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Robert "Bob" Parrish
Robert “Bob” Parrish became deeply involved in his Scottish heritage when he returned to Washington State after retiring from the US Army as a lieutenant colonel.  During his 23-year career he served in infantry, airborne and Ranger units throughout the United States, Vietnam and Europe. 

For almost 20 years he was a member of the Tartan Day Society of Washington, holding various positions including chairman, treasurer, program chairman and scholarship chairman.  He developed and maintained the Society’s web site.  He designed the Society’s official tartan which was approved by the government of Scotland’s Tartan Registry in 2017.  He has also been a life member of the Scottish-American Military Society (SAMS) since 1999 having held the positions of Northwest Region commander and Post 1889 color sergeant. 

For the past several years he has presented talks to chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on what the Scots did in the American Revolution.  Twenty-one of his 28 Patriotic Ancestors were Scots.  For several years he marched– wearing his kilt–in parades and ceremonies as a member of the Washington State SAR Color Guard.

He holds a BS degree from the University of Nevada and an MBA degree from the University of Alabama.  He is also a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College.  He has written several books on military history which have been published by major publishers.  He is a member of the Clan Macpherson and the Clan MacAlpin Societies.