Saturday, May 25, 2013


The Victoria Highland Games May 18-19, 2013 Victoria BC

Located on the Middle Field  

photo-- Highland Games History Booth
10:30 - 11 :25 am HARPIST 
Alison Vardy (


1 :30 - 2:20 pm 
HIGHLAND REGIMENT HERITAGE IN CANADA: 78TH FRASER HIGHLANDERS Capt. Chris Hoskin, Vice Pres.l2lC, Fort Fraser Garrison, Vancouver (

                           This was an interesting presentation in which Captain gave an overview of how a soldier in the
78TH FRASER HIGHLANDERS  spend his day in looking after his rife/musket and uniform. In describing the uniform, he showed how versatile it could be in dealing with weather conditions, carrying extra items, how their shoes were uni-shoes, that is no left or right shoe and which were wore on the alternate foot on a regular basis
He also showed the use of the janet, the hand knife or dirk, how to load the musket, how good the shot was, that it was basically impossible to hit an person or object beyond 50 yards. All combat was within 50 years and hand to hand, personal & up close, that casualties usually came from infections more than anything else.

2:30 - 3:10 pm 
                             The Gaelic choir from Victoria did a splendid job in their singing of a number of gaelic songs along with a few songs in english. This performance was to a full house in the Heritage tent and were competing with the pipe bans  just outside the tent in mid field.  The choir is made up of mostly seniors. We enjoyed their varied presentation

. 3:15 - 3:55 pm SCOTTISH WEAPONRY & SWORD FIGHTING F. Braun McAsh (
                 Although this presentation was in the Heritage tent, Rhoda & I only saw part of it. Nevertheless
all through the activities on Saturday & Sunday outside the tent the two individuals displaying the weaponry were giving various demonstrations on how to use the swords and shields in hand to hand combat scenarios. I watched them a few time and found them very knowledgeable. They also displayed a variety of swords, knife and dirks.

4:00 - 5:00 pm 
      The weaponry demo & lecture ran over  its tine and about 4.20 pm Dr James Acken got into his lecture on the Mythology to a full house in the Heritage tent. he covered about 1800 years from 200 AD to 2000 in which he outlined the movement of the people in Ireland to Scotland as well as those of England. The movement of the Vikings over to the hebrides and down the coast past the isle of Skye as well as the norse invasion.

He outlined the development of the gaelic language, and a bit about Neil of the 9 hostages and Conn of a 100 wars.

Dr James did an excellent job on his outline, so much so that at 6.25 pm the games for the day were over and we were still in the tent listening the Mythology & History of he clans when we, about 50 of us in attendance were abruptly stop by the posers to be and told to leave the grounds as everybody else had gone home and they had to clean up the grounds.

Do James talked for a good 2 hours. His over all view was quite enlightening.

OF ARMS Christopher Mackie, U.E, L.R.H.S.C., Director of Communications Royal Heraldry Society of Canada (

Theresa Mackay, Master of Letters (2016 expected), History of the Highlands & Islands 

Graeme Macaloney PhD., Macaloney Distillers Ltd (

1 :45 - 3: 1 0 pm TRACING YOUR SCOTTISH ANCESTORS Victoria Genealogical Society (
                      This   was  the only event we saw on Sunday afternoon in the Heritage tent. It was put on by the Victoria Genealogical Society by Pat Acton & Scott, who between them gave an overview of the society and and guidelines on how to best research and document the journey when doing your family tree.  This outline ended up by a live demo into the Scotlands People web site and how to do searching there.
                      They ended up making a draw for a Society membership and also gave out some society info as some credit to use on the Scotlands People site.
                      the photo is of the Victoria Genealogical Society booth at the Victoria Highland Games

3:15 - 3:55 pm SCOTTISH WEAPONRY & SWORD FIGHTING F. Braun McAsh (

4:00 - 5:00 pm HARPIST 
Alison Vardy (

*Times and activities subject to change 

We throughly enjoyed the  the weekend at the Victoria highland Games. Saturday was a so so day with some heavy showers, Sunday turned out beautiful and the crowd was much much better.

Prince Andrew was a big crowd pleased and a hit. We got a good view of him. He looks like his father Prince Philip.

Prince Andrew unveiled a plaque honouring the 150th anniversary of the games.

He also gave out the plaque for the best booth display which went to the  Clan MacDougall/MacDowall both & presented to Fergus MacDowall the chief of the Clan MacDowall who we met.


take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Glengarry My Home -- Kenneth MacRae 1928-2013

from the Munro Morris Funeral Home web site

Obituary for Kenneth MacRae

His organizational and managerial skills were recognized early in his career and carried him to the top of the Canadian financial community. As an accomplished pianist and song writer, he wrote music for many well know musicians. His song Glengarry My Home expressed his sincere love for the county of his birth. He grew up in Glengarry, faced and met the challenges of the urban community, but return full  circle to the place he always felt to be his home.

Peacefully at the Maxville Manor, Maxville, Ontario on Wednesday May 15, 2013. Kenneth MacRae of Maxville, formerly of Apple Hill; age 85 years. Loving husband to Inez MacRae (nee MacDonnell). Beloved son of the late John D. MacRae (MP for Glengarry 1935-1940) and the late Hazel MacRae (nee Carlyle). Loving brother of the late Marion Bell MacRae and the late Carlyle MacRae. Dear father of Morgan MacRae of Calgary, AB, Glenn MacRae of Vancouver, BC and Allan MacRae (Kimberly) of Hayward, California. Relatives and friends may call at the Munro & Morris Funeral Homes Ltd., 20 Main St., Maxville, Ontario (613) 527-2898 on Tuesday, May 21, 2011 from 9 to 11 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Apple Hill on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:30 am. Interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy Memorial Donations to the Maxville Manor Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated by the family. As a Memorial to Kenneth a tree will be planted in Memory Woods. A tree grows - memories live. Condolences may be made online at 

Take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Quilt Holes

Subject: FW: The Quilt Holes

  Some days more than others we may forget but a reminder is always nice…..

The Quilt Holes
  As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the 
  Lord along with all the other souls.
  Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in 
  many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares  together into a tapestry that is our life.
  But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I 
  noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with  giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been  difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday  life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
  I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a 
  tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color  and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was  disheartened.
  My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, 
  threadbare and empty, like binding air.
  Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held 
  up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, 
  holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel 
  looked upon me and nodded for me to rise.
  My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the 
 earthly fortunes. I had love in my life and laughter. But there had also  been trials of illness and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled   with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick  up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for  help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which 
  I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that 
  I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who   unfairly judged me.
  And now, I had to face the truth.. My life was what it was, and 
  I had to accept it for what it was.
 I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the 
  An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others 
  who stared at me with wide eyes.
  Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the 
  many holes, creating an image, the face of God. Then He stood before me, 
  with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your  life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.
  Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and 
  let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'
  May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing God's Love 
  to shine through!
  God determines who walks into your's up to you to 
  decide who you let walk away, who you let stay and who you refuse to let   go.
  I need this back. If you'll do this for me, I'll do it for you. 
  When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is   all you need.
  Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say 
  the following small prayer for the person who sent you this.
  Father, bless all my family and friends in whatever it is that 
 you know they may need this day! And may their life be full of your peace,   prosperity and power as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship with you. Amen.
  Send this on to five other people, including the one who sent 
  it to you.. Within hours you caused a multitude of people to pray for 
 other people. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life. 
 I chose more than five.. you can too!

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Local musician is giving back to the community

the following is from the Seaway Valley News, Cornwall, Ont.

Local musician, Kelli Trottier is giving back to the community

CORNWALL, Ontario - After surviving a sudden and terrifying brain aneurysm, an area woman is happy to be alive to tell her story, and grateful for those who were instrumental in her recovery and for the love and support she received.
Last fall, the pride of Glengarry, musician, Kelli Trottier, was having dinner out with her family in Cornwall when she suddenly began experiencing a bout of dizziness. Within seconds she says the pain in her head became excruciating. “I knew that I was not ok, said Trottier. “I couldn’t even speak; I was disoriented and started trembling; I was in shock, I suspect. I knew something terrible was happening.”
Trottier was rushed to Cornwall Community Hospital where she was stabilized and air lifted to Ottawa General Hospital. She has no recollection of those events. After undergoing life-saving brain surgery she would spend two and a half weeks in recovery there.
Months later, the dizziness is finally gone and she is dancing, singing and playing again, in fact she is presently on tour in Nova Scotia.  
“I am here today because of the amazing medical care that I received,” said Trottier who wants to give back in the best way she knows how.
Trottier says that she feels blessed by an incredible show of love and support from friends, family and fans and wants to put on a benefit concert to raise money for the Ottawa General Hospital, where so many from this area have been cared for, and to share some music and joy with everyone who rallied around her during a very difficult time.
“It will be a day of music and celebration, and I am honoured to have Wayne Rostad and Bobby Lalonde joining me.”
take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

McINTYRE, Lorne Richard passes

from the Wilson Funeral Home,

McINTYRE, Lorne Richard

Passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer, peacefully with his family by his side at Hospice Cornwall on Friday, May 10, 2013, age 61 years. Beloved son of the late Newman and Anastasia (Robinson) McIntyre. Loved father of Kelly McDonald (Jayme) and Sarah McNish (Cory). Dear grampy of Kyle, Brock Layne, Monica and Carter. Brother of Anita Gillis (late Jimmy), John McDonald (Lucy), Carl McIntyre (Hannah), Ben McIntyre (Line), Donna Megan (Mike), Beverly Mitchell (Alain) and Shelly McManus (Joe). Lorne will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. Predeceased by his sister Jeanette Berthelot (late Bill) and his brother Randy McDonald (Dale). Resting at the WILSON FUNERAL HOME, 822 Pitt Street, Cornwall where visitation will be held on Wednesday from 11am until 1:45pm. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel of the Wilson Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 15 2013 at 2pm. Cremation to follow. If so desired, contributions in his memory to Hospice Cornwall would be appreciated by the family. Online messages of condolence may be made in the obituary section of:

take care
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

Monday, May 6, 2013

Progress Updates of Alex W Fraser Glengarry Books journey


There is a lot going on behind the scene in continuing our journey in organizing and preserving Glengarry County area history that we have been on now for over 40 years,

1-- working on completing the remaining 3 to 4 volumes of Gravestones of Glengarry series by late summer or early fall.

2-- continued work on the MacDonalds of Loup, Lundie and Fraser Connections project

3-- index of more Glengarry County area church records in a more accessible format

4-- We also have a selected number of our titles available for instant download now, check them out at

The method behind all of this is to see the journey from the viewers perspective. That always starts either by a story that brings up a family situation or starts with a family name. The question then arises who is this family person, I might never have heard of.

To put it mildly, with all of the scattered information that is available, detailed indexing is the one of the almost only ways of finding a name that can be latched on, that makes sense to the viewer and rings a bell when found among hundreds of similar names in almost the same time period. With a good useable index  a person can tell if a book has any useful info within a few minutes, if not move on to something else

This indexing is time consuming and not an easy task, nevertheless it is one that we are pursuing in the hopes that it will assist interested people in finding the family member they are looking for.

We have done much indexing in the gravestone series, church records and family histories in the more than 25,000 pages of material we have so far published.

The next step is the organize this index into a useful search medium so that the viewer can follow a name when found backwards to put more accurate meat on the bones adding family members, location etc making that family person more real to them and their family.

Any comments on our web site rearrangement & update. Is it more friendly, have you visited the table of content page at  Do you find it helpful.

Thanks for your continued interest and support of our efforts.

Feel free to past this post on to others who might be interest and likewise feel free to leave a comment below.

Take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

Thursday, May 2, 2013

where they actually physically lived in the Knoydart Scotland area


Received this e mail request recently from Australia any comments, advice, suggestions would be welcomed, either directly to Ann or leave a comment below

Name: Ann Harrington
E-mail: aharrington @
surnames: Macdonalds of Loup 
Date: 1700-1800
query: Alex,
I am descended from Donald Macdonald and Catherine Macgillis of Knoydart. My area of interest is information like where they grew up with their parents such as what farm, church, etc. and also if there is a paper link that shows when the first ancestor of theirs came to Knoydart and exactly where they came from. Does your data touch on any of this? Such as, I know the ancestral lineage of Donald but have no information as to where they actually physically lived in the Knoydart area or elsewhere. This is what I am hoping to research. Just not sure how to go about it. I am down the line Donald and Catherine Macgillis Macdonald, Angus Macdonald and Catherine Macdonald, Donald McDonald and Elizabeth Cass, Elihu Joseph Cass and Mary Ann Moore, John Eugene McDonald and Mary Ellen Murphy and my final direct line McDonald, my grandmother, Orpha Margaret McDonald born in a lumbercamp in Walhalla Michigan in 1891. Has anyone discovered the link to where the Macdonald of Loup in Knoydart actually came from, generation by generation? Proof not theory?
Thanks Alex. I appreciate all of this research. I am hoping to make a trip to Knoydart in about three years. Ann,
subject: Glen-Pres-Stor-SoulVaud query
You may contact Ann directly at Ann Harrington  or leave a comment below of any suggestions or advice you may desire to share.  Thank you

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Selected titles of Alex W Fraser/Rhoda Ross now available as a download


I have set up a download page  for a selected number of our titles which you can check out at 

For namely the following titles

Alex & Rhoda’s Title Catalogue   47 p with many photos of titles

Donald Fraser & Peter MacIntosh Family Tree Charts, 1750-1975 ... 1993 271p, 138MB download in a zip file

Fr John’s Diary of Deaths 1819-1866 & 1839 Census in part  364 p, 7.7MB download

Gravestones of Glengarry V3 St Raphaels, Green Valley, & Family Linkages 4.3MB 162 p download
Gravestones of Glengarry V.4, Alexandria 389 P, 81.7MB download
Gravestones of Glengarry V.5, Kirk Hill 308 p, 81.1 MB download 
Gravestones of Glengarry V.6, Breadalbane 265 P, 79.9MB download
Gravestones of Glengarry V.7, Lochiel 221 p, 79MB download
Gravestones of Glengarry Vol 8 Glen Nevis - Dalhousie Mills 230 p, 77.8MB download

Gravestones of Prescott V1, McLaughlin & Barb 1.1MB, 90 p download
Gravestones of Prescott V2, Ste Anne de Prescott 3.5MB 90 p download

Lost Villages Cemetery index, 15 Cemeteries  Seaway 3.3MB 193 p download

ROSSES OF MARTINTOWN, updated 246p 78MB download

St Andrews BMD & index V.1 1779-1804 Williamstown 7.9MB 430 p download
St Andrews BMD & index V.2 1805-1914 Williamstown 200p 80MB download

St. Andrew's United Church BMD, 1833-1978, 2nd Concession Lancaster Township Bainsville, Ontario 531p, 77MB download
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church BMD, 1884-1978, South Lancaster, Ontario 347p, 82MB download

St Finnans' BMD Alexandria, Ontario 1836-83 V1 A-McD; 1.1 meg, 285 p. download 
St Finnans' BMD 1836-83 V2 MacDonald/ell; 1.2 MB, 262 p download 
St Finnans' BMD 1836-83 V3 McDougald-Young; 1.1MB, 260 p download

St Johns Evangelist Anglican Church BMD Lancaster, Ont 1898-1977 & gravestone inscriptions222p, 82MB download

thanks for your interest

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser