78TH ANNUAL ROSS FAMILY REUNION
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Before the reunion started, Suzanne Love invited Pat and others to visit their Sugar Bush in Holstein. The large building was going to serve as a location for an upcoming wedding. Everything was lush and green due to the rain, and the mosquitoes were having a field day as well.
Once again the weather co-operated during the morning, in order that Pat and I could visit the pioneer cemetery in Waterdown, Ontario, where I did an hour's work at the McGregor-Ross Mausoleum. It will require a few more trips to ensure that the lock on the installed gate can be inserted without difficulty. I'm fully convinced that the agencies of our many governments have never accepted the responsibility for preserving and protecting the memories of our ancestors. My McGregor ancestors are descended in the House of Glengyle from one of the earliest kings of Scotland. One of our Ross ancestors, John Ross, was a great patriot of Scotland . . . in that he favoured a Scottish king to rule his country rather than a German imported by England; descendants of Bonnie Prince Charlie's supporters at the time of Culloden have the honour of wearing a white cockade.
It is my wish that the Ross Family Reunion continue for many years into the future. It is my strong belief that the Clan Ross Association of Canada deserves the support of the families in attendance at our annual reunions! As members, we clearly show our pride in the history of the Rosses . . . the inventors, statesmen, writers, freedom seekers, and educators. As one of the ancient paired districts, the land of Ross has a long history . . . and Clan Ross Canada has the longest history among the Ross Clans in terms of the date of its founding. The Ontario branch has the honour of inviting a gathering of Rosses from around the world to its 50th anniversary in the year 2010.
On August 4, 2008, approximately 30 descendants of Alexander Ross and Margaret Noble once again enjoyed a get-together. Our spirit made up for the lack in numbers. Pictures of some lively games were taken during the pre-lunch period. Congratulations to the executive and all committees!