Grandfather Mountain
Highland Games 2004

As posted to the Sinclair-Discussion list.

For photos of the Sinclairs at the 2004 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans, visit Mel Sinclair’s family website.

   Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2004 20:28:57 -0400
   From: "Mel Sinclair"
Subject: Grandfather Mt. Games Gathering Info and Important Deadline

Greetings from the Carolinas (USA) to Friends and members of Clan Sinclair!

Connect to the website of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, GMHG.org

Our most noble Clan Sinclair is to be recognized once again! Clan members and friends, it is nearly time for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (July 8-11 - http://www.gmhg.org), however as you may well know, this year is significantly different. The hereditary Chief of Clan Sinclair, Lord Caithness, the Right Honorable The Earl of Caithness, will be the Honored Guest, with Clan Sinclair being the honored Clan. I know that you will not want to miss this opportunity to spend time with Malcolm and to get caught up on the news surrounding our Clan activities and the Trust.

The atmosphere, the setting, and the fellowship, will all come together with Clan Sinclair being the honored Clan, to make this a most memorable occasion. In addition to Malcolm’s visit, we will have "cousins" attending from Canada to Florida and New Hampshire to Texas to California. Among the Clan Sinclair USA officers attending are: Donald Sinclair (President), Mary Selver Secretary/Treasurer), and Gary Sinclair, Western Vice President. We are also pleased that our special friends Brad Sinclair Barker (Past President of Clan Sinclair USA) and Rory Sinclair (President of Clan Sinclair Canada) will be joining us. Noted international performer Isla St Clair, http://www.islastclair.tv/, will also be visiting from across the pond, performing at the Games and hopefully at our Clan Gathering on Saturday evening! Our very own Ron Sinclair (North Carolina) will open the Games each day by singing the National Anthem.

In addition to the Games, festivities include the Torchlight ceremony on Thursday evening, the Sponsor’s Reception on Friday evening, and an "Elegant (but Informal) Buffet Reception for The Honorable Malcolm Sinclair, Earl of Caithness" on Saturday evening (see my website, http://www.clansinclairsc.org for detailed and time urgent information)....

Let’s give the Chief a warm and enthusiastic welcome and show our appreciation for all of the work that he does on behalf of the Clan. Best regards and I hope to see you at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games!


Mel Sinclair
Clan Sinclair Association (USA), Inc.
Commissioner, North-South Carolina


For photos, visit ClanSinclairSC.org

   Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2004 11:54:28 +0100
   From: "Malcolm Caithness"
Subject: The Clan at Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina

Dear all

The weather is perfect and the Clan is gathering. From California, New Hampshire, Florida and the local States the Sinclairs are taking over this Games. Reinforcements from Canada and other States arrive today. Our President in the USA, Donald carried the torch in the procession last night and announced to the gathered Clans that "The Sinclairs are here". Mel has done a great job in organising everything and we have two great tents.

We will raise a glass tomorrow at our Clan dinner to our absent friends.

Best wishes to you all



   Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2004 13:24:29 -0700 (PDT)
   From: "Mel Sinclair"
Subject: Re: The Clan at Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina

Hello to all:
The Chief is right (of course!). We had a great time last night at the Torch Light Ceremony and today as well (Friday). Friday is normally a very low energy day with a very light turnout. This year is different. Our tent was busy all day with visitors and hopefully a new member or two. A reporter for the Winston-Salem Tribune (or Winston-Salem something) visited with us for quite some time as she talked with Malcolm, Donald, Mary and I. We'll see how the article turns out.

We learned that Chris St Clair will be competing in the heavy athletics. That's quite an accomplishment as the competition is pretty stiff. Ron Sinclair did an exceptional job opening the games by singing the USA National Anthem.

We were able to meet Isla St Clair and she will visit our Reception on Saturday evening honoring the Chief.

Malcolm opened the Games today and what a hit he was. He did an excellent job and had everyone in the palm of his hands. His remarks were graceful, generous, humorous, and informative ... in other words, he was a hit with everyone and people really enjoyed meeting him.

Well, gotta run. We're heading to the Sponsor's Reception, a black tie affair and we are expecting over 20 Sinclairs in attendance. The Chief will again give brief remarks. This time he will speak after the scotch as compared with after the coffee.

Stay tuned.

Mel of South Carolina


   Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 11:58:15 +0100
   From: "Malcolm Caithness"
Subject: The Clan at Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina (Day Two)

Rory piping - see more photos at ClanSinclairSC.org

Yesterday the reinforcements duly arrived and the take over is complete and bloodless - The Sinclairs are back in charge. As you will have guessed there has been a tune or two on the pipes from Rory. Yesterday the sun shone all day and the tent looked really good. Isla was again in fine voice enthralling the crowds with her music. As honoured clan we are in pole position opposite the reviewing stand and we signed up some new members. Today is the ’big’ day of the three here and the rising sun is set in a cloudless sky so more sun block for me. We have the Clan meeting followed by the photograph at the cairn of the clans. Tonight is our ceilidh which is being held at the house where Brad and Sindy are staying.



   Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 04:20:18 -0700 (PDT)
   From: "Mel Sinclair"
Subject: GMHG Newspaper article

Cousins all:
For an ’interesting’ write-up regarding the Games on Friday, I'll refer you to the following website, The Winston-Salem Journal, where you will find quotes from the Chief and others. http://JournalNow.com/

We're off to the Games!

Mel of South Carolina


   Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 12:22:52 +0100
   From: "Malcolm Caithness"
Subject: Grandfather Mountain Games (Day 3)

Clan Sinclair Tent - see more photos at ClanSinclairSC.org

Yesterday was amazing with the tent always full and a steady stream of visitors. It started with a bonus for us as there had been confusion over the timing of the march onto the field by the senior members of the organising committee and their party including me. On Friday there was a pipe band to lead us but yesterday they were not there. No problem - send for Rory. Mel, who was in the group and carrying my banner, rushed down to the tent and soon we were on our way led by the pipes. Chris St Clair is doing well in the heavy events and Isla is in fine voice.

Last night we had a great outdoors ceilidh hosted by Brad and Sindy. The food was delicious, the music (Isla, her piper Pipe Major John Spoore and Rory) were great and
the company was the best - all Sinclairs.

Just off back up the mountain for day three.



   Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 21:08:12 +0100
   From: "Malcolm Caithness"
Subject: Grandfather Mountain Games - Finale

Sinclairs in the Parade of Tartans - View photos from the Games at ClanSinclairSC.org

We have just come off the Mountain for the last time and as we did the heavens opened. What a memorable Games it has been and an excellent one for the Clan with a number of new members and the tent always full. Old friendships were renewed and new ones made. Rory played the odd tune when there was a quiet moment on the field and this was much appreciated by all. Mel did a great job in organising everything - there were no hiccups whilst Brad and Sindy were always there to chat to and encourage those who came to the tent. At the Parade of Tartans around the field they were in the front row of a strong Sinclair contingent. The Stone Mountain Games have the reputation as the "friendly" Games but this comes close. We all had a great time.



Check out Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta, Georgia, site of the Games

   Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 05:07:59 -0700 (PDT)
   From: "Stan St Clair"
Subject: Re: Grandfather Mountain Games - Finale

Having attended both, Malcolm, you are right! So sorry I could not be with you, and I am looking forward to Stone Mountain in October where I will be hosting the tent along with Dan Sinclair of Hawaii. Hope many who were at the Grandfather can be present!


[ The 32nd Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival are 16-17 October 2004 in Stone Mountain Park near
Atlanta, Georgia. Website: SMHG.org


   Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 13:12:10 EDT
   From: "Ivan D. Lancaster"
Subject: A message form Cousin Ivan D. Lancaster of Trafalgar


The Grandfather Mountain Games was/were a great experience this year. Especially for those of Clan Sinclair. Our Chief was a great STAR and there were many members in attendance. The weather was perfect. Cousin Donna Stogsdill and I always had front row seats in the Patron’s Tent for all of the ceremonies. We were proud of our Clan's representation in The Calling of the Clans on Thurs. evening. Our National President, the Hon. Donald Sinclair, answered the call. We cheered loudly from the Patron's Tent and the large delegation did the same from the Clan Sinclair Tent that was directly across the field. We could see the Sinclair Banner plainly from the Reviewing Stand and Patron's Tent.

We were most impressed with the Singing of our own Ron Sinclair. He sang our national anthem at the opening ceremonies. He has a tremendous voice. We were certainly proud of him. I regret that we did not get to hear Isla Sinclair sing. From what I understand, the Clan enjoyed her voice/talent at the gathering on Sat. evening. We regretted that we were unable to attend that function. We were thankful to be with the family on Fri. evening for the Sponsor and Patron's Reception. The Clan had reserved tables directly across the dance floor from the orchestra and speaker's podium. The fellowship, music, dancing, presentations, and food were all outstanding.

I remember, so very well, just how wonderful the Clan Sinclair Banquet was a few years ago, when we were the honored Clan at Stone Mountain. I especially remember the Grand Processions, led by our Pipers and our Chief and Rory, who was then the Sect’y. of Canada served the very delicious Haggis.

Rory Sinclair is now the President of Canada. We were so pleased to have him with us again. It is great to have an accomplished Bag Piper in our family and in attendance on such important occasions.

I remember, Queen Margrata (sp) of Denmark remarking about her husband, Prince Henric, "It is so nice to have a musician in the family." (He is an accomplished organist)


Ivan D. Lancaster of Trafalgar


More about the 2004 Grandfather Mountain Games at ClanSinclairSC.org

   Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 22:44:43 -0400
   From: "Mel Sinclair"
Subject: New Grandfather Mt. Photos on Website

Hello to all:
Forgive me for my tardiness, but it’s been rather hectic since returning from the Grandfather Mt. Games. Gee, it was hectic *at* the Games, but delightfully so. I've edited/resized/etc., over 120 photos, divided into 6 "albums" so that they will load more quickly. You can access them through my family website:  http://www.clansinclairsc.org

Click on any of the "thumbnails" for a larger photo.

If you’ve visited the website lately, you may need to "refresh" your browser when you get to my home page. I've changed the links and created an index page for the albums.

I also have posted Ivan’s photos, with his permission and my own photos of the Clan Group photo and the Kilted Sinclairs. Feel free to download any of them. If anyone wants the original photos, let me know which ones. I've reduced the size of most photos to 600 x 400 pixels so that they will load more quickly. The larger photos are better for printing....

Best to you all and I really want to thank those who attended and helped so very much, with a special thank you to Malcolm, Sindy Barker, and my wife, Lynne. Every one pitched in and it was great team work. For those who couldn’t make it to the Games, we missed you and wished that you could have been there, particularly several of my friends whom I've seen at previous Games. Stan and Bud, we missed you. Niven, we hope that you can make it another time....

Mel of South Carolina
Commissioner, North-South Carolina


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