Clan Pollock

Clan Pollock - Flowers of the Forest

Memories are a great resource. This page is dedicated to the memories of Clan Pollock member's, past and present. "A person who takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors cannot expect to be remembered for his noble deeds by remote descendants."

If you would like to have a note placed here to commemorate a friend, loved one or relative who was a member of Clan Pollock, please write to the editor of The Pollag.

In order to make it easier to find a specific person on this page, the entries are alphabetized by first name. You can skip to any letter grouping by clicking on the letter in the next row.
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Alexander Langlee


Alexander LangleeCancer victim rememberance
4/14/92 - 4/16/99
Childhood Cancer Awareness

Andrew J. Pollock of Billings Montana passed away in September after years of suffering with COPD. Andrew and Elsie were married for sixty-one years. Andrew was always very proud of his Scottish heritage - his grandfather, Gavin Pollock II came to America in 1880 from the Glasgow area.

Anne Barrett-Lennard Pollock, of Devonshire, England, passed away March 5, 2012. Anne was the widow of the Rev. Dr. John C. Pollock, who passed away in January of this year.

Billie Pride Pollock Mother of Richard Pollock, Past Clan President & current Clan Genealogist, of Madisonville, Kentucky passed away in February, 2003 after a long illness.

Bob Dunbar I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Bob Dunbar, a charter member of Clan Pollock. Bob, and his wife Marion Pollock Dunbar, were staunch supporters of our efforts to establish Clan Pollock in the United States and Canada. That support continued over the many years since our first annual meeting at Grandfather Mountain in 1980. A few years before Clan Pollock was founded, Bob launched a dedicated effort that resulted in the founding of Clan Dunbar in the United States. The knowledge he gained from that successful effort he readily shared with me and especially with our founder, Rhys Pollock. Rhys told me that Bob Dunbar's counsel and advice was invaluable to his early efforts. Bob enjoyed a great sense of humor and he was ever ready with a joke or a funny story. He sincerely loved to join with friends and fellow Scotsmen at Scottish games and festivals in many parts of our great country. Bob joined the Army just before the outbreak of World War II, and served in the Pacific Theater under General Douglas MacArthur. In the fight to liberate the Philippine Islands, he was with one of the lead combat units that liberated a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Marion told me the memory of that day never left him. Bob was ninety years old when he passed away. He will be missed by his family and his many friends. Well done, Bob. Be thou at peace. ~Bill Pollock July 2005.

Byran Dow Marshburn, of Greeshboro, North Carolina, died February 13, 2003. He was a member of Clan Pollock since 1992. He is survived by his wife, Sara, two children & two grandchildren and his twin brother, Dr. Tom Marshburn,

Bryan Pollock, Tacoma, WA I would like to thank everyone for their prayer support Bryan and Susanover the past few months for my husband, Bryan Pollock. He was called home to his Lord and Savior on Monday, November 9. He is now completely healed from his cancer! We are surrounded by many loving family members and friends. My son, David, played the pipes for him shortly before his passing and intends to play Amazing Grace at the services. Bryan loved his Scottish heritage and instilled that love upon his nine children. His passing leaves a huge hole in our lives, but God, in His mercy, will give us the strength to carry on. Rejoicing in the goodness of God, Susan Pollock.

Burney Parker of Brenham, TX passed away April 17, 2003.

Catholene Pollock, mother of Clan President A.D. Pollock, passed away on February 5th, 2006. She was over 95 years old and lived a good, long time. Our condolences to Clara and A.D. Pollock.

Charles (Chuck) B. PollockCharles (Chuck) B. Pollock, of Littleton, Colorado, passed away recently. Chuck was a Clan Pollock lifetime member. We send our sympathy to his wife, Kaye, and their family. Chuck and Kaye were loyal members and attendees at the Estes Park Games. We enjoyed seeing them last Fall. (We received this announcement in time for the August 2012 issue of The Pollag.


Elizabeth (Deutzy) Pollock Shutt of Island, KY passed away April 26, 2003, a few weeks short of her 99th birthday.

Genevieve Myrtle Richards Hand, born in Kewanee, IL July 8, 1907, died December 19, 2003. She joined Clan Pollock in June of 1982. She is survived by her niece, Joan Herrick.

Harvey Carlyle Pollock 4/3/1921 to 2/15/2006, Dr. H. Carlyle Pollock, retired orthodontist, died peacefully in his home on his Sedalia Colorado ranch. He and his wife, Virginia (died 1994), settled on this beautiful ranch over 45 years ago.

Services were held President's Day 2006, in the New Hope Presbyterian Church in Castle Rock, Colorado. The memorial celebrated Carlyle Pollock's Scottish bloodlines, western heritage, equestrian expertise, and Christian faith.

A reception followed at the home of Carla (Pollock) Holst and Andy Holst on the Sedalia ranch. Pollock, raised in Fair Oaks, Clayton, Missouri, attended St. Louis Country Day School, New Mexico Military Institute, University of Arizona, St. Louis University, and Washington University in St. Louis. He served in the ROTC, Army Air Corps, and at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center.

Dr. Pollock brightened the smiles of many through the practice of orthodontia in Denver. He specialized in the Crozat Method developed by his father, a leader in orthodontia from 1920 to 1960. His marriage to Virginia Marshall in 1950 resulted in years of happy hospitality and three children, Stratton, William, and Carla, whose lives were filled with horses, fishing, pact trips, and friends. Together they preserved the beautiful "Cramer homestead" on West Plum Creek in Sedalia, improved the land, added acreage, and raised many a good horse.

Dr. Pollock (Papa Polly) loved his grand children, Virginia and John Carlyle, as well as his step-grandchildren, Jenelle and Colette Holst. He will be remembered with love for his great stories, lively sense of humor, and deep heritage, which he shared on earth and will share with us in heaven. For more information, contact Carla Pollock Holst, 2361 Perry Park Rd. Sedalia, CO 80135

Mr. Herbert William "Bill" Pollock, died Feb. 25, 2008. The U.S. government named a mountain in Antarctica in his honor, "Mt. Pollock." Many of us remember Bill's interesting talk about working in Antarctica at the 1996 AGM in Estes Park.

Dr. Houston Lowry passed away August 12, 2010. He lived in Madisonville, TN and was a family practice physician for 43 years.

Despite being confined to a wheelchair for many years, Dr. Lowry was a regular attendee at Scottish Games at Gatlinburg, TN; Glasgow, KY; Grandfather Mountain, N.C.; Murfreesboro, TN and Stone Mountain, GA. Dr. Lowry attended the July Grandfather Mountain Games this year. He was a member of Clan Donald USA and Clan MacLaren Society of N.A. and held positions in these clans as well as other Scottish organizations. He was a World War II veteran serving in the Marine Corps. We extend our sympathy to his wife of 62 years, Freda Lowry and family.

Irvin Richard Strauss, Los Alamos, New Mexico, husband of Mariel Strauss. (We don't have the dates of his birth or passing, but we were told of it in May 2009.)

Dr. James L. Pollock, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, passed away September 9, 2006.

James W. Pollock, of Colorado passed away March 1, 2009.

James W. (Jim) Reece, Charlotte, NC, passed away April 7, 2012. Jim was a descendant of President Polk through the Reverend Charles Polk. He was Secretary of the Polk Memorial Support Fund Inc. Jim was a Navy veteran who went on to earn his law degree from Indiana University. We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife, Janet, and the rest of his family.

Jane Pollock Ohl, of Denver, Colorado. Ruth Woodward writes that Jane joined Clan Pollock in 1995. Jane passed away August 18, 2009.

Jerry (Gerald U.) Dinneen of Denver Colorado passed away on July 15, 2003. He survived his beloved wife Kay by only thirteen months, and died peacefully, after a short illness. After a simple funeral mass and graveside service, attended only by family members, he was buried beside his wife of 64 years, and we pray that they are now together in Heaven.

Jerry and his wife were long time members of Clan Pollock. They joined within the first three or four years of the clan's existence around 24 or 25 years ago. He was a brother-in-law of Robert Slemmons, our Kansas Commissioner. Though they lived in Colorado, they attended many of the annual meetings and clan gatherings in the East as well as in the West.

Dr. John Black Clan Pollock member, Carol Black, Prescott Valley, AZ, writes that her husband, Dr. John Black, passed away suddenly in January, 2010.

John C. Polk of Tulsa, OK. Dorothy E. Polk writes that her husband, John C. Pollock, a Clan Pollock member, passed away in December, 2009.

Rev. Dr. John Charles Pollock Devon, England. 1924 - January 6, 2012 It is with sadness that I report the death on 6 January 2012 of Lifetime Member, The Rev. Dr. John Charles Pollock in Devon, England.

John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anne Barrett-Lennard Pollock, daughter of Sir Thomas Richard Finnes Barrett-Lennard, 5th Bart. and Una Kathleen Finora Fitzherald Barrett-Lennard.

He was preceeded in death by his parents Robert Pollock and Ethel Mary Purefoy Powell Pollock.

John came from a notable Pollock Family line. His Grandfather was Charles Edward Pollock, Knight, Baron of the Exchequer; his Great Grandfather was The Rt. Hornorable Jonathan Frederick Pollock, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer; his Great Great Grandfather was David Pollock, Esquire, Saddler to King George III.

John was a prolific writer, penning some 23 books, ranging from The Master: A Life of ChristAmazing Grace: John Newtons's Story, to Gordon of Khartoum. He was also the official biographer of The Rev. Billy Graham.

Probably his most notable book was The Apostle: A Life of Paul. Originally published in 1969 in 10 languages, it has sold more than 3 million copies.

John's last work was the updating of The Apostle, just published in January 2012. This is an excellent book and I encourage all of you to get a copy. John and Anne had promised to have the publisher send me a gratis copy when the book was published, and it was mailed the day before he died.

While I never met John face-to-face, he was a friend as well as a proven Cousin. We exchanged letters many times each year over the past 15 years, and I gained from the exchange considerable guidance on writing biographies, research methods and family history, all of which were invaluable as I have written and privately published 5 family history books for my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I will miss him as will the world of Christian Literature. - Richard H. Pollock, DSA Scot, Clan Genealogist

There is an article about him at Wikipedia.

Lois Pollock, passed away on Sept. 21, 2006. Her last birthday was August 27, she was born in 1903. She was 103 yrs. old. She lived in Plain Grove, PA, Lawrence County, near New Castle, PA. Her remaining members of the family are her son, James Robert Dice, who took wonderful care of her, and only niece, Ruth Carr; she had many cousins. Her father was Lewis Alexander Pollock and her mother was Lucy Belle Miles Pollock. They all lived in the same place for over 150 years.

Mrs. Margaret Pollock, Belvidere, Illinois, wife of Clan Pollock member, Nevin C. Pollock. Our sympathy to Mr. Pollock. We were informed of her passing in time for the July 2004 Pollag.

Marion Novotny Our sympathy to the family of Marion Novotny, 92, Clan Pollock member from Boulder, Colorado. Her granddaughter, Anna, called with the sad news in time for the August 2008 Pollag.

Michael T. Carden, of Durham, North Carolina, passed away September 26, 2012 after a brave battle with lung cancer. Memorial donations may be made to: New Sharon United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, 1601 New Sharon Church Rd., Hillsborough, NC 27278

Michael T. CardenMichael T. Carden


We send our sympathy to his wife, Gail Pollock Carden, and their family. Mike was always ready to help in any way with the Clan Pollock activities especially at the Grandfather Mountain Games and other N.C. Games and also at Stone Mountain, GA. Mike was a dear friend and a faithful member of Clan Pollock. He will be greatly missed by all of us.


Ralph W. Paulk, Hayward, California. We do not have the dates of his birth or death, but were informed of his passing in May, 2009.

Richard H. Pollock Our Sympathy to the family of Richard H. Pollock a Clan Pollock member from San Antonio, Texas, who passed away May 8, 2006.

Major Robert Dunbar Our sympathy to Marion Pollock Dunbar, Clan Pollock Lifetime Member, and her family in the loss of her husband, Major Bob Dunbar, who passed away January 26, 2005 at the age of 90 years. The Dunbars had not been able to attend the Games for several years due to his ill health, but they were always loyal supporters of Clan Pollock.

Robert Irvin Harper, of Winston-Salem, N.C. We were informed of his passing in November 2009.

Robert Sheldon Slemmons March 12, 1922 - October 22, 2007 Clan Pollock member and Kansas Commissioner, Robert S. Slemmons, passed away suddenly October 22, 2007. We received word recently from his widow, Dorothy. Bob was a longtime Clan Pollock member and he and Dorothy had hosted the Kansas games for many years for Clan Pollock. He and Dorothy had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary December 16, 2005. Bob is also survived by four children; twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Bob was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Topeka where he and Dorothy sang in the Choir for over 50 years. Bob wrote volumes of memoirs, historical essays, children's stories, poetry and limericks.  On his bathroom mirror were the words:

"Life is short, and we have never too much time for making glad the hearts of others.
Oh, be swift to love;
make haste to be kind."

We send our sincere sympathy to Dorothy and the rest of the family. Robert (Bob) S. Slemmons will be greatly missed.

Ronald C. Polk Sr. 16 Jan 1932 - 29 April 2010. A proud American, a Texan of Scottish heritage and long time member of Clan Pollock. He spent his life as a soldier so I know he is finally home with all the Scottish Warrior Poets who have fought the good fight and gone on before him.

Rosemary Pollock, of Wilmington, North Carolina With deep sadness I must report thatrosemary pollock Rosemary Pollock, one of the most gracious and wonderful ladies I have had the privilege of knowing in my lifetime,has passed away. She was one of the founding members of Clan Pollock and her efforts were crucial to our early success. As the Clan's first secretary, for many years she tirelessly worked to ensure that one day we would become the wonderful and successful organization we are today.

Together with her husband Rob, they represented Clan Pollock for many years at the Grandfather Mountain Games in North Carolina, the most well known games in the country. This was at a time when very few Highland games were held West of the Mississippi River. In those days it was hard to get started as a new clan unless you were represented at the Grandfather Mountain games. So their representation there, and at other Highland games along the East Coast, was critical, not only to Clan Pollock becoming a recognized clan, but also to ensuring that we would continue to grow and be become the wonderful organization we enjoy today.

She was a wonderful and gracious lady to all that knew her, and I know she will be deeply missed by her husband Rob, and by her family and many friends. God Bless Rosemary Pollock. Reported to us by William C. Pollock Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colorado in the May, 2012 Pollag.

Ruth E. Bell, of Buena Park, Colorado. We were informed of her passing in May 2009.

Thomas F. Pollock, of Monrovia, CA, member of Clan Pollock since 1992. Born in 1911, he was a retired Navy Captain. Our sympathy to his wife, Olive Pollock. We were informed of his passing in time for the July 2004 Pollag.

V. David J. Pollock, Jr. on June 10, 2010. His father, V. David J. Pollock, Sr. sent us this news.

Vernon L. Brown, Jr., of Ridgewood, New Jersey, member of Clan Pollock since 1990. Mr. Brown was a consultant. Our sympathy to his wife, Violette Brown. We were informed of his passing in time for the July 2004 Pollag.

William Pollock of Auckland, New Zealand. The death on January 16, 2005 in Auckland New Zealand of William Pollock in his 96th year, brings to an end a remarkable family of ten brothers and sisters which had its origins in the townland of Clintagh in County Down in Ulster. With the exception of James Pollock, my Father, all of the others survived into their nineties; four of the sons emigrated to New Zealand and the USA in the early 1900s, and William with two of his sisters left Ireland for New Zealand in 1951. There are now many descendants of these emigres in many parts of the world.

This particular family is itself one of a long line of Pollocks who were farmers in County Down, and I myself was born and brought up on the same land where they had settled for 250 years. As they prospered various sub-branches spread around the locality over time, and in 1871 a Pollock/Pollock marriage occurred (probably between cousins),and this couple eventually emigrated to America with their nine Ulster-born children. They settled in Allegheny County, Pa. where they had a further three children, and many of their descendants are centred around that area.

My 'cousin' Joan (Pollock) Vranesa in Denton, Texas and I have been trying to compile a family tree of the County Down Pollocks, and while we have a considerable file, data in Ireland before 1800 is difficult to get. As far as I am aware no full history of the Pollock name in Ireland exists, but one assumes that 'our' Pollocks are likely to be the descendants of the original Robert Pollock (1726-1799) mentioned in the Lloyd Welsh Pogue book of The Pollocks (p xxiv).

Any help from readers about Pollocks in Ireland would be most welcome. One further bit of historical information may be of interest to readers. The Clintagh Pollocks intermarried with the McKees - another notable family in the locality; my Great-Great-Grandmother was Rebecca McKee(1793-1850).

During the 1798 rebellion in Ulster English soldiers destroyed the McKee home during a (mistaken) search for hidden arms. Before setting fire to the house, soldiers allowed Mrs McKee (Rebecca's Mother) to take one item. She chose the Family Bible. This Mckee Bible still exists - I've had in my hands. It has been in the Pollock family care ever since the intermarriage, and is now with my late Uncle William's family in new Zealand.

~(Professor) John M. Pollock, Clan Member.
The Mill House, Glandyfi, Machynlleth, Wales SY20 8SS. UK.

William Mitchell Pollock, of Sun City West, Arizona, passed away on July 28, 2003. William had been a member of Clan Pollock since 1993. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1927. Our sympathy to his daughter, Kimberly J. Pollock of San franciso, CA.

William P. Polk, of Lexington, Oklahoma, member of Clan Pollock since 2000. Born in 1939, he was a deputy sheriff. Our sympathy to his wife, Margaret Polk. We were informed of his passing in time for the July 2004 Pollag.

2 thoughts on “Flowers of the Forest”

  1. The first passage about Andrew Pollock I believe is in correct. It was his father, Gavin Pollock the 2nd, that immigrated in 1880 from Scotland, I believe. Is this correct?

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