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Clan Gregor Virtual Gathering 2022
The prime founding function of the Society, when it was founded, was to support the education of deserving boys so that, despite their perhaps humble origins, they could, through education, have the possibility of advancing their status in life.
Your Clan Gregor Society still has support for members of the clan as one of its principal aims. The Society aims also include promotion of arts which is why we have a clan bard (Paraig MacNeill) and why we support piping
through the award of a quaich at the Lochearnhead Games and through a generous scholarship for a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Another principal aim is the preservation of our heritage and as I write this
the conservation of the Glenorchy gravestones of the MacGregor chiefs has actually begun in Edinburgh. The Stones have been lifted and transported there to the conservators’ studio. You can read more about it later in this Newsletter.
All of the things we can do depend on you as members and on your generosity and support, and so we gratefully thank you for all you do in supporting the aims and the projects.
Why not come and celebrate this major anniversary with us online on December 10th at 2PM GMT by Zoom. We will have short talks, music, greetings and toasts (so have your favourite drink to hand). We will record
the celebration so those of you unable to join us live can watch later. We had hoped that our celebration would be in person but a certain virus stopped that - but perhaps we might see some of your at our 2024 international gathering (more details below).
I look forward to seeing you in December.
International Clan Gathering and
Tour One: The Highland Tour
The Highland Tour, proposed for 2022, was postponed until 2024 due to uncertainty about COVID 19 and its effects on the travel industry. The intention is to book the Loch Awe Hotel near Dalmally for the period 14th - 21st July 2024 with the intent to provide our usual, spectacular tours and events, finishing with the Lochearnhead Highland Games and the Banquet on Saturday the 20th July.
We are aiming to keep the price to members around £1,250 (GBP) per person for eight days (Sunday to Sunday) with a £50 discount for the few rooms which do not have a view of the Loch. This price includes transport to and from Edinburgh or Glasgow airports, bed & breakfast and evening meal, a formal Society dinner in a Castle, entertainment, all coach tours and most admission fees and fares. Subject to confirmation, we are planning to visit the Isles of Staffa and Iona; Inveraray Castle; Castle Menzies; Kilmartin Glen; and have a trip on the Jacobite steam train passing over the Glenfinnan viaduct (for Harry Potter fans). For those of you who attended in 2018, we will also be offering additional visits to alternative locations related to the clan.
A week like this arranged by a travel agent could cost twice as much. The pick-up and drop-off at the airports is also a super perk that is not often offered on tours. It is important to remind ourselves that membership of Clan Gregor has numerous advantages, this certainly being one of the greatest.
However, we need a minimum of 120 attending to justify this price. Members wishing to take advantage of this amazing experience should notify the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. To guarantee your place you will need to forward payment to the Society of 25% for each person (£300 in Sterling) before the end of February 2023, with the balance due by the end of 2023.
Overseas members simply have to get themselves to Edinburgh or Glasgow airports and ensure they have adequate travel insurance. Only lunches and personal spending money will be extra.
Members were given the option of a refund of their deposit for 2022 or of keeping it in the tour fund. We are pleased to report that over 90% of members wished their deposits retained.
For enquiries about the Highland Tour please contact Ross on email@example.com.
Tour Two: Edinburgh and the Scott Country
For those of you who would like to extend your stay in Scotland during 2024, Keith and Richard will once again offer our Edinburgh and the Scott country tour, following the Highland Tour, from 28th July - 4th August 2024. The event will be based in Edinburgh to include touring the Royal Mile, visits to Abbotsford (Sir Walter Scott) and Rosslyn (Da Vinci Code) and will allow for booking of the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo. Please note that places for this tour are strictly limited. For enquiries about the Edinburgh & Scott Country Tour please contact Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that to attend the 2024 Clan Gregor tours you must be a member in good standing for 2 years and be up-to-date with your membership fees.
We look forward to meeting you all and sharing our amazing and collective heritage.
The Sydney Edinburgh Military Tattoo October 2019
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019 was held in Sydney’s ANZ Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park – and what a magnificent performance it was! Over 1,200 talented performers from across the globe (including a heavy pacific region contingent) gave their absolute best in a fantastic setting.
For the first time, the organisers arranged for a representative group of clansmen and clanswomen, accompanied by their own pipeband, to march in at the beginning of the Tattoo to facilitate the opening of the ceremonies.
To this end, the Clan MacGregor fielded a very impressive 50+ members of the 300-odd total clans people who walked in (thanks to Frank McGregor, CGS Overseas Representative for ANZ, for all his hard work arranging this). No less than three Clan Chiefs were present to greet the Governor General. Our own ANZ Clan Gregor piper Richard McGregor was the official Clan Piper of the evening (see photo above).
Overall, an amazing experience was had by all walking through the ‘gates’ of Edinburgh Castle to start off the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019!
Clan Gregor Gathering 2018
The 2018 Clan Gregor Gathering in Scotland was attended by over 120 MacGregors, and saw robust representation from Southeast US, Pacific Northwest US, Canada, Australasia, Germany, and Britain, as well as individuals from around the world.
As the coaches returned to the hotel each evening there was plenty of tartan flashing, glasses clinking, new friendships being made, and talk of the day’s tour. But most obvious was that here were clansmen and clanswomen from every part of the world representing their fellow members back home, who had all gathered for a most enjoyable event.
Said Wayne Parker, Chairman of CGSCC: ‘In our Clan Gregor Society, it’s more than just wearing the kilt or sporting some MacGregor tartan. We believe in and count on strong participation. Membership has its privileges, not the least of which is doing one’s part in keeping the flame of MacGregor alive and moving forward’.
Special Clan Events 2020 to 2024
Online virtual gathering 10th December 2022
2024 Clan Gregor Gathering Scotland
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