I am a simple man with a complicated past.  I have done many terrible and wrong things in my life, but by the Creator's grace, I now seek to do what is right.  In the learning of life's lessons, I have had opportunity to see and experience both many beautiful and many ugly things, and share them through ministry, music, poetry, blogs, photography, radio, and occasionally through work (I work as a driver).  

But most of all, they became opportunities to grow closer to the true Creator of all that exists and His Son, my Savior, Yeshuah (Jesus). What some meant for evil, YHWH (God) meant for good.  And I can tell you that the freedom in knowing Him is so much more than anyone could ever imagine!
There is not a lot else to tell you about me.  I am 42 years old, engaged to be married to the most wonderful woman on Earth, and currently reside  in the United States. I serve the Creator and His only Son, Yeshuah (Jesus) to the best of my ability.  He makes up the difference where my ability is limited.

I hope these pages will be an encouragement, admonishment, and comfort to those who need it, and a means to grow close to both our Creator and those loved ones in each life.
As for what I like to do?  Well, let us say I keep very busy.  Besides working full time as a driver, I like to fellowship with fellow Believers, hike, sing, write, blog, shoot nature photos, and make people smile if I can.  I am also working on a novel right now, but that may take some time.

I am also one of the family geneologists, and come from one of the largest Scottish clans in the world.  Enough about me.  If you are interested in the history of the Youngs, read on.
Clan Young
The earliest application of the name simply meant "Jr." or "the younger".  Long before the letter "Y" was added to the language, the first known repeated use of Young as a surname was in the Scottish lowlands in the year A.D. 744, spelled "Jung" at the time when written.  The name evolved over time (Yung, Yong, Younge, then Young) as the family continued on and as the language, alphabet and grammar changed.  

The early Youngs (Jungs and Yungs) were known as border ruffians, or "reivers". They were wild lance-slung men in iron caps and leather coats, riding north and south on their ponies, looking for other men's cattle (Preferably English). The Scottish Kings rarely had much control over this unruly lot, but they often relied upon them when trouble broke out on the borders. The "Borderers" thus, lived a separate existence from that of those in the rest of the kingdom. With constant war or raiding, it is no wonder that there was little love lost between the Border English and Scots. In the near by town of Jedburgh, for instant, a game developed called 'Jedhart Hand-ba' which was said to have been played with the heads of slain Englishmen. 

The first known Young with the written spelling as it is today were Malmor and Ade Young, from which documents appear at Dumbarton in 1271 with the current spelling.  Following this,  the next record was in the year 1335 when Roger Yung, a Scottish gentleman, was released by the English from the Tower of Berwick.  The spelling had not become universal yet. 

John Young of Dingwall witnessed a charter by the Earl of Ross to Reginald, son of the Lord of the Isles in 1342, and Symone Yong (sic) was a burgess of Elgin in Morayaround the same time. Alexander Young was chaplain to the House of the Holy Trinity at Aberdeen in 1439.

The Youngs of Otterburn were the "chief riders" of their name and the leaders of numerous raids on English strongholds such as Wark and Harbottle Castles. It was an Otterburn Young who led his small band of men to boldly harry an advancing English army in the early 1500s, capturing their commander’s chaplain and almost the capturing the English commander himself. 

The Youngs may not have been a large clan yet, but estimates show they could muster between 200-400 armed men. They were part of the notorious reiving fraternity and the records contain an extensive list of raids led by various 'Yonges', including Blackhall Jock, Hobb of the Bog, Hob the Gun, Tom the Gun and many others. They defended their homes against the English raiders and armies, as well. Sir James and Dand Young, for instance, where both recorded as killed in defense of their towers "for they would not yield" to the English.

Peter Young was born in Dundee on 15 August 1544, the son of a merchant. He and his brother were given a very thorough education and in 1569 Peter Young, on the recommendation of the Regent Moray, became preceptor to the three-year-old James VI. He was later to become Almoner to the King, an office that he held until his death. He was employed in a number of embassies and came to enjoy considerable royal favour. He was knighted at Whitehall on 19 February 1605. Sir Peter had a large family, many of whom also rose to enjoy royal patronage.  This was where Young received its first coat of arms (Each awarded patron must have a unique coat of arms, and no patron not awarded it may weild it).

One of his sons, another Peter, was part of the embassy to King Gustav Adolphus of Sweden in 1628. Sir Peter Young was to outlive his pupil, James VI, by three years, dying at Easter Seton in January 1628. His eldest son, Sir James, who had extensive grants of land in Ireland, succeeded him. The name has become common in the counties of Antrim, Tyrone, down and Londonderry. The descendants of Sir Peter married into numerous prominent families. Margaret Young married Sir John Forbes of Craigievar in 1659.

Moneypenny's Chronicle published in 1597 and 1603 clearly lists the Youngs as one of the Border Clans of Scotland. The Youngs were engaged in blood feuds with the English Border Wardens, such as Sir Robert Carey, as well as the English Selby, Heron, Ogle, and Collingwood families. In 1596, Carey wrote of his greatest challenge, "This country has become almost slaves to the Scots, and dare do nothing displeasing to them. If the country rise upon them when they are stealing in England, and either kill one by chance, or take him ‘with the bloody hand,’ delivering him to the officer for execution, ‘if they be but foote lownes and men of no esteame amongst them,’ it may pass unrevenged: but if he is of a surname, ‘as Davyson, a Younge, a Burne, a Pringle or Hall or any thei make accompt of,’ then he who killed or took him is sure himself, and all his friends (specially those of his name) is like, ‘dearly to by yt,’ for they will have his life or of 2 or 3 of his nearest kinsmen, in revenge of their friends so killed or taken stealing here. ..."

Robert Young (to whom the most recent / current coat of arms was awarded) married Anna, daughter of Sir William Grahame of Claverhouse. The family sold their original estate at Easter Seton and purchased the lands of Auldbar in 1670. In 1743 the estates were sold to William Chalmers of Hazlehead who was related to the Youngs by marriage (You can see the Robert Young Coat of Arms to the right).

Andrew Young (1807-89) was an Edinburgh and St Andrews schoolmaster who wrote There is a Happy Land. 

James Young (1811-1883) was a chemist who developed a method of extracting paraffin from shale and coal - earning himself the nickname "Paraffin Young" in the process. In 1870, he founded the Chair of Technical Chemistry at Anderson's College in Glasgow.

Douglas Young (1913-73) was born at Tayport in Fife and became a lecturer in Classics at Aberdeen University, St Andrews University, and MacMaster University, Ontario. He wrote A Braird o' Thristels (1947), The Puddocks (1958), and The Burdies (1959). 

Brigadier Peter Young (1915-1988) commanded the 9th Arab Legion in Jordan and was reader in Military History at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. In 1968, he also founded the Sealed Knot Society. 

Lieutenant General Sir David Young, born in 1926, was General Officer Commanding Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle from 1980 to 1982.

I could, of course, go into the hundreds of well known Youngs in sports, film and music.  It is a long a prestigious line of strong people.

The Youngs claim two tartans: the ancient, or Christina Young which predates the banning of the wearing of tartans, and the modern version which is similar to that of Clan Douglas (I personally prefer the Christina Young tartan, which you see to the right).

Young Motto Translations:

Common Traditional:
Prudence Excels Strength
The Strength of Wisdom is Preferable