Mull prepares for the gathering of Clan Maclean
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.’