2014 Scots in the Bush

On 15-17 August, the ECSA was represented at the 5th annual Scots in the Bush weekend at the historic Boondooma homestead, about 350 km north-west of Brisbane. Boondooma was first settled as a cattle station in about 1846 by two Scottish families - the Lawsons and the Alexanders. The weekend consisted of live performers (bush bands, a pipe band, highland dancers, Celtic bands), highland games (tossing the caber - not full size, throwing the haggis - not real haggis), plus Scottish merchandise tents and others, a Kirking of the Tartan ceremony, piping in the haggis and the following address to the haggis, plus various informal events. We had a lot of fun, and we'll be there in the future.

The photos below show one of the performers demonstrating the bagpipes (not everyone there was very familiar with them) and the ECSA banner over the front of our accommodation for the weekend.

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Elliot Crest

Boldly and Rightly

Clan Chief

Clan Chief Margaret Eliott
Chief Margaret Eliott
Margaret of Redheugh
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Book for Sale

The society has copies of the book "Clan", by David P. Elliot for sale for $18. If you would like to order it, please send us an email.


The story draws heavily on the Clan system in Scotland in a very turbulent period in The Borders. It includes both contemporary and historical information which will interest those who enjoy supernatural or historical or thriller genres.

David Elliot is 57, frustrated, out of work and has three failed marriages behind him. In 2007 he goes to the Borders of Scotland hoping that his ancestry will help him find some validation of his life. Accompanied by his daughter, son-in-law and his grandson Thomas, he finds that his bloodline leads his family into terrifying danger. 700 years of history threaten those he holds dearest, as myth and reality of “The Bloodiest Valley in Britain” combine.

The corruption of the rich and powerful meets legend as Good and Evil clash over the ancient Throne of Scotland and power in the modern world. William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Border Reivers, creatures of supernatural horror and past heroes of the Elliot Clan are all involved, as the evil Lord William de Soulis actions his plan to assume power over an unsuspecting world.

All that stands against him is a family fighting desperately to protect a child. Their only weapon is their love of family… the power of their Clan.

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