Greenlaw Family Association Reunion 2008
The 2008 Greenlaw Family Association Reunion was held in conjunction with the 27th New Brunswick Highland Games and Scottish Festival in Fredericton. The Home Clan, of which the Greenlaw Family is a sept, was the Honored Clan at the Games.
The Greenlaw Family Reunion Celebratory Dinner, held on Thursday evening, July 24th, was the kickoff event for the entire weekend; it was a lovely and unforgettable affair. His Honour, Lieutenant Governor Hermenegilde Chaisson agreed to act as Honorary Patron for the Greenlaw Family Reunion and accepted our invitation to attend the Greenlaw Celebratory Dinner with his wife, Madam Babineau, as our honored guests. Their presence lent an air of elegance to the festivities and contributed so much toward making the evening a memorable one.
We were also honored with the presence of Albert C. Eaton, President of the Clan Home Society. Mr. Eaton favored us with his wonderful bagpiping at the dinner, as well as his company throughout the weekend.
Our Greenlaw Family Reunion was very successful. The “Research Workshop” tour at the Provincial Archives and multi-media presentation documenting the early years of the Greenlaw Family from 1753-1762 was given by James Greenlaw received excellent reviews. In the hotel conference center, those attending had many opportunities to share genealogical information with one another and to add to their own ancestral line.
As the Honored Clan with Clan Home, the Greenlaw Family enjoyed several rare and wonderful experiences. We marched with our banners and flags down Queen Street on Friday from the Legislative Building to City Hall led by the Fredericton Pipe Band. At City hall the flag of Scotland was raised as May Woodside read a proclamation officially opening the Scottish Games. On Sunday, as Host Clan, we led all the clans into the Music Tent where a beautiful service was held to commemorate the blessing of the tartans. And, in the the closing ceremonies, the Greenlaws awarded trophies to the winners of the dance, pipe, and drum competitions. We had front row seats for the Massed Bands, which marched across the field toward us. The beauty and pageantry of those moments will remain with us.
On August 20, 2008, the Greenlaw Family Association received a letter of appreciation from His Honour, Lieutenant Governor Chaisson. The letter read in part: “I want you to know what a pleasure it was having dinner with your Family and meeting many of them during the New Brunswick Highland Games and Scottish Festival at the end of July. Family reunions are always such a joy and, in many cases, a time to meet relatives you have never met before. I was delighted to be a part of it!”
The eventful 2008 Reunion was made possible by the initiative and creativity demonstrated by our beloved friend, the Founder and President of the Greenlaw Family Association, who, sadly, had died on January 10, 2008.