I knew my ancestors were from Killin on Loch Tay in Scotland. I met Strat Leggat when I was nineteen and was immediately attracted to him. We came from different childhood backgrounds but realized we had the same values and a strong bond and sense of commitment. Recently, we embarked on a mission to discover our roots and explore Scotland. Strat is a shortened version of Strathearn, a Scottish family name. Strath is a Scottish term for “valley” and his name refers to “The Valley of the Earn”.
In June of 2017, we travelled to Scotland and our destination was Loch Tay, home of my ancestors. We made a striking discovery. Loch Earn was 7.8 miles from Killin. Our families were neighbours in the eighteenth century. We were not surprised by this discovery and felt a strong and comfortable attraction to the landscape. It felt like home.