THE CLAN MURRAY SOCIETY OF NOVA SCOTIA

In the history of Scottish emigration no name is more cherished than that of a leaky old brig named the Hector and in 1773, the Hector landed almost 200 Scots on the shore of Pictou, Nova Scotia. Some of those Scots made their way over the mountains to settle in and around Earltown, Nova Scotia.

Over 200 years later, the descendants of some of those Scots were among those who met in Earltown under the leadership of the Nova Scotia Association of Clans to found what, according to the Constitution, was then called, “Clan Murray – N.S. Division. That was on August 1,1981 and around 50 family heads were in attendance. The Constitution was approved with the initial annual membership set at $10. per family head. This fee has since been increased to $10. per person. Notwithstanding the name of the group recorded in the Constitution, Secretary Marjorie Murray advises that according to Treasurer Dave Murray, one of the founding members, they have used the name captioned above from the getgo.

Since its founding, the Society has hosted Clan tents at events in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In 2010, they were represented at Highland Games in Fredericton, NB and Antigonish, NS. They also support through donations various Scottish related activities such as the New Glasgow Music Festival and Dance MacKay, to name two.

Because of aging membership, the Society meets only once a year and although membership has declined from the early days, there are still some 35 members, five of whom are located hi Ontario and the USA. Secretary Marjorie tells me that all members who attend the meetings are well informed regarding their respective roots.
This report was developed from information provided by Marjorie Murray, Secretary of the Society.

Stanley B. Fleming Lieutenant-to-the-Chief For Canada

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