Clan Hall Society
For over 350 years, up to the end of the 16th Century, in the area along the Scottish and English border, there reigned the "Steel Bonnets" to the clash of steel and thundering hooves. The great border Clans feuded continuously among themselves. Robbery and blackmail were everyday professions - raiding, arson, kidnapping, murder and extortion were an acceptable part of the social system. The Scottish light cavalry, riding "Hobby" horses, were riding raiders known as the "Border Reivers".
Septs of Clan Hall: Collingwood, Crispin, De Aula, Fitz William, Ha, Hal, Hale, Halle, Harle, Haul(e), Haugh, Haw, & MacHall
As a member of Clan Hall Society, you have the opportunity:
· To join others in celebrating your Scottish heritage, customs, and culture and to learn more about our forebears together.
· To be part of an organization dedicated to promoting the history of the Anglo-Saxon border region between Scotland and England.
· To be a part of an organization where the members share a common ancestry.
· As a member, you will receive the Clan's newsletter, "The Border Reiver", published quarterly, full of educational and entertaining articles to keep you informed of Clan activities. Members are encouraged to contribute articles and comments.
· The system of commissioners across the country will keep you up-to-date on local and national activities.
· The Clan Hall Society was established in 1993. It is a nonprofit organization, tax-exempt
under IRS section 501(c)(3).
WHO CAN JOIN
Bearing the surname of Hall or of Hall ancestry or one of the septs.
Any person, not of Hall lineage, who wants to be associated with Clan Hall Society.
There are five (5) categories of membership available
Individual Membership $15.00 / Youth Membership $15.00 /
Family Membership $20.00 (Children under the age of 18 - Free)
Associate Membership: Same cost as Regular Membership.
Life Membership: Any person meeting the requirements of a Regular Membership and makes a payment equal to fifteen (15) years' annual dues [$225.00 Individual / $300 Family].
For a membership application or join online – www.clanhallsociety.org
Membership Secretary – Skip Hall, 5695 Cider Mill Crossing, Youngstown, Ohio 44515
Our Society does not present itself as a Clan proper which needs a duly recognized Chief. We are a society celebrating the independence and Hall legacy as a Border Clan and family.
The Hall Tartan is registered as #2092 with the Scottish Tartan Society in Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland, which may be worn by anyone who bears, or is a descendant of, the name Hall, or any of its variables, and any of the allied families.
CREST & COAT of ARMS
The Talbot was an ancient breed of hunting hound that was common in the Borders during the era of the Border Reiver. This symbol is common in Crests and other Coat of Arms associated with the Hall surname. It represents Courage, Vigilance, and Loyalty. Traditionally the Talbot is either solid black or solid white depending on whether it is associated with an English or Scottish Hall. Clan Hall Society adopted the bi-color Talbot to represent our representation of all Border Halls.
The Cranes on the shield of the Coat of Arms are associated with similar Scottish Hall Coats of Arms. We have retained the crane in the Clan Hall Society Coat of Arms because of its representation of Strong Family and Parental Bonds.
The Shield’s Chevron stands for Protection, Builders, or others who have accomplished a faithful service. In the case of Clan Hall Society it represents all those with the Hall surname, both past and present, who have contributed to the history of nations, industries, the arts, and exploration as Halls dispersed throughout the world.
The Helmet represents Wisdom and Security in Defense. The profile view symbolizes both looking to the past for the knowledge acquired and looking to the future where that knowledge can be applied.
Per Ardua Ad Alta is the motto for Clan Hall Society. Its meaning is “Through Difficulties to Heaven”. This was chosen because of the challenges Border Halls faced throughout their history. They never had a Clan Chief or “Head Man”, nor were they a sept of any other Border Clan. The Halls always maintained their own identity as they participated in and contributed to Border, Scottish, and English history.
The Crest and Coat of Arms is not registered nor has it been recognized with the Lord Lyon of Scotland. In interactions with the Lord Lyon’s office it was determined that because Border Halls never had a Clan Chieftain there would be no way to determine any sort of heraldry so as to ascribe a Coat of Arms. Except under extremely unique circumstances does the Lord Lyon issue a Coat of Arms to an organization. Therefore, Clan Hall Society would be relegated to using public domain versions of Hall Crests and Coat of Arms. Thus at an Annual General Business meeting it was determined that a Crest and Coat of Arms, specific to Clan Hall Society, be created. David Hall and John Hall undertook the task and by collaborating on the artwork they created the official Clan Hall Society Crest and CoA. To protect these official representations of our society application was made to and granted from the United States Copyright Office. As of August 8, 2017, Clan Hall Society has full copyright ownership.
The art work and design for the Crest and Coat of Arms and Talbot Hound, was created for the exclusive use of Clan Hall Society and are registered with the United States Copyright Office. Duplication is not permitted unless granted by Clan Hall Society.
President: John (Skip) Hall
Executive Vice President: Steve R. Hall
Vice President - East: Lee Hall
Vice President - West: Ken Hall
Treasurer: Kelly Hall
Secretary: Debbie Hall
Membership Secretary: John (Skip) Hall