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    An International Gathering of Clans 2014

    July 11 - 13, 2014 Stirling, Scotland

    AFTER A LONG ANTICIPATION, IT IS OFFICIAL: Stirling Council has followed on to EventScotland's recent announcement of funding for Scotland's 2014 Year of Homecoming with a huge announcement of their own: Stirling will host an international gathering of clans, proposed for 11 - 13 July 2014 to coincide with the Sekonda Stirling Highland Games.

    The 2014 clan gathering is envisioned to take place across a number of venues in Stirling, and is planned to feature:

    Clans Village
    Cavalcade procession between the Clan Village and the Castle
    Entertainment on the Esplanade
    A program of musical and other cultural events in other key venues

    From the looks of it, things are going to be absolutely hopping in Scotland in 2014, especially in Stirling. In addition to all of the regular cultural and entertainment events in the area, and in addition to Clans 2014 International Clan Gathering, Stirling Council plans to add the following events in 2014:

    A packed Bannockburn 700 Weekend, featuring re-enactments, the official opening of the National Trust for Scotland's new Visiter Centre
    A potential youth arts festival and schools event
    A "Stirling Tastes Good" food and drink festival in September
    A potential angling festival

    Of course, the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs has already committed host to a 2nd International Clan Convention to conduct the global business of the Clans, in 2014, most likely also in Stirling and well coordinated with Clans 2014, Bannockburn 700 etc. COSCA and Standing Council will partner in America to ensure that American Scots are well integrated into all of the 2014 events, especially the Clan Convention.

    This is going to be fun. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available. Buy more luggage.

    Go here to take a peek at Stirling Council's excellent 2014 website: http://www.stirling2014.co.uk/

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    Re: An International Gathering of Clans 2014

    Gosh and I have 2 sisters who live in Stirling, one in Bannockburn actually.

    Elda

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    Re: An International Gathering of Clans 2014

    Clan Douglas, which has no official association or society in Scotland, is considering holding its first ever Scottish Clan Gathering at about the same time.

    This may be the catalyst to set up a Scotland based association - if appropriate support and office bearers come forward.

    Discussion on the proposed Clan Douglas Gathering in 2014 can he found here: http://douglashistory.ning.com/group/clan-douglas-gathering-2014

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    Re: An International Gathering of Clans 2014

    Alastair made a suggestion to me which I have given great thought to.

    I have made a vendors list for Balgonie Castle Weddings. I will happily assist folks with finding lodging who will come to the Home Coming 2014 functions.

    I live in Fife which is not very far from Stirling. Just let me know what kind of information you require and I will try to find it out for you.
    kellyd

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    Re: An International Gathering of Clans 2014

    The July event is cancelled.
    Clans that made plans to gather in July are now reappraising their options.

    The following from COSCA:
    1. Previous plans for a Gathering at Stirling on July 11 -13, 2014 have been scrapped. The highland games scheduled for that weekend will, we understand, continue, but there is no longer any “Gathering” event being planned at Stirling.
    2. The revised plan is to center a general clan gathering directly around the Bannockburn 700th Anniversary activities (June 28 – 30, 2014). An extra day of reenactment has been added to accommodate the clans. Additionally, a Clan Village is now in the works. Bannockburn events are being very capably organised and designed by The National Trust for Scotland and promise to be spectacular (See for yourself at the NTS Battle of Bannockburn website HERE). Bannockburn is a natural pairing for the second Gathering as is explained in the SCSC press release.
    3. The Bannockburn gathering activities will be complemented with several regional Clan based events that gather clans and celebrate history and heritage all across Scotland. There are already some very exciting ideas well into development.
    4. Finally, the clans will convene a 2nd International Clan Convention to coincide closely with the Bannockburn gathering activities and to conduct the continuing business of the international Scottish clan community.
    This is a developing story and we will continue to bring you updates as we can, but here are just a few thoughts and a bit of background and perspective for now:
    Background
    In putting together the upcoming Stone Mountain Chiefs and Clans conference set for Oct. 19th at the Stone Mountain Highland Games, it occurred to us (COSCA and SCSC) that there was still precious little further to report about plans for the 2014 Gathering. It actually was occurring to many people. Oh Oh.
    So, several months ago, we began to make our voice of concern heard as well as our offer to help. The upshot is this: SCSC, through the keen leadership of Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, is now deeply and rightly integrated in the correct channels and places in Scotland to begin to kick start and directly influence planning efforts.
    What’s Different Now
    “More details will be coming“. Of course we have all heard that before. But here is what is different and very encouraging now:
    1. We have Dates and a Place to Gather. We have pretty solid dates and a place/event around which to now organise, and as you point out, it’s a good one (Bannockburn). The event is well funded, well directed by National Trust for Scotland, and will be by all appearances, spectacular and energizing. It is solid. Truly something to remember and pretty much something to travel to Scotland in 2014 for, all by itself (CLICK HERE). COSCA will continue working to encourage integration of the clans into Bannockburn events in creative and exciting and meaningful ways.
    2. We Have Leadership. We now have a very effective and very reliable pipeline for information and ideas and input straight to the very center of planning for 2014: Sir Malcolm MacGregor currently sits on the right committees and in the right meetings to really communicate and advocate for the clans and greater Diaspora interest. The SCSC is an outstanding partner.
    3. We Have Partners. The Scottish Government has been extremely responsive to our concerns and we are confident that we have found an able and effective partner with which to work on 2014 heritage events. We will continue to work with the Scottish government through Robin Naysmith here in North America and the Homecoming 2014 team in Scotland in fine fashion.
    4. We Have Ideas. The idea of regional events swirling around the Bannockburn dates and a 2nd International Clan Convention is, to me at least, a truly exciting one. While Bannockburn will give us the opportunity to gather together, the idea of a feast of regional gatherings in various clan homelands around Scotia is tremendously appealing. I believe the possibilities are truly limited only by our own creativity and the idea has real legs within the planning team.
    5. We Have Goals. This experience has re-emphasised something that our great friend Robert McWilliam openly suggested to the first Clan Convention in 2009 and that many of us have often contemplated: The Clans need a hame in Scotland – a place that will provide a home and reliable opportunity to gather and conduct our business that lies under our own control.
    6. We Are Working. This experience has also drawn together a growing alliance of Scottish Diaspora leaders and organisations that will prove critical in future months and years as we tackle all of the opportunities and challenges of which we so often speak.
    I hope the takeaway from all of is indeed an exciting and optimistic one. I clearly understand that the early announcement of dates from Scotland has created difficulties for some folks who have made plans. Here is the lesson: the clans need much closer – indeed direct – involvement in the 2014 planning process itself. I am quite confident that we now have that and we will continue work to enhance it.
    Yours aye,
    Susan L. McIntosh, President
    Council of Scottish Clans & Associations

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    Re: An International Gathering of Clans 2014

    Got this in from COSCA...

    The Caution Flag Is Out Again:

    New Confusion Surrounding 2014

    For those of you following the continuing Gathering 2014 saga:

    After specific reassurances last Friday that Scottish clan events, including a clan village and parade, would be integrated into the spectacular Bannockburn 2014 re-enactment activities, the Scottish newspaper The Scotsman reported this morning that there would in fact be no clan village and no parade associated with Bannockburn reenactments. Many of you have seen the article. We haven't yet been able to confirm or discredit the report, but it is notable that, according to The Scotsman article, both VisitScotland and EventScotland have declined to comment on the story.

    At this point, it is certainly fair to say that it would probably be prudent to put plans for traveling to Scotland in 2014 on hold until we gain better clarity about what is and is not going to happen in 2014. Of course we know that Scotland's 2nd Year of Homecoming will offer many fine opportunities for visitors from the Ryder Cup to the Commonwealth Games. Additionally, we do still expect several smaller regional clan and Diaspora based events to materialize - eventually. At present, however, the fate of any sort of unified clan gathering occurring in 2014 is, at best, unclear.

    Several Scottish organizations with interest in a second Gathering, including the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, COSCA, The American Scottish Foundation and the Society of Scottish Armigers have been in discussions regarding how best to proceed. While no decisions have been made, one point certainly emerges: The second Gathering as well as the 2nd International Clan Convention are events of tremendous import to the Scottish Diaspora. The Diaspora, in partnership with clan organizations in Scotland, must take on the primary role of designing and planning the second Gathering and Clan Convention. We must and can accomplish this through our leading Diaspora organizations.

    Clearly, though, given the ever shortening timeline remaining before 2014 and the difficulty in making progress, it may well be that a second Gathering will not occur until 2015. It is more important to do it right than to do it in 2014.

    Please stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.

    Yours aye,

    Susan L. McIntosh, President
    Council of Scottish Clans & Associations

    The Scotsman article is at http://www.scotsman.com/news/arts/or...lans-1-2590723

    Alastair

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    I can't help wondering why these events cost so much money.

    Perhaps the clan folk within the Scots Diaspora could find an area in the Highlands of Scotland where there would be plenty of room to host this event and enough room to park cars. Then you'd only need to arrange toilet facilities and a decent camp ground. Plenty of land in the Highlands after all.

    Also there always has been talk in the Scots Diaspora about having their own building to host clan gatherings by individual clans and also be a family research center. Many folk enjoy travelling the off beat roads in Scotland so I'm sure this could be accomplished for quite a low cost and then we just need to organise a fund raising event across the Diaspora.

    I mean this doesn't need to be in the central belt of Scotland where everything is expensive. This might also be great for the young folk as we could build our own building and perhaps other basic accommodation and the Kids and Adults could build it? We might even take over an old village that was cleared and bring it back to life?

    Alastair

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    Re: An International Gathering of Clans 2014

    Got in an email from COSCA...

    Homecoming 2014: Let's Stick To The Facts

    A recent report by STV, a Scottish TV news channel, suggesting that Americans are canceling trips to Scotland in 2014 is not true.

    At present, Scotland is in a fairly early stage of planning some spectacular and extremely exciting heritage events to take place during the summer of 2014. Americans are generally prudent people and prefer to know the facts of a situation prior to acting. We are not confused; we are patient and we are excited to come home to Scotland.

    We know that Bannockburn 700 will offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to actually be part of a remarkable and thrilling event of historic proportions - there is no question whatsoever about that. Check out the website at www.battleofbannockburn.com. We have every confidence that whatever the final configuration of the Bannockburn activities, The National Trust for Scotland will offer a first rate and extremely worthwhile event that many Scottish Americans will want to be part of.

    Further, the National Trust for Scotland and Homecoming 2014 have absolutely committed to working with COSCA and others to integrate a strong clan and Diaspora perspective and activities into their program and we very much appreciate and look forward to that opportunity.

    Wouldn't it be grand if we all could spare the time and money to spend all year long in Scotland in 2014. Unfortunately, most folks have to make decisions about exactly what days they will be in Scotland and where they will spend those limited number of days. It just makes sense at this point to allow the planning and facts to come together just a bit more so that we all can make the most informed decision about how and when we will all come home to Scotland.

    In closing, lets settle down a bit. Good people are working hard to make sure that Scotland offers a great lineup of heritage events in 2014. The Diaspora is engaged and excellent ideas are coming into the mix. Homecoming 2014 will be a success and Americans will be a happy and important part of it all. The Diaspora will be stronger and more vigorous going forward and that is good news for us all.

    Yours aye,

    Susan L. McIntosh, President
    Council of Scottish Clans & Associations

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    Re: An International Gathering of Clans 2014

    I've been to the Bannockburn site and it's true that it's not all that big.....and quite hilly in parts if I remember correctly.

    Elda

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    Re: An International Gathering of Clans 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Alastair View Post
    I can't help wondering why these events cost so much money.

    Perhaps the clan folk within the Scots Diaspora could find an area in the Highlands of Scotland where there would be plenty of room to host this event and enough room to park cars. Then you'd only need to arrange toilet facilities and a decent camp ground. Plenty of land in the Highlands after all.

    Also there always has been talk in the Scots Diaspora about having their own building to host clan gatherings by individual clans and also be a family research center. Many folk enjoy travelling the off beat roads in Scotland so I'm sure this could be accomplished for quite a low cost and then we just need to organise a fund raising event across the Diaspora.

    I mean this doesn't need to be in the central belt of Scotland where everything is expensive. This might also be great for the young folk as we could build our own building and perhaps other basic accommodation and the Kids and Adults could build it? We might even take over an old village that was cleared and bring it back to life?

    Alastair
    Ideal time and place would be in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands and home to the Highland Clans. The Inverness Highland Games takes place on the 19th July which is ideal as it is the week before the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow which starts on the 23rd July, so those from Canada, Australia and New Zealand can do a two in one!. We have the accommodation, the Venue -Eden Court. We have the Inverness and Strathpeffer Highland Games. We have the Highland Archive Centre and Family History Centre. We have the Culloden Visitor Centre with masses of parking and we have Urquart Castle and Eileen Donan, two of the most photographed Castles in Scotland. We have Castle Stuart where you can stay for the full effect. We have Castle Leod, Achnaharry, Dunrobin and the Castle of Mey to name but a few. We have the Clans. We could even do a replay of the Clans Challenge where we rowed up Loch Ness in Canadian Canoes as the yoyageurs in Canada would have done of old! We even have a building in Beauly which is recently vacant which would make a great Clan Centre. Latterly "Made in Scotland/House of Beauly". After all this is the heart of the Highlands and the home of many major Clans: Fraser of Lovat, Chisholm, Mackenzie, Munro, Urquart, Grant, Cameron, Macphearson, Macrae, Sutherland and many many more. What is more we would really like to see you which is better than many a welcome in the Central Belt!
    Last edited by John Graham; 28th October 2012 at 10:22.

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