On Saturday, 26th July 2014, there will be a one-day Family Clan Gathering of Macleans at Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, as part of the Homecoming 2014 celebrations. This follows the Tobermory Games (known as the Maclean Games!) on the Thursday, 24th July. At Duart there will be a pipe band and other entertainment. Seanachaidh (traditional clan storyteller) Scot AnSgeulaiche will regale visitors with Tales of the Clan, bloody, poignant and strange. The Clan Maclean Heritage Trust will have a stand. The day will include the launch of the Duart Castle Restoration Appeal, with explanatory talks by the Chief and by the architect Martin Hadlington. The Castle will be open free of charge to Macleans and experts will be on hand to provide guided tours for small groups. Lunch will be available in the tea-room or you can bring your own picnic. Although this is not designed as an international Gathering, all Macleans from any part of the world will be most welcome. The day's programme can be viewed here.
If you are likely to attend, please send an email to email@example.com in advance to state how many will be in your party and whether you will bring your own picnic or will require lunch in the tea-room, so that we can cater accordingly. Please also advise if you are likely to make use of the Duart bus from Craignure.
For details of all the events taking place at Duart this summer, see the Duart Castle website. Other events in Scotland and elsewhere being attended officially by the Clan Maclean this summer are listed on the webpage of the Clan Maclean Association of England and Wales here (see under Forthcoming events).
Death or Victory
Death or Victory, a light-hearted re-telling of twenty-one of the Clanís stories, was commissioned by the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust in memory of Sir Lachlanís first wife Mary, who died in 2007. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to support further projects that reflect her keen interest in children.
Details of how to order the book can be found here.
Maclean Facebook Groups
On Friday the 22nd of June at the Clan Congress in Tobermory, Andrew McVie raised the idea of creating a section for younger members of the Clan. This was considered to be a good idea and as a result Andrew has created a group on Facebook (The MacLean International Youth Group) with the aim of getting the idea off the ground. Andrew would like any MacLeans that are interested in the formation of the youth section to join the group.
This is one of twenty Maclean Facebook groups which can now be found under the Facebook heading in the menu to the left. Associations should let us know if they create another such group, so that we can add it to the list.
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