News Flash re Gathering 2018

This is to advise that we will be issuing an Update on The 2018 International Gathering very shortly. It’s good news so keep viewing The Gatherings Page for progress reports.

You can also use the search box or the Site Map for detailed information.

(We’re looking forward to seeing you. It’s going to be great).

 

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The Archaeology Project

The written history of Clan Gregor begins in the 1300s, in the area around Glen Orchy and Glen Strae, although oral tradition speaks of descent from Dalriadic kings of 500 years earlier. The subsequent moves eastward to Loch Lomondside and the Central Highlands occurred in later centuries, as a result of factors such as proscription, failure to secure written title to lands held and contest with the ever expanding Campbells of Argyll.  Finding ourselves landless in the aftermath of the Battle of Glenfruin in 1603, the “Children of the Mist” now have few original buildings or chiefly homes still in existence. This presents challenges when attempting to uncover archaeological evidence of those past buildings – but it has not deterred us from trying.

For the past 5 years Clan Gregor Society has been working with Northlight Heritage and it’s team of archaeologists, to investigate two sites associated with MacGregors of Glen Strae. We are seeking to find remains of their significant houses / homesteads.

This is stimulating work which has taken place in all weather conditions. We are grateful for the funding, which was entirely by donations and legacies from clan members, with our American cousins being extremely generous. We have also had assistance in the field from members of Dalmally Historical Association. – New technologies such as Ground Penetrating Radar, aerial drone photography and carbon dating have all been used in the task.

We began by investigating the site of a possible fortified manor house, called Bothan na Dige, by the banks of the River Orchy near Stronmilchan and reputed to be the home of MacGregor chiefs for centuries. Although no evidence of any structure was found, the dig provided excellent archaeological training for participating members.

We then focused on a location called Tigh Mor ( the Big House) which has a commanding position, overlooking the head of Loch Awe, at the mouth of Glen Strae. Thus far, two turf built rectangular structures, with interior hearths, have been identified, one of which is most likely a dwelling. We have also uncovered a bloomery (a medieval iron furnace) together with substantial amounts of slag iron and a collection of pottery, identified as Scottish Redware, dating from the 13th to 15th centuries. Radiocarbon dating of samples of charcoal found also confirms late 13th century. –  We will continue to work on Tigh Mor but we now move to news of our next dig.

On 29th July 2016 we were invited to a meeting with Glasgow University Archaeological Department and The Great Trossachs Forest Project who own / manage the lands around Inversnaid on Loch Lomondside. Clan Gregor Society was given the opportunity to explore (and hopefully discover) the site of Rob Roy’s house near the military barracks at Inversnaid. The investigation will begin in July 2017 and take place over the ensuing 3 years.

This is marvellous news. 2017 is the Year of Archaeology and Inversnaid was Rob Roy’s home during his turbulent years with the Duke of Montrose. The barracks were burned by Rob in 1718 and captured by his son James Mor, with only 12 MacGregors, during the 1745 Rising.

We hope that readers and members appreciate the importance of this new project, both to Clan Gregor and to Scottish archaeology. We will provide updates in due course and we thank you, once again, for all your contributions.

(Extract by courtesy of CGS newsletter).

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News Flash re Edinburgh Tattoo 2017

IMPORTANT  – Don’t delay. Deadline for allocated tickets expires on 1st March.

Would anyone wishing to take part please contact Clan Gregor Society now at clangregorsociety@gmail.com.

(Item posted 21.2.2017)

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Have you ever seen or wanted to attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland? –  Let’s go one better. –  How would you like to take part?

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.

 Two clans will be represented each evening, with Clan Gregor taking part on Monday 21st August 2017 together with the Hannays. 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 50 MacGregors marching up the Royal Mile but, as mentioned above, only 50 will be allowed into the actual arena. There is no need for the 50 participants to buy tickets as yet. (Clan Gregor Society is being given an allocation and will keep you advised of developments). Those not part of the 50, however, will need to make their own ticketing arrangements. 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. 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.

Background    

The 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.

Article by kind permission of Mr Frank McGregor OS Rep. Australasia.

 

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