Headlining this celebration of culture will be the pipes and drums, and Scottish dancing that bring the everyday flavor to the music kaleidoscope that is such an integral part of the Scottish Culture and its influence. Also appearing will be the Methodist University Noblemen, Grace Notes, and Chamber Orchestra, performing music by Scottish composers.
History of the Scots in the Cape Fear Region
The Highland Scots came to the shores of North Carolina between 1736 and 1739 on a small ship called the Thistle sailing up the Cape Fear River to settle along the banks of the river. They named their little village Campbellton. Several years later, a mill was built on the banks of Cross Creek, and a town named Cross Creek built up around the mill. In 1783, the two towns merged and chose the name Fayetteville in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, a Revolutionary war hero who visited the area after the Revolution during his tour of the United States.
As time passed, the Scottish descendants moved inland across what is now known as Cumberland County, spreading east and west in to today’s Scotland, Hoke, Moore, and neighboring counties. The Scottish names of MacRae, McLeod, Stewart, Monroe, McPherson, McFayden, McDonald, and many more are found in the early cemetery markers and street names that dot all of the communities in the Cape Fear region.
The Scottish settlers were successful in their farming and merchant efforts, and they came together to celebrate their efforts, renew old bonds, and celebrate the culture of the area by holding Scottish Festival days. These celebrations included Scottish piping, drumming, and singing, as merchandise and farm products were sold and traded among the populace. The Scots appeared by the 1800s to be the largest, most cohesive population residing in the upper cape fear region at this time and held many leadership positions. Today, the area is a far more diverse population. However, the descendants of the early Scottish settlers, the Cape Fear Valley Scottish Clans, are still active and proud of their heritage, celebrating their music and culture.