Members of the St. Andrew Society of Colorado and/or the Games Committee for the Colorado Scottish Festival have a passion for their shared Celtic heritage. This page helps them can share that passion directly with others, and puts a human face on the contributions of the Celts to our state and nation. Thanks to all those who are sharing their family’s story!

Ian Hughes’ Family Heritage

I am a first generation Scottish-American. My mother came to the United States in 1977 at the age of 13. She was living with her father in her hometown of Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland, when he had passed in that same year. My grandmother had moved to the states just a few years prior, and when my grandfather passed away, she had returned to Scotland to bring the rest of her children back with her. Since they moved to the United States, my grandmother has been a successful business owner, running her own ceramic shop for over 30 years. My mother was an amazing, hard-working single mother of two who also found time for her passion of singing and has since recorded an album.


I love my Scottish roots and the history and stories that have traveled with my family. I hold my heritage close to my heart and am always excited to help others find who they are and where they are from, because no matter if we’re Scottish, Irish or have any other type of Celtic/ Gaelic origin, we are all family — and family should always be there for each other.



Rev. Ian J. Hughes
Saint Andrew Society Of Colorado