In 1987 a group of eight “kinsmen” traveled to England and Scotland. Part of their time was spent at Newbattle Abby just southeast of Edinburgh where they studied a bit about Scottish history and were introduced to the archives in Edinburgh where they searched for the “footprints” of the immigrant David and his family. They concluded their searching by engaging a “professional researcher” to continue the work; unfortunately he turned out to be a scammer. Those who made the trip to Scotland were: Paul and Ruth Herriott, (JFO), Cincinnati, OH Ned and Lola Thomas, (AND) Cambridge, OH Doris and Bill Smith, (AND), Alameda, CA Virgil and Ruth Herriott, (AND), Lake Norden, SD
One of the highlights of the trip was meeting Ella Herriott and part of her family who lived in and near Edinburgh. Other highlights included visiting the Parish and village of Heriot (although there is no evidence that any Herriotts ever lived there) and visiting the Heriot Hospital, a charitable institution for the education and welfare of fatherless boys, founded by George “Jinglin’ Geordie” Heriot after his death in 1624.
The Herriott Heritage Association had a wonderful excursion to Scotland from 26 July to 3 August 2014. From Edinburgh we went to Loch Lomand, Inveraray Castle, and the Isle of Skye and Portree, then to Maillaig, Glenfinnan and the ‘Harry Potter’ viaduct , Glencoe and Castle Stalker. From Oban we went to the Isles of Mull, Iona and Staffa. We saw Finegan’s Cave and puffins on Staffa. Then it was to Pitlochry, Loch Ness and the Eilean Donan Castle, and returning to Edinburgh. A wonderful highlight at Edinburgh was an impressive presentation of the Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. The touring group is very grateful to Ray Harriot for putting this excursion together. Gary Goodwin memorialized the tour in his photoshow. We thank Gary for allowing us to share our tour with you.