How The Scots Came to Texas

Salado Museum and College Park Presents: A Special Program in Words and Music, Live at the Salado Museum during Texas History Days in Salado

Saturday, June 8, 10am to 4pm

The program consists of five different segments presented hourly throughout the day with words and video by speaker and college professor Nancy Boyens and with live music by historian and musician Joe Romeo. The presentations are free and open to the public. Donations welcome at the door.

Discover the story of Major Sterling C. Robertson, his Empresario grant and colony, and the migration of Scots into the Appalachian Mountains and on to Texas.

Learn about and enjoy the traditional music of Appalachia performed on banjo in the original “flailing” style of the Scots-Irish pioneers. Hear the haunting sound of the historic Scottish small pipes that once neared extinction.

10:00 am: Pioneer life in the early 1800s – the Jackson and Texas Colonization Era

11:00 am: Scots, Filibusters and Pirates

12:00 pm: Box Lunch Available for Purchase (Entertainment by Joe Romeo)

1:00 pm: Future Texans in the Creek War and the Battle of New Orleans

2:00 pm:Robertson Getting an Empresario Grant in Colonial Texas

3:00 pm: Robertson’s Colony in Texas

Nancy Boyens holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Baylor University and the University of North Texas with majors in Journalism, Radio-TV-Film, English, Education and Computer Education and Cognitive Systems. She has been a college professor at Texas State Technical College and McLennan Community College in Waco for 25 years. Ms. Boyens has spoken to numerous genealogy groups about Scottish heraldry and history. She enjoys research writing and has spent several years researching the life of Texas Empresario Sterling Robertson.

Joe Romeo performs a mixture of Celtic songs and tunes from the 1700’s to the present both in English, Irish and Scots Gaelic, accompanied alternately by the Scottish Small Pipes and the Irish Bouzouki. Joe studied singing with Shae Black of the famous Black family of Ireland, Bouzouki with Alan Murray of Glasgow, Scotland, and music theory with Ron Anthony, guitarist to Frank Sinatra. He began playing the Small Pipes in the early 1980’s when they were rescued from extinction.


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