Greenlaw Family Association Reunion 2008

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The 2008 Greenlaw Family Association Reunion was held in conjunction with the 27th New Brunswick Highland Games and Scottish Festival in Fredericton. The Home Clan, of which the Greenlaw Family is a sept, was the Honored Clan at the Games.

Greenlaws on the steps of Fredericton City Hall, with the Greenlaw Tartan Flag leading the paradeThe Greenlaw Family Reunion Celebratory Dinner, held on Thursday evening, July 24th,  was the kickoff event for the entire weekend; it was a lovely and unforgettable affair.  His Honour, Lieutenant Governor Hermenegilde Chaisson agreed to act as Honorary Patron for the Greenlaw Family Reunion and accepted our invitation to attend the Greenlaw Celebratory Dinner with his wife, Madam Babineau, as our honored guests. Their presence lent an air of elegance to the festivities and contributed so much toward making the evening a memorable one.

We were also honored with the presence of Albert C. Eaton, President of the Clan Home Society.  Mr. Eaton favored us with his wonderful bagpiping at the dinner, as well as his company throughout the weekend.IMG_3065

Our Greenlaw Family Reunion was very successful. The “Research Workshop” tour at the Provincial Archives and multi-media presentation documenting the early years of the Greenlaw Family from 1753-1762 was given by James Greenlaw received excellent reviews. In the hotel conference center, those attending had many opportunities to share genealogical information with one another and to add to their own ancestral line.

As the Honored Clan with Clan Home, the Greenlaw Family enjoyed several rare and wonderful experiences.  We marched with our banners and flags down Queen Street on Friday from the Legislative Building to City Hall led by the Fredericton Pipe Band.  At City hall the flag of Scotland was raised as May Woodside read a proclamation officially opening the Scottish Games.  On Sunday, as Host Clan, we led all the clans into the Music Tent where a beautiful service was held to commemorate the blessing of the tartans. And, in the the closing ceremonies, the Greenlaws awarded trophies to the winners of the dance, pipe, and drum competitions.  We had front row seats for the Massed Bands, which marched across the field toward us.  The beauty and pageantry of those moments will remain with us.

Jim Greenlaw of Rochester, NY making a presentation on Greenlaw family historyOn August 20, 2008, the Greenlaw Family Association received a letter of appreciation from His Honour, Lieutenant Governor Chaisson. The letter read in part: “I want you to know what a pleasure it was having dinner with your Family and meeting many of them during the New Brunswick Highland Games and Scottish Festival at the end of July.  Family reunions are always such a joy and, in many cases, a time to meet relatives you have never met before. I was delighted to be a part of it!”

The eventful 2008 Reunion was made possible by the initiative and creativity demonstrated by our beloved friend, the Founder and President of the Greenlaw Family Association, who, sadly, had died on January 10, 2008. 

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The Greenlaw Family Association was founded in 2004 as a result of ongoing interest evolving out of the bi-sesquicentennial celebrations held in Brunswick, Maine, in August of 2003, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the arrival of William and Jane Greenlaw and their children in America in 1753 after having left their native Scotland.

The Greenlaw Family Association is a non-profit, all-volunteer association dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the Greenlaw Family heritage.

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