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COMMUNITY VOICE: Scottish Perth Amboy

At the last MoPA meeting, the subject of the ethnic flags came up. Since MoPA as an organization will not be purchasing, nor could we afford to, any of the flagpoles and flags for the International Park, we have approached the various groups who wish to be represented to supply their own. The response has been very positive. The American flag is already spoken for as well as a number of other ethnic/national flags. If at the dedication of the Cairn its planned to raise the Scottish flag we should consider raising it at the City Hall Circle as usual. To date no one has offered to pay for the flag and flagpole for Scotland. As far as Perth Amboy being under the direct governance of the Kingdom of Scotland I can only refer to George Dawson. Mr. Dawson is acknowledged as an expert on this subject and in his Spring 2008 report to the Raritan-Millstone Heritage Alliance is quoted as “ Scotland, as a country, never officially governed it’s East Jersey Colony, since it remained the possession of the English Crown. The kingdoms of Scotland and England , though sharing a king, did not merge into the single kingdom of Great Britain until 1703. Barclay and his fellow Scottish Proprietors, although running the colonization effort for East Jersey, did not fully control it, since Penn and other Englishmen (and one Irishman) also retained their properties”.

Tom Ward

Perth Amboy

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