Greenlaw Family Association Reunion | September 6-8, 2013, on Deer Isle, ME

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This year, 2013, marks the 260th Anniversary of William and Jane Greenlaw and their family in America.  In the summer of 1753, they left Greenock, Scotland, the 18th century port area for the western part of Scotland, and sailed across the Atlantic, landing near the present town of Warren, Maine (then a district of Massachusetts). By 1762, William Greenlaw and four of his six sons had traveled northward and settled on Deer Isle, one of the Island's first founding families.

The schedule for the Reunion Weekend will begin on Friday, September 6th, at 12:00 noon at the Masonic Lodge building in the village of Deer Isle with a brief ceremony that includes the raising of the American flag and the Greenlaw tartan flag to designate the building as Greenlaw "headquarters" for the weekend.

On Friday afternoon, there will be interesting exhibits and materials to investigate and review, many opportunities for discussion and sharing genealogical material with Greenlaw "cousins" (copiers will be available), a workshop by Dr. William Haviland on "Greenlaw Houses still standing on the Island". There will be a celebratory dinner that evening at Fisherman's Friend Restaurant in Stonington, overlooking the harbor, followed by Scottish entertainment.

On Saturday, September 7th, an Open House for the Greenlaw Family Association will be held at the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society from 9:00-11:30 a.m.  All buildings will be open and fully staffed, including the archives, 1830 Sellers House, Maritime Exhibit Hall, a new post and beam barn with displays of Island History, and the old post office/gift shop where books and copies of early maps can be purchased.  A catered picnic lunch will follow at "headquarters" and two workshops will be held in the afternoon.  A "Downeast Lobster Dinner"  and Scottish music will highlight the evening at Goose Cove Resort in Deer Isle.

On Sunday, September 8th, several options will be available, including church services in Deer Isle, Stonington or Oceanville, a self-guided tour of Greenlaw houses still standing, boat trips around the island, air tours of the area, or breakfast and shopping in downtown Stonington. A Service of Remembrance to honor our Greenlaw ancestors will be held at 12:00 noon at Mount Adams Cemetery in Deer Isle where many Greenlaws are buried; a bagpiper will play the poignant Scottish tune, "Flowers of the Forest" to conclude the service and the Reunion Celebration.

Deer Isle is a spectacularly beautiful Island, and a vacation destination for many.  Information about Deer Isle, and its accommodations may be viewed at

We hope to see you there!

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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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