About Scotsmen of the Carolinas; A Kilted Social Club

Scotsmen of the Carolinas was hatched in 2018 from an idea between Kyle Kissmann and a Stewart Clan organizer, Greg Houck, at the Stone Mountain Highland Games outside of Atlanta, GA. After being a member of the St Andrews Society, locally, for several years, and then having it disappear from the Fletcher, NC area, Kyle longed to gather to break bread over good conversation, with other people of Scottish Ancestry. So after a bit of conversation about the importance of a group like this, and helping others learn about their history, a facebook group was created on Nov. 24, 2018. Unfortunately, work got in the way and the project lay dormant until COVID reared it's ugly head, creating an opportunity for more free time. At the time our previous website creation (2.28.21), we had 370 members in our group and over 1300 likes on our page. We rebuilt our website on 10.07.2022 and we now have over 700 members and over 1500 followers.

At this time active membership is judged by a person in good standing in our facebook group. We are interested in participating in other forms of social media to facilitate further opportunities for membership, but as we are considered, by law, an unorganized club, we do not charge membership dues or provide annual dues cards, so social media is our most direct means of being able to control who is and isn't a member.

Scotsmen of the Carolinas is open to both men and women. Our membership remains at about 50/50. A member must reside in either NC or SC, be of Scot/Irish decent (Scots orginally migrated from Ireland, so if you have one, you most likely have the other, whether or not you are willing to admit it). Members are expected to actively participate in events in their area. If there are no current events, members are expected to host events. Everyone participating in an event is expected to pay for their own meal/ticket/drink/etc., so the event host should incur no additional cost in hosting said event. Want to host but aren't sure how to get started? Ask.

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The following are regions of our membership. In the future they will be replaced with organization subsets as members begin to participate and volunteer for different rolls in the club, such as "Regional Events Coordinator". Any member can participate in any event in any region. The Events Coordinator will assist in helping coordinate, post, and promote events in their area. If you would like to help coordinate events in your region and help others get involved, let us know. ALL positions are volunteer.

Western NC Region
WNC includes but is not limited to Buncombe, Polk, Henderson, Transylvania, Jackson, McDowell, Yancey, Cherokee, Caldwell, Burke, Watauga, and Rutherford Counties.

Piedmont NC Region
Piedmont NC includes but is not limited to Mecklenburg, Union, Guilford, Forsyth, Wake, Scotland, Cumberland, Wilkes, and Vance.

Eastern NC Region
Eastern NC includes but is not limited to Hyde, Carteret, New Brunswick, Robeson, Wayne, Pitt, Columbus, Bertie, Cumberland, Beaufort, Camden, and Washington.

Upstate SC Region
Upstate SC includes but is not limited to Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, Greenwood, Newberry, McCormick, Pickens, Laurens, York, Chester, Fairfield, and Oconee.

Central SC Region
Central SC includes but is not limited to Edgefield, Lexington, Richland, Sumter, Florence, Garlington, Calhoun, Orangeburg, and Barnwell.

Coastal SC Region
Coastal SC includes but is not limited to Jasper, Beaufort, Charleston, Dorchester, Berkley, Williamsburg, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, and Colleton.

Our logo

The caber tosser silhouette, on our merchandise and this website, is property of Scotsmen of the Carolinas and cannot be used by other entities or individuals without permission from Kyle Kissmann. Profits from our merchandise go directly to advertising and promotion, and is received for no other purpose.