Members’ Scottish Connections

John Markham: A dancing life
Elizabeth Rendell: A lifetime of dancing
Wendy Donald: Travels back to Scotland
John Patterson: Photo interpretation of a tartan puzzle
Peter Sullivan: Scottish music and me
Liz Hands: Songs of Scotland, a tartan skirt …
Maureen Sullivan: Remembering Isla and Eric Norris
Wendy Donald: Glasgow and Clan Donald
Sandra Macdonald: A tartan skirt
Pat Reesby: Choosing the Boyd tartan
Loralee Hyde: Lorimer, Anderson, Lennie
Kristin Downey: Macdonald, Macfarlane, McNeill and Stewart

John Markham: A dancing life

When John and his late wife and soul-mate Petra arrived in Wellington from the UK in 1969, they decided a good way to meet people would be to join Kelburn Scottish Country Dance Club. See John’s dancing story here

Elizabeth Rendell: A lifetime of dancing

Elizabeth has been a Scottish Country Dancer for more than 50 years, starting as a teenager in Wainuiomata in 1965, then dancing briefly at Kelburn Club before joining Johnsonville in 1981. Read Liz’s story about her Scottish family connections and dancing

Wendy Donald: Travels back to Scotland

Wendy previously told us about some of her Scottish connections. Find out more from Wendy about her travels back to Scotland

John Patterson: Photo interpretation of a tartan puzzle

John recently came by a photo of his great-great-grandfather Neil Patterson. This has set him a tartan puzzle to solve, with no background details. See more about John’s work in progress on interpreting this photo

Peter Sullivan: Scottish music and me

Peter has been a generous contributor of ceilidh items during his time with Johnsonville Club. Find out from Peter about his journey through Scottish music in the UK and New Zealand

Liz Hands: Songs of Scotland, a tartan skirt …

When Liz started Scottish Country Dancing in 2016, it brought back a lot of memories of sitting at the piano playing tunes from her grandmother’s Scottish song book. See more of Liz’s memories

Maureen Sullivan: Remembering Isla and Eric Norris

Isla and Eric were the first Life Members of Johnsonville Club. Find out what Maureen has to say about them as neighbours and the Locharron green modern Macdonald of the Isles tartan sash which she wears as a memento

Wendy Donald: Glasgow and Clan Donald

Read about Wendy’s dramatic experience in Glasgow, the gift of her clan crest and how she came to choose the Anderson Modern tartan for her sash

Sandra Macdonald: A tartan skirt

Sandra shares her tartan story – how her mother decided to sew an adult size Macdonald tartan skirt for herself and then turned it into a skirt for a five year old Sandra. Find out more about her tartan skirt

Pat Reesby: Choosing the Boyd tartan

Pat shares her Scottish Country Dancing journey – how she started dancing, what brought her to Johnsonville Club and why she chose the Boyd tartan for her sash. See what she says here

Loralee Hyde: Lorimer, Anderson, Lennie

Soon after Loralee started Scottish Country Dancing in 1974, she thumbed through books of tartans trying to locate a clan connection so she could get a tartan sash to wear. No luck then, but she has now discovered her Scottish clan connections

Kristin Downey: Macdonald, Macfarlane, McNeill and Stewart

You may have noticed that Kristin and Rod both wear the same tartan (Macdonald Dress Modern) in their sash and kilt respectively. Kristin has Scottish heritage through her father Ian (Mac) Macdonald. See more about Kristin’s Scottish connections

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