Cur­rie clan gath­ers to ap­point a com­man­der

The Oban Times - - News -

THIS Au­gust will see mem­bers of the world­wide Cur­rie, Curry, Cur­rey fam­ily (an­ciently MacMhuirich or MacVurich) gath­er­ing in Scot­land to take part in two spe­cial events.

The Cur­ries will hold a fam­ily con­ven­tion to select their first com­man­der or chief.

This will be fol­lowed by a stint at the Royal Ed­in­burgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too, with other hon­oured clans to cel­e­brate the Scot­tish di­as­pora as part of the tat­too’s Splash of Tartan cel­e­bra­tion.

The Cur­ries were once in­flu­en­tial poets and his­to­ri­ans to the MacDonald Lords of the Isles and other prom­i­nent fam­i­lies and clans.

In a process reg­u­lated by Dr Joseph Mor­row, QC, Lord Lyon King of Arms, fam­ily mem­bers will meet at the Trades Hall in Glas­gow on Au­gust 15 at 2pm for a fam­ily con­ven­tion to select a com­man­der who would act as head of the clan in the an­tic­i­pa­tion of a later se­lec­tion of a chief of the Name and Arms of Cur­rie.

As part of the pro­ce­dure to find that per­son, the fam­ily has con­ducted an in­ter­na­tional search for rep­re­sen­ters. The clos­ing date for nom­i­na­tions is noon on June 30.

The Court of the Lord Lyon, which has ju­ris­dic­tion in such mat­ters, said there are a num­ber of rea­sons why a fam­ily might hold a fam­ily con­ven­tion. Most ap­pro­pri­ately for the Cur­ries, it is: ‘ Where nei­ther blood link to a past chief nor rep­re­sen­ter of a cadet line can be iden­ti­fied but it is wished to pro­pose a par­tic­u­lar per­son of the sur­name as com­man­der.’

The pro­ceed­ings in Glas­gow will be over­seen by Liam Devlin, Uni­corn Pur­suiv­ant, as the ap­pointed pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer.

Pro­fes­sor Hugh Cheape from the Na­tional Cen­tre for Gaelic Lan­guage and Cul­ture said: ‘This kin­dred [Cur­rie] as “bardic dynasty” with such a re­mark- able his­tory ought now to be recog­nised on the wider stage of Scot­tish cul­ture as a fam­ily with an in­de­pen­dent role at the cen­tre of a widely con­nected and well- or­dered cul­ture.’

The fam­ily is de­scended from the 13th-cen­tury Ir­ish bard, Muiread­hach Ó Dálaigh (O’Daly).

Well-known ge­neal­o­gist, herald­ist and his­to­rian Dr Bruce Durie said: ‘His­tor­i­cally, there never was a Clan Cur­rie or Clan MacMhuirich, with ter­ri­to­ries and a quasi-mil­i­tary struc­ture.

‘The term “fam­ily” is prob­a­bly in­ap­pro­pri­ate for Cur­rie, as it in­di­cates the Low­lands. The MacMhuirichs, how­ever, were proud High­landers, and hered­i­tary bards to a num­ber of clans. They were truly a learned kin­dred, which may be the best des­ig­na­tion for Cur­rie.’

On Satur­day Au­gust 19 at 10.30pm, as part of an ex­cit­ing new part­ner­ship be­tween the Scot­tish Di­as­pora and the Royal Ed­in­burgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too, the Cur­rie clan, one of a num­ber of hon­oured fam­i­lies, will march up the Royal Mile onto Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle es­planade and be recog­nised in a pre-show cer­e­mony. A proud mo­ment for all in­volved.

The Rev­erend Dr David Cur­rie said: ‘As chap­lain of the Clan Cur­rie So­ci­ety, I have had the priv­i­lege of meet­ing hun­dreds with my sur­name from around the world at our Pipes of Christ­mas con­certs, Tartan Day on El­lis Is­land and other events.

‘One of the most mem­o­rable events for me was march­ing up the Royal Mile as part of the gath­er­ing of the clans event about a decade ago.

‘As we Cur­ries took our place along­side other Scot­tish fam­i­lies, the only thing that I thought could make it bet­ter would be if we could take our place as for­mally recog­nised by the Lord Lyon with a com­man­der or chief.

‘Af­ter our fam­ily con­ven­tion on Au­gust 15 I look for­ward to re­trac­ing our steps later that same week hav­ing ful­filled that hope as a recog­nised learned kin­dred with a com­man­der lead­ing us to the cas­tle as one of the hon­oured clans for the Ed­in­burgh Tat­too.’

The Cur­rie will pa­rade at the Ed­in­burgh Mil­i­tary Tat­too this sum­mer.

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