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                 October - December  2020
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This is the last quarterly report I will be doing as President of the Penland Historical Society website.  I have enjoyed being the administrator of it for more than the past 10 years.  I appreciate your assistance in helping me disseminate information about the Penland family  & its' ancestors during that time.  When I accepted responsibility for the role of President, I discovered that only paid society members were receiving the information.   I decided to make it open to anyone who was searching for family information - the site is not the most beautiful site as I'm not an expert on 'computer things' but I hope it has been helpful.  There are several hundred people visiting it each quarter, which I believe proves its worth.  Chris Penland, who lives in Buford, Georgia is replacing me now.  I encourage you to cooperate with him in ensuring the site stays available for everyone who is seeking information.  Since annual 'dues' are no longer required for access - a voluntary annual contribution of $10 will ensure that Chris can keep the website operating - he will tell you how to do that.  Chris may be contacted at
 < > and at 1-404-444-6890......... Thank you, Charles Penland

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Recently, I was contacted by Mr. Christopher St.Victor-de Pinho, who has held the Title of  "Baron Pentland" since 2018.  He wrote that he had seen one of our writings about the 'Barony of Pentland' and commented on it.  He confirmed that the Title had originated from Pentland owned property that had been given to the St. Clair family.   I responded to his note and asked him if he could clarify how the name 'Pentland' got attached to the Pentland Firth, the Pentland Hills and the village of Pentland - was it based on a particular person?  I am sharing with you his reply to me as I believe it may be of interest to you.

                                                                This is his reply
"As you know, Scotland was not a nation until fairly recently. It was inhabited by warring groups of Picts, Gaels, Norse and Anglo-Saxons until the Norman conquest, after which Franco-Normans and Dutch came in force. As such, there is quite a strong possibility that place names that evolved from different languages eventually became harmonized into a more or less accepted spelling. I have not done extensive research on this, but Pentland seems to be one of these names.  In the north, from where the earliest known Pentlands came, the name was derived from the old Norse word meaning pict.  The Pentland Firth separates Norse Orkney from mainland Scotland and the Pentland or “Pictland” Firth makes a lot of sense as a place name.  In the South however, Pentland also means “land of hills” in Welsh and Cumbrian, which is also an apt description for the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh. There exists “Pentland” geographical descriptions in other places as well, such as in southwest Scotland.

As you know, in the early 13th century, Jarl David of Orkney asked Thorquil Petlandi to take his son William south from Orkney and Caithness. William as you wrote in your article eventually marries Margaret Murray and has three sons which the Pentland clan generally accepts as their progenitors.

The area which later comprised the Parish and the Barony of Pentland was considered crown lands and encompassed a portion of the Pentland Hills. It is unclear in the historical record when and under what circumstances that territory became crown lands, but it is thought (without much evidence) that it was crown land from at least the time of David I.  It is possible that a Pentland was the thane of the area, acting as the King’s agent for managing the property and administering justice. There is nothing known in the record which supports this supposition. The lack of charters, or records thereof, however, strongly supports the idea that the area had not been previously erected into a barony.

What is known is that in 1314, Robert I conveyed the land to William Sinclair son of Henry Sinclair, Baron of Roslin and Pentland Muir (the lands adjacent to Pentland). As you write in your article, the story goes that the territory was transferred as the result of a wager of the land against William’s head.  To elaborate a bit more with respect to the story, which you describe in the article, William St. Clair was from a Norman family which arrived in England with William the conqueror and eventually settled in the Roslin area which is adjacent to Pentland.  He was very loyal to Robert having fought bravely for him alongside his father in the war of Scottish Independence. He was also (according to the Sinclairs of Roslin, of whom my wife is descended) rather intoxicated during a hunting party with Robert after the battle of Bannockburn in 1314 near the Sinclair lands.

They spotted the White Stag of Pentland on top of one of the hills quite a distance away and the King supposedly remarked at how wonderful and honourable it would be if they were able to kill the stag but that it was too far away and too well protected upon the hill. William then, supposedly, in contradiction of Robert, boasted (filled with liquid courage no doubt) that he would have no trouble bringing down the stag. The story goes that Robert was insulted and forced the wager upon William, who quickly sobered up.  William spent some time in obligatory prayer and then released his beloved hounds named “help” and “hold” who were able to successfully drive the white stag off the hill and cornered it against a deep fork in the Glencorse burn. William killed the stag and gained Pentland.  In supposed gratitude for divine intervention, William erected a chapel to St. Katherine on the spot where he killed the stag next to the burn.  The chapel is now submerged underneath a holding pond in Glencorse.  William later died fighting the moors in Southern Spain en route to delivering Robert I’s heart to Jerusalem. The story goes that the moors were so impressed by Scottish courage that they allowed Robert’s heart to be returned to Scotland for burial."
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Anna Ruth Penland                        (1938 - 2020)
Anna Ruth Penland was born August 1938 to Harvey and Lillie Killough in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020 at the age of 82.

Lennie Patricia Penland                (1978 - 2020)        
Lennie Patricia Penland, age 62 of Winder, Georgia passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020. 

Tony Neil Penland                         (1973 - 2020)             Tony Neil Penland, 47, of Roan Mountain, Tennessee answered the call to come home on Monday, October 5, 2020.  He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Douglas "Doug" Penland and his grandparents Andrew and Louise Sumner and Grover and Hazel Penland.
Tony is survived by his wife, Traci and daughters, Haley and Kara of Roan Mountain; his mother, Sandra Sumner Penland of Cedar Grove, NC.;  sisters Stacey Glenn (Scott) of Hurdle Mills and Holli Klootz (Michael) of Cedar Grove, NC.  In addition, his extended family, Josh and Joni Shomaker of Roan Mountain, and Justin and Carol Ann Johnson of N/ewland, NC.  Tony was Uncle to Austin, and Caitlin Glenn, Carley and Courtney Russell, Mason Clouser, Logan, Layken, Landon, Lillyanna, and Lennon Johnson.                        

Wallace "Speed" Melvin Penland  (1939 - 2020)
Wallace "Speed" Melvin Penland, Sr. of Howard, passed away on the morning of October 23, 2020.  'Speed' was born to parents Cash ad Kathleen Eplee Penland in Candler, North Carolina.  He was an avid outdoorsman, whether it was hunting, fishing, burning brush or mowing.  Speed was known for his sweet tooth and drinking coffee all day.  He adored his family, especially his wife, Nancy and their three children.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and would do anything to bring a smile to their faces, even by planting a "money tree."   A Navy veteran, he proudly served from 1948 to 1951 during the Korean conflict.  After his honorable discharge, he was employed as a steeplejack at Rust Engineering Company traveling the country repairing smokestacks.  While working ob a job site in Lewistown, he met the love of his life, Nancy.  Years later, in 1978, they founded Log Cabin Motors with their son, Wally Jr., while he continued to work at Cerro Metal Products.  He absolutely enjoyed working at the family dealership and throughout the years he built not only a client base but more important, an extended family of friends he made through the business.  He was Justice of the Peace for Howard Township in the 1960's.  Speed loved people and sharing their stories as well as his own.  He is survived by his wife of 61 years of marriage Nancy Mae (Tressler), and three children, Wallace M. Penland, Jr., (Shelly), Eileen N. King (Russ), Karen G. Reed (Jon), seven grandchildren, Jason, Heather, Jackie, Tyler, Christian, Brittany and Ashley and nine great grandchildren, Andrew, Elizabeth, Abigail, Charlotte, Knox, Hayes, Quinn, Nicole,  and Sophia.  He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters and is survived by one brother, Howell "Doug" Penland and two sisters, Sue Kates and Grace Miller.
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Mary Agatha Penland - Boose        (1936 - 2020)
Mary Agatha Penland - Boose, 84, of Rosendale, passed away Friday, October 2, 2020, at her home.  She was born April 20, 1936, in St. Joseph, daughter of the late Mary and John William Hovey Sr.  She graduated from Sparta School.  Mary worked at Stetson Hats, Whitaker Cable and Chase Candy Company.  She enjoyed crafts and ceramic and spending time with her family.  She was a member of the Agape Love Lighthouse Assembly Church.  Mary was preceded in death by her parents, daughters Sally Bailey and Bonnie Potts;  first husband, Fred Penland, Sr., brothers, Paul E. Hovey and John Hovey;  sisters, Janet Irene McPherson and Sharon Kay Willey;  and son, Daniel Patrick Boose.  Survivors include:  second husband, Jim Boose of Rosendale;  Fred Penland Jr.; Nancy (Jim) Ball and David (Nicole) Boose;  Brother, Mike Hovey; sisters, Linda Ferguson and Barbara Decker;  33 grandchildren;  74 great grandchildren, and 25 great-great grandchildren.
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Robert C. "Bob" Penland                    (1941 - 2020)
Robert C. Penland, age 79 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, October 19, 2020 at his home.
Bob was born June 13, 1941 in Walker, Michigan the son of Alvin and Florence (Cowles) Penland.  He served in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  He retired as a supervisor from General Motors on Alpine Avenue.   Bob enjoyed restoring old cars, construction and electrical projects.  Bob loved his grandchildren and doing things with them.  Surviving are his wife, Shirley;  children, Kelly (Brian) Hoffman, Kimberly (Dan) Foster, Eric (Heather) Shadley, Shawn (Emily) Shadley;  13 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and sister, Ellen Flores.  He was preceded in death by siblings, Alvin Penland, Ed Penland, and Edna M. Carlton.
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Marjorie Lee Penland Robinson     (1933 - 2020)
Marjorie Lee Penland Robinson, 87, of Leicester, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.  A native of Buncombe County, NC, Marjorie was the daughter of the late Reggie and Lila Shepherd Penland.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Vono Robinson, sisters, Dollie Crabtree, Emma Parham and Paris Rockett, and by her brothers, Bob, Len, Troy, Creed, Hughlon and Grover Penland.
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Freddy Eugene Penland, Jr.            (1974 - 2020)
Freddy Eugene Penland Jr., age 46, of Chester died Friday, November 27, 2020.  He was the son of the late Freddy E. and Nancy Kilpatrick Penland Sr.  He is survived by his son, Hunter Penland;  one sister, Karen Farmer;  one brother, Keith Farmer (Samantha);  special friends and caretakers, Chris and Kayla Shepherd;  two nieces and one nephew.  He was preceded in death by one brother, Carl Farmer and one niece, Tabatha Koon.  He was a welder and had worked for Meritor in New York and Chester Metropolitan Water District until his health failed.  He was a Baptist. 
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Elizabeth Ann Penland               (1959 - 2020)
Elizabeth Ann Penland, age 60, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away December 8th, 2020.
She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and was a graduate of the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington.  She was an avid sports fan especially of tennis, Chicago Cubs and Indiana University sports.  She enjoyed camping and visiting the beaches of Florida.  She loved her animals and her children until the very end.   Elizabeth is survived by her parents Michael Paul and Sandra Jane Bova;  her ex-husband and cherished friend, Randy Penland;  children Matthew (Stephanie) Catani, Cate (Eric) Robertson, Kellen (Callie) Catani;  siblings Tina (Rob) Bova, H/olly (Rance) Poehler, and Andy (Clare) Bova;  grandchildren Lucas, Everett, Naomi, Sophia and one on the way;  several nieces and nephews.
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Ronald Penland                             (1939 - 2020)
Ronald Penland, age 81, of Wytheville, Virginia, passed away on November 30, 2020, in Johnson City Medical Center.  He was born on January 31, 1939, in Richlands, Virginia.  He was a Richlands High School graduate and a U. S. Air Force Veteran.  He was a retired insurance agent.  Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Jud Penland and Nellie Jane Cline Osborne;  two sisters, Judy Bucklen and Dorothy McKenna;  and step father, Noah Osborne.  Survivors include his son, David Penland;  good friends, Bernard Cline and Peggy Sullivan;  granddaughter, Kristan Penland;  and several nieces and nephews.  
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Brenda Joe Penland                     (1958 - 2020)
On Sunday, October 18th 2020, Brenda Joe Penland;  loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and all around truly beautiful soul passed away at the age of 61, at her home in Guntersville surrounded by her family.  She was born on December 11, 1958 in Alabama.  She was a mother first and foremost, but her favorite role was 'Maw'.  She treasured her grandchildren Lacey, Alex, Trevor and Etrus. She was preceded in death by her mother, Gladys Pierce; her father, Billy Joe Wray;  and a daughter Holly Penland.  She is survived by her husband, Gerry Penland, daughters Amanda Goble (Steve), Angel Penland (Etrus Williuams Jr.), and Tiara Penland (Rick Garrett), brothers in laws Mike and Jeff Penland, and many other extended family members.   
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Kathleen 'Kat' Penland                 (1937 - 2020)
Kathleen 'Kat' Penland, age 83, of Crossville, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Marshall Medical Center South.  She is survived by her children;  Rodney Penland (Shelia),  Tim Penland (Deb) and Veronica Bowen (Stan), four granddaughters and twelve great grandchildren.   Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Penland, grandson Toby Duckett and parents, Milford and Sophie Freeman.