The SAR Magazine

Fall 2018

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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12 SAR MAGAZINE 16 SAR MAGAZINE SAR Trip to Scotland May 14-21, 2019 P resident General Warren M. Alter and First Lady Nancy Alter are leading a delegation of SAR and friends to Scotland in May 2019 to honor the service of Scottish Patriots of the American Revolution, specifically Founding Fathers James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, and Rev. John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Article of Confederation and Perpetual Union. The planned itinerary for this exciting trip begins when participants arrive at the Edinburgh Airport on Tuesday, May 14, where they will be met by Magic Travel staff holding SAR welcome signs. Participants who are planning to arrive in Europe prior to the start of the SAR trip may make arrangements to meet the group at the Edinburgh Airport or hotel. Once everyone has arrived, the bus will depart from the airport and take us to the Radisson Blu Edinburgh, in the heart of the historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh. In the afternoon, there will be a choice between visiting the Scottish Genealogy Society for personal research or taking a guided walking tour of Edinburgh's Old Town to familiarize participants with the many key attractions near the hotel. In the evening, there will be an SAR welcome reception at the hotel to kick off the adventure in Scotland's magnificent capital city and to possibly meet local officials. On Wednesday, May 15, we will explore Edinburgh, with emphasis on the American Revolution. Our schedule includes visits to Edinburgh Castle, the Medical Museum (honoring Benjamin Rush, who studied medicine in Edinburgh), the National Museum and the National Library of Scotland, where guides will connect the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 and Scottish Enlightenment with our Founding Fathers of Scottish origin. Other stops: the John Knox House, St. Giles Cathedral and the Thistle Chapel. After a bistro lunch, there will be more time in the afternoon and evening to explore historic Edinburgh. On Thursday, May 16, we set out for Fife and visit the Ceres Parish Church—the closest location to Wilson's birthplace—where we will lay an SAR wreath to commemorate his 1742 birth. We then journey through Cupar, where Wilson had an apprenticeship, en route to Charlton House, built in 1759, and the residence of St. Clair Knut Harald Jöns Bonde, Baron of Charlton. Because his ancestor was attainted in 1715 during the Jacobite Rebellion, he was deprived of being the 21st Lord St. Clair. In 1446, his ancestor, William St. Clair, built Rosslyn Chapel, which was popularized by Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. After a three-course lunch with Baron Bonde, we will continue to historic St. Andrews, visiting the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral and St. Andrews Castle as well as the University of Edinburgh, which Wilson attended. After returning to Edinburgh, there will be time for shopping, dining and further genealogical discoveries. On Friday, May 17, we will set out for East Lothian and visit the town of Gifford, the birthplace of Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon in 1722. In addition to signing the Declaration and the Articles of Confederation, Witherspoon was president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and the convening moderator of founding the First General Assembly of the Great Scot!

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