August 10, 2022

“They could take away our lives, however they’ll by no means take our freedom … or the Davidson household cottage!”

That’s the battle cry of a gaggle of Scots combating to guard the ancestors cottage of the Davidson see of the long-lasting American motorbike producer, Harley-Davidson.

The Davidson Legacy Preservation group is a non-profit making group working to protect, retain and improve the accessibility of the Davidson Cottage in Netherton, Angus, Scotland UK. 

Group chair Nyree Aitken says they hope to advertise the household residence and its historic significance to the biker neighborhood.

Davidson Legacy Preservation group (from left): Seth Wing (vice chair), Nyree Aitken (chair), Jasper Watson, behind her Kevin Webster, Andy Harper (secretary), Mike Sinclair (founder), David Fraser, Maggie Sherrit (founder) and entrance is Ian Wallace (treasurer)

“The cottage was put up on the market as the present homeowners want to retire however the one provides they’ve had have been from builders to knock it down and construct new homes,” Nyree says. 

“We as a neighborhood of bikers, don’t need such a major a part of historical past to be misplaced.”

The group is hoping to safe charity standing earlier than launching a crowdfunding marketing campaign to boost £500,000 to purchase the Davidson cottage and make use of a undertaking employee to run and preserve the Davidson Legacy for future generations.

Harley-Davidson govt Invoice Davidson and boss Jochen Zeitz visited the cottage final summer season when filming the Sporter S promotional video. 

Invoice feedback within the video under of the “awe-inspiring and emotional expertise” of visiting his ancestral residence. 

“The truth that they’ve preserved it for riders world wide to return and luxuriate in and spend time right here, fairly superior,” All says.

“Heritage is so highly effective and is basically distinctive to our firm which I’m so happy with.”

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Nyree says Invoice’s feedback assist to maintain them motivated andpgoves their marketing campaign is “really worthwhile”.

In 2008, Harley-Davidson fanatics Mike Sinclair, Maggie Sherrit and Keith Waterproof coat discovered the cottage, by then a crumbling destroy. 

The property was earmarked for demolition to make means for a brand new housing improvement. Fortunately, these three determined to not let that occur. 

They purchased the cottage and arrange the Davidson Legacy to avoid wasting the location as a tribute to the pioneering Davidsons. 

For 4 years the Davidson Legacy workforce has labored tirelessly to revive the little home to how it might have appeared when Sandy and Margaret left it in 1858 to make the gruelling journey to America.

“The restoration of The Davidson Cottage was an enormous enterprise and an arduous process even with all the assistance from native bikers however, in the long run, it was all price it,” Nyree says. 

“Perhaps it displays the lengthy, tough journey that Sandy and Margaret made with their youngsters, together with little William C, who went on to develop into father to the founders of the world’s best-known bikes.”

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Sandy and Margaret Davidson settled in Milwaukee the place Sandy discovered work for himself as a carpenter in an area railroad firm.

Their surviving three sons and two daughters additionally adjusted properly to their new lives, and every prospered in their very own means. 

His center son, William C. Davidson (1846-1923) was born in Scotland and grew up in Angus, however he turned a person in America. 

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“He’s pivotal to the story of the Davidson Legacy as a result of he had the attributes of technical talent, an analytical thoughts and an inherent ability for drawback fixing,“ Nyree says.

“These qualities are sometimes thought of usually Scottish as a nation of inventors and innovators. 

“Extra importantly, they’re key to understanding the spirit of enterprise in America on the dawning of the 20 th century.”

William C. Davidson, a Scot and a naturalised American, set about constructing the very first Harley-Davidson workshop for his sons and now’s famously identified merely as The Shed. 

“He didn’t realize it then, however he had laid the foundations for an iconic, internationally recognised, motorcycle-engineering phenomenon,” Nyree says.

You will discover out extra on the Davidson Legacy web site, together with a video of ‘Our Story’ which even consists of Jean Davidsons go to and plenty of extra by clicking right here.