Yes I am. My people left Scotland in the colonial days and settled in Virginia. When Alabama opened to settlement my direct line came down here, settling in the central part of the state in the early 19th century. Our line has always spelled it McLaurine (my maiden name) and a few off shoots spell it McLaurin. (We are somehow related to Colin the mathematician, a bitter sweet connection. On the one hand there is the family pride of being kin to such a brilliant mind and on the other is the fact that he fortified Edinburgh AGAINST the Jacobites…the shame I tell you, the shame.) .
My father (Now in Tennessee) has in the last few years decided to take up attending highland games as his new hobby. He and my step mother (a Patterson, one of our sept names) go to four or five a year. In the last year or two Clan MacLaren was the featured clan at the Grandfather Mountain games and they got the opportunity to meet our Clan Chief. Dad had much praise for our charismatic chief.(He sent me a few pictures of them together.) He is only the third Chief we have had over the last several centuries. His grandfather and father being the other two. Apparently we weren’t a recognized clan for a very long time, something about no one being willing to sign some British document to get the title, imagine that.
And so the Southern genealogist in me has to ask if you too have a connection to the Boar’s Rock.