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June 6 - 7, 2013

Scotland, Ulster and America: Ties That Bind?

Sponsored by:

Center for Scotch-Irish Studies and the Culture & Heritage Museums of York County, SC
in conjunction with the Clover Scottish Games and Scotch-Irish Festival in Clover, SC, which will be held on June 7-8, 2013

in association with:
Scotch-Irish Society of the USA

Schedule of Events and Registration Form.

The Seventh Scotch-Irish Identity Symposium will be held June 6 - 7, 2013 in York, South Carolina. The Symposium will include a reception at the McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson Street, York, SC on Thursday evening, June 6, 2013, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The symposium proper will take place in the Lowry Family Theater at the McCelvey Center from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Friday, June 7, 2013.

McCelvey Center

McCelvey Center, York, SC

Symposium attendees are welcome to attend the Clover Scottish Games and Scotch-Irish Festival on Saturday, June 8 at the Clover Memorial Stadium in Clover, SC. There is no charge for this event. For further information on the Clover Scottish Games and Scotch-Irish Festival, please see the festival website at

The Seventh Scotch-Irish Identity Symposium will explore ways in which Scotland, Ulster and America have influenced one another down to the present time. We invite papers investigating the links among these three that persist or persisted at one time in such areas as language, migration and settlement, commerce and business, religion and religious history, music, literature, fraternal orders, heritage tourism, family history and genealogy. We ask that you read the requirements for Symposium presentations in the statement on Goals and Standards. Please direct any questions to Michael Scoggins at or to Dr. Richard K. MacMaster at

Symposium Schedule

Morning Sessions

8:45—9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:00—10:30 Special video presentation on “Scotch-Irish identity”

“Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Linkages from the Scots and Scots-Irish to the Appalachians.”
Dr. Doug Orr, past president, Warren Wilson College


“The Sword of the Lord and Gideon: Scotch-Irish Holy War in the Carolina Backcountry, 1780-1782.”
Michael Scoggins, historian, Culture & Heritage Museums



Afternoon Sessions


“Scotch-Irish: A Culture as well as a Group of Settlers?”
Dr. Jack Weaver, professor of English (retired), Winthrop University

2:15—3:00 “William Preston the Surveyor and the Great Virginia Land Grab.”
Dr. James Glanville, professor of chemistry (retired), Virginia Tech

“James Wilson and His Family.”
Dr. Daniel Knight, professor of history, University of Texas-Pan American


“Leonidas Lafayette Polk: A Scotch-Irish Leader for the New South.”
Dr. Deborah Beckel, professor of history, Lynchburg College


Quality Inn Carowinds
located on the NC-SC state line
360 Lakemont Blvd., Fort Mill, SC 29708
Group Name: Scotch-Irish Symposium

Group Rates: A block of 15 rooms has been reserved for the Symposium at the rate of $89.00 per night (plus tax), June 6-9, 2013. Price includes complementary hot breakfast. Special rate available through May 23, 2013.

Your onsite contact for your guests’ welcome arrival is Patricia Smith,

• Closest hotel to Carowinds
• FREE Hot Buffet Breakfast
• Ask about our 2013 Group Packages


TownPlace Suites, Rock Hill, SC
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Rock Hill
2135 Tabor Dr., Rock Hill, SC 29730
803.327.0700 office   803.327.0720 fax

• Check-in: Thu Jun 06, 2013
• Check-out: Sun Jun 09, 2013
• Special rate available until: Thu May 16, 2013

Studio Suite $92 per night (plus tax). A block of 5 rooms has been reserved for the symposium. Additional rooms may be available closer to the event; please call for details.

Book Studio Suite at TownePlace Suites Rock Hill for $92 per night:


Hilton Garden Inn, Rock Hill, SC
(Exit 79, I-77)
650 Tinsley Way Rock Hill, SC 29730
P: 803-325-2800 x7803 F: 803-325-2366

Group Information
A block of 15 “King Whirlpool” rooms have been reserved for symposium guests at the rate of $104.00 per night (plus tax).

To Book Reservations:
• Group Name: Scotch-Irish Symposium
• Group Code: SIM
• Check-in: 06-JUN-2013
• Check-out: 09-JUN-2013

Reservation Cut-Off Date: May 7, 2013
Garden Grille & Bar is now open for Dinner each evening from 5-10PM...Please take a seat in our lobby, and we will be appy to serve you!

For event information please contact:
Mike Scoggins.
McCelvey Center
212 East Jefferson Street
York, SC 29745