Clan Maclean Heritage Trust
One of the Trust's most ambitious projects was the cairn at Pitreavie, Fife, erected in 2001 to commemorate the death of Sir Hector Maclean of Duart, the Chief, along with 760 clansmen in 1651 at the Battle of Inverkeithing. The cairn is built from granite brought 150 miles from the Maclean lands. Associated with this project was the preparation of display boards and liaison with the local primary school.
Also in 2006, a commemorative plaque was hung in Old Government House at Frederictown, New Brunswick, Canada, to remember the 236th Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, known as the Maclean Kilties, originally raised as a New Brunswick-based battalion in 1916 during the First World War. The Kilties refurbished this building and used it as a barracks, before returning it for use as a hospital. For a history of the Kilties, see The MacLean Kilties by Ian MacLean on the Clan Maclean Atlantic (Canada) website.
In 2003 a picture of Lieut. Hector Lachlan Stewart MacLean VC was presented to Fettes College, Edinburgh. He was a pupil at the School and was awarded the VC when serving on the Indian North West Frontier in 1897.
In 2009 the Trust erected a memorial plaque at the University of Sydney, Australia, commemorating Dr Archibald Lang McLean (see 2009 Events).
In 2013 two plaques were unveiled in North America (see 2013 Events). One commemorates the building of Fort Dewart in Pennsylvania by Sir Allan Maclean of Brolas, then Chief of the Clan Maclean. It is the second oldest military field fortification on the continent and the only redoubt of its configuration that has never been altered. The name pays homage to the large number of Macleans recruited by Sir Allan into the 77th Regiment of Foot (Montgomery's Highlanders). The other, in Belfast, Prince Edward Island, commemorates the life of J. Angus MacLean, former Premier of Prince Edward Island.
Manuscripts and archives
Isle of Mull Museum. The older documents, including the 1493 charter and 1542 notarial instrument, are on permanent loan to the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.
The Trust continues to purchase books for the Maclean Library.
Part of the Trust’s policy of taking the Clan’s heritage into the future has been the founding of a Piping Bursary for a young Maclean at the College of Piping in Glasgow. The bursary is awarded every five years and helps to pay for tuition and accommodation.
The first award was made by the Chief on the steps of Duart Castle during the International Gathering in 2002, to Alexander Maclean from Tiree. The second bursary was awarded in 2007 to Nicholas McLean from Kilmartin by Lochgilphead, Argyll. The third bursary was awarded in 2012 to Jamie MacLean from Hillend in Midlothian.
The Trust also arranged sponsorship of a special Clan Maclean area in the main Piping Hall at the College of Piping in Glasgow (thanks to an individual's gift of £1,500).
Most recently, the Trust completed the compilation of the first new book of Maclean pipe music for more than 100 years. For more information about this book, see here. It was launched at the International Gathering on Mull in June 2012. The Trust also sponsored a piping competition, held at the National Piping Centre in August, when four leading pipers each played one of the Maclean tunes. For further information on both these events, see 2012 Events.