I have just been reading the various contributions to the Cormack Message Board and I thought I would offer my version of the Cormack story. Like all Cormacks our family came from Wick in Caithness. The name Cormack was probably brought to Scotland when St Columbus brought Christianity to Scotland. Cormack was an Irish Christian name. The first King of Ireland was Cormac Macarthy. Our ancestor was most likely baptised by a monk, called Cormac, in the saint's entourage. The home of the name Cormack is Caithness. For many years Caithness was part of Scandanavia. The county below Caithness is Sutherland, so named because it was the the southern edge of the Scandanavian empire or the Viking area of influence. The Cormacks are not highlanders. We are really "blown away Norwegians". There is an epic poem written about a famous and romantic Cormac seafarer who was a very powerful man in the north of Scotland/Scandanavia. Even though we became "septs" of various clans, including the Buchanan clan, we are not highlanders. I think the Buchanans come from SW Scotland, immediately adjacent to Ireland. This has always made me wonder why we are part of the Buchanans and indeed whether we really do belong to that clan.Perhaps we were "adopted" in some strategic power play between various clans. I was always told that "cor" was gaelic for "chariot", hence "son of charioteer".There is something about this that troubles me because it flies in the face of the Irish origins of the name. I emphasise that all of this is our family history and may not be completely accurate but most of itmakes sense which is the way most history is interpreted. Happy New Year to all Cormacks and be content in the knowledge that we are all descended from a community of hardy fishermen who probably left Scotland because life in Caithness was so bloody hard, as it was in most other parts of Europe in the 18th & 19th Centuries.