All roads lead to Ar­gyll for MacPhe­drans clan re­union

The Oban Times - - News -

MACPHE­DRANS from Scot­land, Eng­land, USA and Canada gath­ered in In­ver­aray last week­end for a clan re­union, then toured their his­toric sites in Ar­gyll.

Af­ter talks on their ori­gins by clan his­to­ri­ans An­gus Macmil­lan and Ken­neth MacTag­gart in the Ni­col Hall, they went south to Keills Chapel near Tay­val­lich.

Here their old­est known an­ces­tor Cor­mac MacPhe­dran’s grave stone is pre­served, dat­ing back to the 14th cen­tury.

At Killevin they also in­spected the grave­stone of John MacPhe­dran of Cladich House, Crarae. John, who died in 1751, was the Loch Fyne fer­ry­man and the an­ces­tor of ev­ery­one present. A ceilidh in In­ver­aray fol­lowed in the evening, with mu­si­cians from Ben­der­loch.

The fol­low­ing days saw trips to In­ver­aray Castle to ex­plore their Camp­bell con­nec­tions and to Port Sonachan on Loch Awe, where their lands and ferry rights were tra­di­tion­ally granted for ser­vice to Robert the Bruce in the leadup to the Bat­tle of Ban­nock­burn.

They also vis­ited the an­cient MacPhe­dran arrow-mak­ing forge at Ben­der­loch.

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