We are happy to announce the appointment of Ken Burkitt, Jr. as the new International Clan MacFarlane Society Commissioner to Pennsylvania USA. Ken is fairly new to the Society having joined in 2019 but he has taken his heritage journey on with exuberance after answering the call to represent Clan MacFarlane in his home state of Pennsylvania.
Meet Ken | In His Own Words
We asked Ken to tell you all a bit about himself, his connection to Clan MacFarlane and his thoughts on representing the Society.
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 am of Scot-Irish, English/Norwegian descent. My paternal great grandmother & grandfather emigrated from Glasgow to Philadelphia in 1923. I am currently researching this line and a cousin on my maternal side discovered that our ancestors fought in the American Revolution & the Civil War. I am currently a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia and the Sons of the American Revolution – Philadelphia Continental Chapter.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about your ancestors/personal family history?
My father had mentioned many years ago that we had some connection to Clan MacFarlane thru my great grandmother who was born in the Stalker family and I have since discovered ancestors prior to her who were Mac Gregor’s & MacCallum’s.
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?
What interests me most is the Clan lifestyle of centuries ago and the interaction and rivalries among them.
Q: As Clan MacFarlane Commissioners to Pennsylvania, what are you looking forward to the most?
I am looking forward to meeting and interacting with other members of the Clan & promoting the Clan and Scottish history & traditions.
Q: What would you most like to accomplish in your new position?
Increase membership & interest in the Clan especially reaching younger generations in these efforts.