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USA Clan Leask Gathering 2015 Announced

Actually, it was announced a few weeks ago; my apologies for the delay in posting it on the internet! Last week postcards began to arrive at homes within 150 miles of the games in The Plains, Virginia. We have an event setup on Facebook which we welcome you to RSVP to — but RSVP or not, we hope you’ll join us on either the 5th or 6th of September!

USA Clan Leask Gathering RSVP

Photo from 2014 gather, click to RSVP for 2015!

Our goal is to bring Leask’s (by birth, marriage, or even indentured servitude — I kid) from around the country together to swap stories, share heritage, and generally enjoy the day together in the picturesque mountains of Virginia.

Last year we had over 20 guests visit us and we’re excited to see what happens this year! If you’ve never been to the Virginia Scottish Games, it’s a good time!

Clan Leask USA Gathering at the Virginia Scottish Games

We’re a couple of days after the Virginia Scottish Games and I think I’m finally recovered. What a fantastic weekend! Hosting the Clan Leask USA tent at the games was a ton of fun and from other clans to Leasks I’d never met we got to meet a lot of new people!

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In total we had 26 guests spend time at the tent, 14 of which were completely new friends to Clan Leask. Four of those attended specifically to learn more about our histroy based on the postcard sent out prior to the games! We met a Polish Lieske who saw the similarity with Liesk and wanted to learn more about potential connection; a Lesh of German ancestry, curious about the Y-DNA links; and a young Stewart who was walking around the clans asking about their history learning about other Scottish clans. At least four visitors said they would consider participating in the Leask Y-DNA study.

In addition there were, of course, the other clan tents. MacTavish was the honored clan but a few familiars were in attendance including Sinclair and Hay with whom the Leasks have direct connections and alliances.

John McPherson Leask II, Mac, was interviewed a German student who was interviewing individuals with Scottish heritage to find out what family and clan meant to them and how their Scottish heratige fit into their life. She also asked about our opinion on the vote coming up on September 18th, to which we very carefully acknowledged that we do not know all the facts and won’t be directly affected by the results. Mac Leask, lead researcher for Clan Leask USA, told her that the decision belonged with the Scots who live in Scotland and will have to live with the result, whatever it is.

I’m very proud of our prepartion leading into the games. Clan Leask USA was represented by two three foot by five foot banners showing all thirteen spellings of Leask. We had two clan members in kilts wearing Leask tartan and two women and a child wearing Leask sashes – all Leask tartan reprsented at this games was the Weathered tartan, not the ancient registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans. Our table was lined with the Leask tartan and we had a number of brochures to hand out. We also had a photo album of my parents and my visit to Scotland from 2001.

We had three borchures to share: Potential Origin Stories, Documented History (here, here, and here), and an update on the Y-DNA study (links go to content pulled from the brochure and shared on this site).

Overall I am very pleased to have had the oportunity to represent the Leasks at a Scottish Games and look forward to doing so again soon – we hope to participate at the Virginia Scottish Games again in 2015 as well as, potentially, games in New Hampshire or Georgia in the coming years. If there’s a games near you we should consider let us know!

Clan Leask USA Postcard

This is the front of the postcard came in the mail in the past week or so – I’m very excited! We sent around 300 of these to residents within 150 miles of The Plains, Virginia, with one of the surname varients of Leask inviting them to join us at the games.

Clan Leask USA Postcard - Front

Front of the Clan Leask USA Postcard invitation for the Clan Leask Gathering in The Plains, Virginia

If you’re in the area we hope you’ll join us in The Plains, Virginia, for the Virginia Scottish Games where the Leasks will gather! At least, some will :)

Click here for more information about the Clan Leask USA Gathering

Clan Leask USA Announces First-ever USA Clan Leask Gathering

We are very excited to announce the first ever Clan Leask Gathering in the United States! We will have a tent at the Virginia Scottish Games in The Plains, Virginia on August 30th and 31st!

We’re hoping this games, so near our nation’s capital, will offer a great meeting place for US-based Leask’s to shake hands with some potential long-lost (and distant) relatives. There are multiple airport options and The Plains is easily accessible by major cross-country highways.

We are planning to bring materials to help those interested in learning more about our shared heritage. Come talk with USA Genealogy expert, Mac Leask, to learn about our varied last names, where your branch of the clan may have come from, and the status of our Y-DNA testing- including how you can join the testing to see where your branch of the family may connect with others who have joined the research!

Keep an eye on the USA Gathering 2014 page for more information about this years games and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly!