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There has always been a lively group of triangle residents with an interest in Scottish culture.  Some were primarily dancers, others pipers, drummers, fiddlers, or simply Scotophiles.  A group of these people got together in 2002 and formed SCOT as a way to share these interests with each other and the wider Triangle community.  Since then SCOT has sponsored numerous activities and performances, from small ceilidhs (parties) to large performances including international as well as local talent. There is an activity almost every month from whisky tastings to family barbeques, golf tournaments to Afternoon Teas.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Scotland or any facet of Scottish culture.  Benefits of membership include “Great SCOT”, a quarterly newsletter, with an assortment of upcoming events, recipes, poems, historical information, and various related articles. (See below for links to the previous year's archived newsletters.) Members receive discounts on SCOT activities and emails of up-coming events that may be of interest.  SCOT is a 501(c)(3) organization.

If you are interested in joining, use our online registration form to pay with PayPal or check or download the printable membership form and send it in with your check.  Otherwise, you may contact Donald Ross at

Board of Directors

The SCOT Board of Directors is elected each year at the AGM, and new board members are welcome. Meet the current Board Members.

 Diane Hill
  .Diane Hill retired to Fuquay-Varina in 2006 after an upstate New York career with the NYS Legislature's Rural Resource Commission and the NYS Small Cities office.
Her lifelong interest in Scotland's culture, history and archaeology will certainly  be augmented through serving actively as board  member, helper, planner-wherever she's needed.
Her Scots and Ulster ancestors are McDonald, Cole, Hamilton, Mitchell and undetermined others who settled first in Maine and Maryland, moving on to Kentucky-always attracted to high country and wild places! While her "heart's in the Highlands" she's got family throughout the south and loves the warm-hearted Carolinian people.
She is now planning some "off the beaten path" travel to Scotland and Ireland in the near future.

  Carolyn McDonald Graf became interested in Scottish culture when she discovered that the stories her father had told her about the massacre of Glencoe were facts in her English history book. She has played in a pipe band, is a premier Scottish Highland Dancer, and enjoys Scottish Country Dancing.

Lara Seltmann

Lara Seltmann, I am a native of North Carolina. My family on my mother's side consisted of many different Scots that settled in the eastern part of the state.  I am a descendant of the Moores of Moore's Creek, of Colonel Needham Bryan who led the battle at Moore's Creek, the Sloans that established the town that today is known as Garland, NC, the Cromarties of Wilmington, NC, the Grahams as in Frank Porter Graham and Archibald "Moonlight" Graham are cousins, and am also descendants of the Sillers, Robinsons, and Torreys of Scotland. I come from a long, robust line of Scots that helped make history in the state of North Carolina. We are recognized as being a part of both Clan MacKenzie and Clan Urquhart.  I became interested in joining SCOT as my daughter is a highland dancer.

Pat Johnston
, Treasurer of SCOT, has celebrated her Scottish heritage all her life and has been a teacher of both Highland and Scottish Country Dancing for over 25 years. Traveling to Scotland and learning more about Scottish culture is one of her passions. She is also a CPA with more than 30 years of accounting background specializing in small business and individual accounting. She has been on the Board of Directors of FUSTA, the governing body for Scottish Highland Dance in the United States for more than 15 years and is currently the Treasurer of FUSTA, a position she has held since 1999. Pat is one of the founding members of SCOT and has been actively involved with this organization since its inception. Pat was married to the late Steve Johnston, frequent announcer of Highland Dancing and current President of Clan Johnston/e in America. Three of their four children have gone on to be Highland Dancers. Pat enjoys all Scottish activities and loves doing things with all her family, especially her grandchildren.

Cheryl Jones
grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, but has lived in Massachusetts, Germany, and Tennessee.  She has had a career as a professional administrator for the past 20 plus years.  Her current interest in Scottish culture started after moving to North Carolina in 1991 and her daughter wanted to take dance.  By sheer luck, as they were watching PBS one day, there was a demonstration of Scottish dancing and that is how it all began.  Her daughter was hooked and so was she.  Turns out her husband’s maternal side of the family is Scottish and we have been traveling to Highland Games for dance competitions ever since.  Started taking Highland dancing a couple of years after her daughter started and went on to Scottish Country Dancing, Cape Breton dancing and even line dancing. 


Warren Hinson

Warren Hinson, is a lifelong resident of North Carolina.  Born in the central part of the State in Lexington (home of the best barbecue in the world despite the claims of eastern & western NC residents), he completed undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University and then moved to the highlands of North Carolina for graduate studies in Biology at Appalachian State. There he met his lovely Wife Dianne (also a biology major), and there in the beautiful hills so reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, they raised a Family of three children:  Josh, Ryan, and Caroline.  While Warren and Dianne worked at various academic positions in Boone & Banner Elk, the Family was often exposed to Scottish influences in architecture, music, art, and life-style.
However, it was not until oldest son Josh began bagpipe lessons at NC State (with SCOT member John Sprague) that they became more immersed in the "culture" surrounding the various highland games on the east coast.  After moving to the Triangle area for work in the sciences, Warren & Josh were members of several pipe and drum bands in North Carolina (Josh a piper, Warren a tenor  and bass drummer), which meant travelling to highland games from Delaware to Georgia for band competitions.  At the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in 2016, Dianne and Warren learned of the SCOT organization, and thus joined to increase their exposure to - and further their enjoyment of - the Scottish history they have since learned is a part of their own.
Warren and Dianne are now retired and live in Apex, NC, but travel in their RV as often as possible to explore/hike new locales.

Donald Ross
, Current President & Membership Chairman, is a native Scot and has lived in Raleigh and been an active board member for several years. You may contact him at 919-934-1915 or at

John Sprague
serves as the piping and drumming representative on the SCOT Board. He Directed the NCSU Pipes and Drums from 1977 to 2012 and continues to be recognized as a local authority on piping.  He is Director of Piping at the Cary Indoor Solo Piping Competition each spring.

Catherine McKinley

Mrs. Catherine A McKinley,
I'm the Mother of 2 long time Highland Dancers who competed for over 10 years.
I have a little Scottish blood on my Mother's side
(Clan Dunwoodie). married to a man of stong Scottish heritage.
Moved with husband to Raleigh in 1995 when he was transferred with IBM for whom he worked as a patent attorney.
I am currently, a co-lead teacher  at a montessori preschool.

Tiffany Cissell

Tiffany Cissel,
Tiffany Cissel has been captivated by her Scottish heritage her entire life. Throughout childhood, she heard her Scottish grandmother tell stories of her home in Ayrshire through her enduring Scottish brogue; those tales developed into both pride and fascination with Scotland for Tiffany. Tiffany is a graduate of NC State University and after 6 years working in the non-profit arena has returned to college to pursue a degree in web development. Tiffany’s hobbies include travel, cooking and volunteering at her church. Tiffany has been a proud member of SCOT since December 2014.




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