More than 30 clansmen and clanswomen marched to the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle for the press launch on Monday, 8th May to mark a momentous occasion in Scotland’s history. This is the first time that Scotland’s clans have been welcomed into the Castle since the Highland Clans marched to the City of Edinburgh, to lay siege to the Castle, during the Jacobite uprising in 1745.
During the Tattoo’s August extravaganza, the military showcase will champion the theme Splash of Tartan. In each evening’s opening ceremony, selected Clan Chiefs will lead their clan folk on to the Esplanade to the awaiting Tattoo crowd. Everyone across the city is being encouraged to dress up in finest tartan accoutrements.
BE A PART OF HISTORY!
Join Clan Gregor in this amazing spectacle and have the experience of a lifetime.
NB. – Special passes are needed to be able to march.
- Would anyone wishing to take part, please contact Clan Gregor Society now at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Would anyone who booked using the “public” Edinburgh Tattoo site and who wants to take part, please contact us immediately.
- The Clan Gregor event is on Monday 21st August at 9pm.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2017 will be unique as clans are participating for the first time. Clan chiefs are, therefore, sending out a rallying call to clansmen and women from all over the world to join them, in their tartan, at the Tattoo in August . The theme of the event, which takes place every year at Edinburgh Castle, will be a ‘Splash of Tartan’ and performances will have a strong clan content. Fifty members of each clan are invited to march in to the Tattoo with their Clan Chief, on a specified night, but you must be in tartan to march.
Clan Gregor takes part on Monday 21st August 2017 together with the Hannays and the Buchanans. Space is strictly limited to fifty members from each clan so, if you want to be one of the fifty MacGregors involved, please contact Clan Gregor Society and provide your details . Once the march is over, you then go to your allocated seats to watch the rest of the performance.
The Tattoo will run from 4th-26th August 2017. Twenty four performances with over 1,200 performers will take place on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, the iconic home of the world’s best known military spectacle. Performances are Monday to Friday at 9pm and on Saturdays at 7.30pm and 10.30pm, with standard ticket prices ranging from £25 to £74.
Full details of the 2017 The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo can be found at www.edintattoo.co.uk where tickets can be purchased online or by telephone on +44 (0)131 225 1188.
NB. We could, in theory, have more than fifty MacGregors wishing to march but, as mentioned above, only fifty will be allowed into the actual arena. We suggest you do not delay as The Tattoo is a hugely popular spectacle. It also takes place during the Edinburgh Festival when the city is full to the brim with people and other great events.
This is an exciting first for the clans and for Clan Gregor in particular. We are immensely proud that our chief, Sir Malcolm, 24th Chief of Clan Gregor and Chieftain of the Children of the Mist, has been instrumental in setting up the relationship with the Tattoo. Let’s put on a great show for the sake of our members worldwide and for the 6000 plus spectators on August the 21st. It’ll be a fantastic experience.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been taking place since 1950. It is run for charitable causes and is broadcast on BBC television each year. The Tattoo attracts over 200,000 spectators annually, with a further 100 million watching the televised showings in 30 different countries. It comprises military bands from British, Commonwealth and International armed forces, massed Pipes and Drums and spectacular performers from all over the world. – If you are coming from abroad, it is a definite highlight of your visit to Scotland.
Photographs courtesy of REMT and Tony Marsh, photographer.