Information taken from the 25th Anniversary Booklet of Clan Johnston.
CLAN JOHNSTON, No. 185
ORDER of SCOTTISH CLANS
"Lochaber No More"
JOHN L. SMITH WILLIAM G. DONALD
Clan Johnston, 195, 0. S. C.
TWENTY-FIVE years ago it occurred to one, David H. Moncur
that the organization of a Scottish Clan in Andover would be of
mutual benefit. It would bring Scots together for social and fraternal
purposes, and, as it proved its existence, would be a factor in making
Andover a better place to live in. He was aided by William Cunningham
at whose house in Frye Village several conferences were held.
To Mr. Moncur must be given the honor of being the father of
Clan Johnston, for by his earnest efforts he was successful in interesting
a loyal band of his countrymen to see the advantages and obligations
accruing from such an organization.
The first meeting toward organization was held on February 3,
1908 in the old Abbott Village hall, recently demolished, and
twenty men were present. Mr. Moncur was elected chairman and he
gave an informing talk on the benefits of a clan. Several local men,
it was stated, were members of Clan McPherson, 8o, of Lawrence,
and they were invited to attend the next meeting planned for Monday,
Progress was made at this meeting with forty present including
the Andover members of Clan McPherson. A further step toward
the goal was the distribution of application blanks. Mr. Moncur
again presided and he appointed a committee comprising Daniel
Maguire, John MacDonald, Robert Taylor, George Ireland and
William B. Morrisey to arrange for another meeting. It was held on
March 2 and was attended by the Grand Clan officers. Plans were
completed for the organization of a Clan on April 3.
The final meeting for perfecting the organization was held on
March 16. The name, "Clan Johnston" was adopted and the Workman's
Hall, which stood at the corner of Main and Park streets was
chosen as the place for institution. The instituting officer designated
was Peter Kerr of Boston assisted by Royal dignitaries. The initiatory
degree work was to be performed by Chief Alexander Noble and
Staff of Clan McPherson, Lawrence.
CLAN INSTITUTION APRIL 3, 1908
Thus in two months was born a new organization by and for
Scotsmen and their descendants. The foundations were well and
truly laid and the beginning was most auspicious. The story of the
institution was well told in the Andover Townsman of April io, 1908.
"A new factor in the fraternal life of the historic town was created
on Friday April 3, when Clan Johnston No. 185, Order of
Scottish Clans, was duly instituted in the A.O.U.W. hall.
"The arrival of Royal Secretary Peter Kerr at the depot was the
signal for the piper to "blaw" and he tuned up to the "Queen's
Taste" and escorted the distinguished visitor to the scene of inauguration,
accompanied by a delegation of clansmen.
"Royal Secretary Kerr instituted the new Clan, while Chief
Noble and officers of Clan McPherson, Lawrence, performed the
work of initiation in a highly impressive and fitting manner. Clans
from the surrounding district were represented. After the installation,
the gavel was turned over by Royal Secretary Kerr to John
MacDonald, first chief of Clan Johnston.
"David H. Moncur, organizer of the Clan, was chosen senior
henchman by Royal Secretary Kerr and assisted in the installation.
The royal secretary in a few remarks said he was deeply impressed by
the magnificent start the Clan had made and predicted a brilliant
LADIES' AUXILIARY HOSTS
"The Ladies' Auxiliary, recently organized with a membership
of nearly fifty had in the meantime been busily engaged in preparing
for the inner man which they did in a bountiful manner. Dancing
was enjoyed and music was provided by Piper James Ramsay of
Thus the Clan Johnston tartan was merged into the field of the
other great clans which have made Scottish history. Through the
twenty-five years of its existence Clan Johnston has had its trials.
But after each adversity it rose to greater heights of achievements
and has nobly upheld all the traditions of the order. No call for
help or comfort has ever fallen on deaf ears. Its record is one any
organization might well be proud of.
The stalwarts of the early building have nearly all been called
to their reward. Only a scant corporal's guard of the charter members
is now active in the Clan Moots. Of the original officers only one
is identified with Clan work—Thomas Thin, the last of the old
guard. No one has the success of Clan Johnston more at heart than
he. The old guard dies but never surrenders.
The hope for the future success of Clan Johnston lies in the
young men who have taken up the Fiery Cross and are carrying its
message forward.. They have the ability and strength to achieve that
success. May they be inspired by the wise counsel and glorious
record of the founders.
THE FIRST OFFICERS
THE CHARTER MEMBERS
Clan Johnston's War Record
W HEN the world war started no Fiery Cross was needed to
summon Clansmen to the rallying ground. They knew they
were needed. And thus two years before America entered the conflict
two members of Clan Johnston, Norman K. MacLeish and
David Waldie had crossed the seas and volunteered their service and
their lives to the Mother Country. (The latter, a veteran of the Boer
War, was the only volunteer from this section who served with
Kitchener's "First Hundred Thousand".)
From then on until the close of hostilities Clansmen, and Scots
not affiliated with the Clan, fought under the Stars and Stripes, the
Maple Leaf and the Union Jack. Thirty-eight clansmen in all went
out. Of these twenty were under Old Glory; twelve rallied under the
Maple Leaf and six fought the duration of war under the Union
Jack. Of the six three made the supreme sacrifice; one was wounded,
gassed and decorated with the Distinguished Conduct Medal; one
was wounded and crippled for life; one returned unscathed.
The record with the Stars and Stripes was equally illustrious,
whether in the front line trenches or in the hazardous work of mine
laying in the North Sea. One Clansman was cited by General Edwards
for bravery under fire. The men fighting under the Maple
Leaf of Canada were second to none, some of whom saw service
almost two-thirds around the world.
Clansmen did their part in a "far flung battle line." They
wallowed in the mud of the rat infested trenches of Flanders and
France, bravely withstanding the gas, the liquid fire and every
other form of destruction of the enemy. They bore the heat of the
noon-day sun on the desert sands of Egypt, under the shadow of the
Pyramids, with "centuries looking down on them." At Gallipoli they
shared in the heroic but badly planned attempt to capture the
Golden Horn from the unspeakable Turk and then open a way to
the back-door of the Kaiser's domain. They braved the malaria and
the enemy at Saloniki. To Siberia they went and thousands of miles
inland, amid the pines, the frost and snow of the far Northeast they
fought the Bolsheviki.
When hostilities finally ceased and the enemy brought to his
knees, the returning Soldiers and Sailors were given a rousing welcome
home in February, 1920. The occasion was tinged with sorrow
for three stalwarts lay buried in Flanders Field or France. Tokens
of appreciation were presented to the veterans by the clan, through
Past Chief Samuel R. Harris. It is fitting to recall in part his words
"We see around us tonight, men who would not wait for the
question of peace or war to be debated in the land of our adoption,
but rushed to the ranks of our Mother Country, and proved they
were, as our Clan Motto reads "Ready, Aye, Ready." The names of
every clan are written in deep crimson upon the battlefields of the
Great World War. No less valorous were they who when war was
declared in the land of Freedom and Liberty, laid aside civil life and
took up the arduous task of the soldier and the sailor.
"Scotsmen to-day have not forgotten the immortal Wallace or
Bruce. They will always uphold the tradition of the Tartan, with the
fire and fury which has distinguished the Scots in battle from age to
age. Some people claim that a man cannot love two countries. Those
who say so do not speak for Scotsmen. We love the land we left; we
also love the land of our adoption. They both stand for Freedom and
THE HONORED DEAD
Lance Corporal William Rae-5th Black Watch—Killed at Loos, April 26, 1916.
Sergeant James Cavain—British Army—Killed at Somme, April 19, 1918.
Private David C. Croall-5th Black Watch—Killed at Voormegeleeon, Apr. 27,1918.
As the badges of honor were presented the veterans were in
charge of Sergeant John C. Auchterlonie who, as the names of the
illustrious dead were called responded, "Made the Supreme Sacrifice."
THE HONOR ROLL
Clan Johnston as Entertainers
HARMONY is the success of all organizations and in this respect
Clan Johnston stands out among New England Clans.
For many years Clan Johnston annually celebrated the birth of
Robert Burns and the talent heard at these concerts was the best
obtainable. A Burns concert was an event looked forward to by the
whole of Andover.
Within the ranks of the Clan itself there was an abundance of
musical ability and originality. This was seen in the musical comedy
"A Night out of the Trenches" by Clansman William Walker and
presented with unusual success by ex-service men members of the
clan. The friendly rivalry between the local Clan and Clan Lindsay
of North Cambridge led to the formation of a Clan Johnston choir.
From small beginnings it developed into a full fledged Glee Club
and under the baton of Alexander Bertram made a record for itself.
The club was in great demand and gave concerts not only locally
but at Clan gatherings and celebrations in New England. It was
the only Glee club, under Clan auspices in this section of the country.
It had the honor of singing at the initiation of Hon. John G. Winant,
governor of New Hampshire and other notables of that state under
the auspices of Clan McKinnon of Portsmouth.
The officers of the Glee club were: Alexander Bertram, president
and director; George Keith, treasurer; Alexander Valentine,
secretary; David A. Forbes, George Brown, David B. Robb, executive
The Glee Club personnel: Alexander Valentine, David Wallace,
Henry M. Fairweather, Alexander Bertram, Robert Cargill, Alexander
B. Duke, Charles R. Valentine Jr., James Page, David Gentles,
David B. Robb, Harry Stewart, John S. White, Edward Thorburn,
David A. Forbes, George Leacock, George B. Carmichael, George
B. Petrie, John M. Caldwell, John Elder, George Brown, George
Clan Johnston's Male quartet functioned for several seasons at
entertainments and over the air. The quartet was Robert Cargill,
first tenor; Alexander Bertram, second tenor; John M. Caldwell,
baritone, George B. Carmichael, bass.
Instrumentally the Clan came into prominence through its
double quartet of trombone players. Instructed by Dr. Carl F.
Pfatteicher, head of the music department of Phillips Academy, the
quartet gave a number of concerts from the War Memorial tower at
the Academy and also on the radio. Six were members of Clan
Johnston: George B. Carmichael, George Leacock, George B.
Petrie, Alexander Bertram, David A. Forbes and the late Alfred
As entertainers Clan Johnston is second to none and can stage
a concert of excellent worth for any occasion. Among its leading
entertainers is Henry M. Fairweather, versatile and accomplished,
and in constant demand. Let it be said in conclusion that Clan
Johnston never fails to strike a harmonious chord wherever it goes
or when it plays the host.
CHIEFS OF CLAN JOHNSTON
THE ROYAL DEPUTIES
THOMAS THIN, P.C.-1915 to 1918
ROBERT DOBBIE, P.C.-192o
GEORGE B. PETRIE, P.C.-1933
Clan Officers, 1933
Active Roll of Members, 1933
DISTRICT ASSEMBLY ORGANIZED
At the last annual convention of the Grand Lodge held in
Hamilton, Ontario, June 1932, it was voted to organize district
assemblies, for the purpose of better facilitating the business of the
ever increasing number of Auxiliaries in this country and Canada.
Massachusetts was among the first to organize a district assembly
and at its institution in October, 1932, it conferred a signal honor
on a past president of Clan Johnston Auxiliary by electing Miss
Margaret Petrie to be the first president of the Assembly. Miss
Petrie was the youngest president of the Auxiliary. Mrs. Samuel R.
Harris, another past president, was elected a trustee.
MRS. WILLIAM CUNNINGHAM* MRS. SAMUEL R. HARRIS
MRS. DAVID BRUCE * MRS. ALEXANDER VALENTINE
MRS. MINNIE RODGER MRS. DAVID A. FORBES
MRS. ROBERT NICOLL MRS. THOMAS HOLDEN
MRS. JOHN COLLIER MRS. GEORGE B. PETRIE
MRS. THOMAS THIN MRS. ALEXINA GUTHRIE
MRS. ALEXANDER GORDON MRS. THOMAS NEIL
MRS. JOHN MCGRATH MISS MARGARET PETRIE
MRS. ROBERT Low MRS. THOMAS B. GORRIE
MRS. GEORGE B. CARMICHAEL
Officers Elect 1933
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