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Scotland has had long historical connections with Texas.
Over 40% of the original 300 colonists who settled there with the "Father of Texas" Stephen F. Austin (1793-
Sam Houston (1793-
There were 30 Scots, including Piper John McGregor, among those who fought and died in the Battle of the Alamo at San Antonio.
The Texas town of Ingram was named after the original Texas bragger who wrote home to Scotland with outrageous stories making extravagant claims about Texas.
There are 254 counties in Texas and more than 100 of the county names have Scottish connections. They include Anderson, Andrews, Armstrong, Brewster, Cameron, Harris, Hamilton, Kennedy, McLennan, McCulloch, Martin, Ochiltree, Robertson, Taylor, Walker, Wilson, Wood and Young.
The first Aberdeen-
The oldest signatory to the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico was Collin McKinney (1766-
Today Houston has annual Highland games, a Scottish Festival and a Heather and Thistle Society. The St Thomas' Episcopal School Pipe Band won the title of Juvenile World Pipe Band Champions in Glasgow in 2005.
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