in Scotland, my great-grandfather’s wedding picture when he wed Anna, and stones from our homeland in Bedrule.
Friday I opened our tent with trepidation, but family arrived from Canada, Dick and Johanne Turnbull, and then the fun began! The sun followed them and the Turnbull story was told over and over again. After traveling for hours to compete in the Celtic Highland Dance competition, Karla Turnbull visited the tent. Her dancing outfit was gorgeous!
Dick’s sister and her husband, Pam Turnbull-Merrill and Bruce Merrill, stopped by the tent, travelling from Maine. We became fast friends when all piled into our car to be chauffered to their parking spots.
Saturday was resplendent, with great fall weather, lots of new memberships, including some friends of Turnbulls, and Mark’s arrival. It was such a joy to embrace him and watch so many clan hosts, guests and NHHG committee members catch up with Mark. His presence brought many visitors to the tent, a constant flow passing through.
Mark and I carried the clan flag high, waving and unfurling in the wind, proudly proclaiming “Fortune Favors the Brave” at the Clan Parade and Roll Call. Mike covered the tent while we marched (thanks for all the hot coffee and hard labor, Mike).
games tent mountainsKaren created a landscape of the HIghlands to the Borders that featured highlights from the TCA AGM trip of 2007.games MarkMark Turnbull stands ready to parade with the Turnbull flag.We carried our flags to the unveiling of the Scottish Stone at Loon. Major contributors received the finest "Scottish water," a very fine water indeed. The Stone represents a meaningful and lasting tribute to the clans, volunteers, competitors and supporters of the NH Highland Games. In addition to the Stone itself, a Clan Plaque, a memorial, and a walkway are planned in the future to be part of the tribute.
The hardest part of the day came when Mark departed. I told him it is an honor and a privilege to be his cousin and to be the face of the Turnbull Clan at the games. He saluted me, and disappeared in a cloud of smoke. Not really, but it would have been pretty cool if he had!
Sunday's Kirkin was my solo and first walk for Clan Turnbull. The day was crisp and though many tears were shed during Kirkin, peace and light filled the clan attendees.

So what is your story? How did it begin? Start now – become a tent host. Learn, live, and tell our story. We were awarded the Clan Tent of the Games cup for best Clan tent. So much of what I presented came from Mark Turnbull’s efforts over the years. I had all the information for education because of Mark, as well as the inspiration to do the best job I could. With that said, I proudly dedicate the 2012 Clan Turnbull Tent Award to Mark Turnbull. He made it what it is today.

games dancerDancer Karla Turnbull takes time out to visit the Turnbull Clan Tent and meet Karen Torrey, tent host.  games mark johnsonCatherine Postier, Secretary of Clan Johnston and neighboring tent catches up with Mark Turnbull.

Central Virginia Celtic & Highland Games
by Bill and Claudia Trimble

vagames1vagames2Bill and Claudia with Bill’s cousins Michael Sr. and Kelly Good, Michael Jr. and Alyssa Good.The paths set before us in our lives are not always those we have previously chosen, but we believe they may be given to us for the better good. Almost four years ago two of our children and their families were relocated to Virginia. The younger daughter called us and said “you won’t believe this, but there is a Trimble family living next door to us.” They have since developed a bond of friendship, but didn’t know the connection to my Trimble family. Now, three years later, Claudia and I decided to move to Virginia to be closer to the families and grandchildren.
As previous Turnbull Clan tent hosts in Arizona, we decided to join the festivities at the Central Virginia Celtic and Highland Games in Richmond. We set our expectations low to start with as we do not know many people in the area. We began to share our plans with the other Trimble family and excitement began to grow. They invited another Trimble brother, who then shared the plan with another brother. That brother then invited another Trimble from Washington D.C. The reunion at the Turnbull Clan tent resulted in the reconnection and reconciliation of those brothers. We also had a visit with my first cousin from Virginia Beach. Until this year, we had not seen each other since we were boys.
vagames3The Trimble men; Bill, Joe, John, Patrick, and Bradley.Hosting a Clan tent is certainly a lot of work and can be a bit costly, but we have found the rewards to be worth the investment. Many people stopped by our tent to see who we were. Some came by to look at the maps and sept boards. They wanted to find out where they belonged. I think a lot of people come to the Games because they want to find their people. They want to belong to something greater and perhaps reconnect with the family. Scottish culture has a strong history of family. This weekend we were rewarded with the reconnection of one such family.

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