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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Hamilton Galloway as the new International Clan MacFarlane Society Commissioner to New York state. Hamilton has been a dedicated representative for Clan MacFarlane in the annual New York City Tartan Day Parade. He has faithfully led the Clan MacFarlane contingent in the famous event for the past few years.
In the following interview, we sit down with Hamilton as he shares his journey, aspirations, and the significance of his role in connecting and celebrating our heritage in the vibrant state of New York.
Meet Hamilton | In His Own Words
We asked Hamilton to tell you all a bit about himself, his connection to Clan MacFarlane and his thoughts on representing the Society. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What part of the world are you from? What do you do for work? What are your passions?
I originally grew up in a small(ish) town (Lake Stevens) in western Washington and would often go to the highland games with my family when I was young. When I went to college in Idaho, I had the opportunity to study abroad at St. Andrew’s in 2002 and jumped at the chance. After that, I was “hooked” on my Scottish heritage.
My wife and I now live in NYC and we love to travel–pretty much everywhere. I work for a UK-based firm doing consulting work, which often provides those traveling opportunities. When not working or exploring some far off land, I enjoy the outdoors–hiking, scuba diving, or just communing with nature.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about your ancestors/personal family history?
Both sides of my family have very strong Scottish roots. The Galloway side (my father) has ties to MacFarlane, while less was known of the Bothwell side (my mother).
Q: How did you discover or learn about your MacFarlane heritage?
I found out about the connection when reading through some family lineage and history.
Q: What area of Clan MacFarlane history or heritage interests you the most?
Clearly our links to Loch Lomond. Having traveled that region a few times, there is so much left to discover and deepen my connection to the land of my ancestors.
Q: As Clan MacFarlane Commissioner to New York, what are you looking forward to the most? What would you most like to accomplish in your new position?
I look forward to meeting and welcoming MacFarlanes in the greater NY area and celebrating our heritage.
In the short term, I’d like to ensure we are well represented at the NYC Tartan parade. Longer term, it’d be great to branch out to represent the MacFarlane clan at highland games in other areas of NY state.