Mull pre­pares for the gath­er­ing of Clan Ma­clean

The Oban Times - - News -

MULL will again be the venue next year for the Clan Ma­clean in­ter­na­tional gath­er­ing from June 20 to 25.

The gath­er­ings are held ev­ery five years and this will be the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive one. The gath­er­ings are based in Tober­mory, with clan mem­bers stay­ing and ex­plor­ing all parts of the is­land.

Next year we will mark the 125th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Clan Ma­clean As­so­ci­a­tion in 1892, and it will be themed around Event Scot­land’s Year of His­tory, Her­itage and Ar­chae­ol­ogy. Event Scot­land has given a gen­er­ous grant to help the Clan Ma­clean bring a gath­er­ing to Mull once more.

The Event Scot­land theme is par­tic­u­larly apt as there is vi­tal and on­go­ing work tak­ing place at Duart Cas­tle, an­ces­tral home of the Clan Ma­clean, to pre­serve the build­ing.

The past win­ter has shown the ur­gent need to un­der­take this most ex­pen­sive project. Fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions from the clan around the world are at present be­ing sought, and the gath­er­ing will be a chance to see what has been achieved so far and what is still be done.

The pre­vi­ous gath­er­ing was in 2012 when clans­folk trav­elled to Mull and were based for a week at Tober­mory. They en­joyed, as usual, a warm wel­come from the whole town.

Ev­ery­one who at­tended ap­pre­ci­ated that shops and busi­nesses were fea­tur­ing the Clan Ma­clean. By the end of the week of ac­tiv­i­ties around the is­land, more than 1,000 Ma­cleans gath­ered at Duart Cas­tle for the cen­te­nary of the first great clan gath­er­ing in 1912, when ‘Old Sir Fitzroy’, hav­ing bought the ru­ins of Duart Cas­tle, wel­comed his clan ‘home’ and gave them some­where to re­turn to and gather for years to come.

Anne Ma­clean of Dochgar­roch, chair­woman of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, said: ‘I am sure that in 2017 the peo­ple of Tober­mory and Mull will again give our clan a warm wel­come.’

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