Presentations and Seminars

Scotland is as rich and varied as its people. Understanding that culture is the study of a lifetime. Stone Mountain Highland Games is proud to provide an opportunity for our guests to enhance their knowledge of this fascinating land. On Friday afternoon, Stone Mountain Highland Games presents a variety of entertaining and educational seminars from experts eager to share their knowledge of Scottish culture and lore.


Graeme Mackenzie MA

Graeme Mackenzie MA is a Scottish professional historian and genealogist with over thirty years' experience researching and writing about the Highland clans.

He studied history at Cambridge University and worked initially as a rock music writer and broadcaster, developing an interest in country and bluegrass music whilst helping promote the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival. He moved to Inverness in the late 1980s where he established Highland Roots Research and became an active member of local historical and genealogical bodies. He's written papers for the Gaelic Society of Inverness, and served for seven years as the Chairman of the Highland Family History Society.

In 1993 he was appointed Curator of the Clan MacMillan International Centre and since 1995 he's been the Seanachaidh of Clan MacKenzie. He's written extensively about the history and genealogy of both clans and in the course of his professional work he's acquired an unparalleled knowledge of other Scottish families and names.

In 2013 he published "Genealogy in the Gaidhealtachd: Clan and Family History in the Highlands of Scotland". He followed that up in 2015 with "Highland Clan and Family Histories: A Guide to Published Histories, Genealogies and Family Trees", and in 2019 with "Septs, Septnames and Surnames of the Highland Clans".

He was the founding Chairman of the Association of Highland Clans and Societies, which has a membership representing over 40 clans, and at its inception was invited by the Scottish Government to serve on its "Clans & Ancestry Forum". He travels regularly in North America speaking on Scottish history and genealogy, and has done two lecture tours of New Zealand and Australia. For more on Graeme and his work, see


Beth Gay

Beth Gay has done speeches for the Stone Mountain Highland Games for many years. Before her retirement, she has given her classes all over the USA, as far away as California Games, Flagstaff, Arizona and Estes Park, Colorado, Glasgow, Kentucky, Maine Highland Games, and lots more, and has done talks in Scotland as well. She has been honored by twenty-seven Scottish Clans with Honorary Memberships and honored with many prestigious Clan Awards over the years for her work with the clans.

She was the Scottish Liaison at the Odom Library in Moultrie, Georgia, for 17 years and was responsible for Scottish Weekend as well. When she was retired, there were 135 Scottish Clans utilizing the Odom Library.

She has been invited to present seminars outside of Scottish Games and is responsible for many Scottish organizations being founded.

She has worked on genealogy most of her life. Over the past years, she has become familiar and comfortable with

Today she is the editor of Beth's Newfangled Family Tree on This publication has been in its present form since 2007, but the publication has been in existence since about 1999, standing in print from almost nothing and ending with a press run of 100,000 - when the expense caused it to have to become a digital publication.

She has been editor of several Scottish Clan publications over the years and today is editor of The Clan Henderson Society, The Clan Grant Society and also The Raknar Ragg - being co-editor with her husband, Thomas Freeman.

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