Clan Gathering 2014 Update
Further to a recent press release from the SCSC (Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs), we are delighted to announce details of the Gathering are at last taking shape!
There have been some significant changes to the original plans, so here are details of the new arrangements:
“Previous plans for a Gathering at Stirling on July 11 -13, 2014 have been scrapped. The Stirling Highland Games scheduled for that weekend will, we understand, continue, but there is no longer any “Gathering” event being planned at Stirling.
The revised plan is to centre a general clan gathering directly around the Bannockburn 700th Anniversary activities (June 28 – 30, 2014). An extra day of re-enactment 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.
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.
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 the official press release:
CLANS TO JOIN BANNOCKBURN WEEKEND 2014
Scotland’s clan chiefs and clans are to come together in 2014 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn with a re-enactment weekend near Stirling organised by the National Trust for Scotland. A clan village will be set up and the town will be bright with tartan as Scotland marks the anniversary of the battle and remembers the fallen. The Convenor of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor said: ‘We are delighted to be included in what will be a momentous event for Scotland. Bannockburn is a key event for us because it happened at the dawn of the Scottish clan system. We hope that thousands of Scots, both here and overseas, will now get behind the weekend and return to their roots to help us remember what was a pivotal period of our history.’ The event has been planned for the last weekend in June to allow the clans to be part of this major re-enactment which will also be open for the public to come along and experience this momentous event in Scottish history. There are more than 150 clan chiefs and hundreds of clan societies across the world. Interest is expected to be highest in North America, where there are some thirty million people with Scots’ ancestry. Sir Malcolm MacGregor continued - ‘I – and nine other chiefs – will be at a clan conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on 19th October telling people about the 2014 re-enactment at Bannockburn and other regional events. The battle is a key part of Scottish history and the American clan leaders are keen to support us. We have been in discussions with the National Trust about the event. Their record on producing historical re-enactments is second to none. We are honoured to have the chance to work with them.’ Tom Chambers, Director of Homecoming 2014 said.... ‘It makes sense to have the Clans closely involved with the Re-enactment and this is promising to be a great event. As part of the Homecoming 2014 programme, we are also looking at other ways we might be able to support clan events outside of Stirling, so that we reach clan homelands in every part of Scotland.’
Here at Scottish Highland Trails we think it is fantastic that we finally have a definitive plan which is, dare I say it, much better than the previous one!The good news is the Gathering and the Bannockburn celebrations will take place at the same time, which should make things much easier if you are travelling to Scotland from overseas.
As the dates have been officially confirmed as 28 - 30 June 2014, we are now accepting bookings for the Gathering 2014. Please do not hesitate to contact us to plan your trip. We very much look forward to hearing from you!