History and Contributions of Lady Stirling Chapter

Lady Stirling Chapter was organized on November 16, 1901, and chartered on December 22, 1901. Mrs. Mary Ely Phelps was the organizing regent and authored the chapter motto, "Love of My Country Leads Me On."

The naming of Lady Stirling Chapter, as explained by past regent, Fannie H. Chandler.

"The quaint title of Lady Stirling for the third largest Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in this State has interested many of those not familiar with the early Revolutionary history of the Colonies. As Her Ladyship was of much service to this country it was deemed fitting to name this Chapter in her honor. The fact that her husband, Lord Stirling, was among the first to espouse the American cause, first as aide to General Washington, then Major and Major General, seemed to make peculiarly fitting the honor of naming the new Chapter in the state of Washington after Lady Stirling, Countess of Stirling Castle, Scotland. Not alone is she illustrious as the wife of a great general and ardent patriot. A woman delicately nurtured, she left for a time a luxurious home to cast in her lot with her husband during the terrible winters of 1777 and 1778, living with Lord Stirling in a cheerless hut beside the no-less comfortless quarters of General and Mrs. Washington. She was never idle. With Mrs. Washington and other women in the camp she worked for the suffering soldiers knitting socks and from her own loom furnishing cloth for their uniforms. The only dyes were black and blue and this was the origin of the regiment known as "The Jersey Blues" from the color of their coats and socks."

Washington State Flag

The official website for the State of Washington has, in its virtual tour, a picture of the original flag with an explanation of Lady Stirling Chapter's involvement with the original design and adoption as our state's emblem. The Washington State flag is one example of Lady Stirling Chapter's many contributions to our state and nation. Visit the Washington State Capitol virtual tour, State Reception Room slide.

Seattle City Park Memorial Boulder

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Seattle City Park Memorial Boulder and Marker

The Seattle City Park Memorial Boulder was a gift from Lady Stirling Chapter to the City of Seattle in memory of the Battle of Seattle fought January 26, 1856. On the top of the stone is engraved the Washington State DAR motto, "Patriotism, Reverence, Remembrance." The memorial boulder is currently in City Hall Park between 3rd and 4th Avenue by Yesler Way. Read about the memorial plaque and the park on the Seattle Parks and Recreation website.


Washington State DAR Motto: "Patriotism, Reverence, Remembrance"

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