Clan gath­er­ing

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AROUND 700 Ma­cleans from as far as Mexico gath­ered at Cas­tle Duart on Mull on Satur­day for the Clan Ma­clean As­so­ci­a­tion’s 125th an­niver­sary.

AROUND 700 Ma­cleans from as far as Mexico gath­ered at Cas­tle Duart on the Isle of Mull on Satur­day for the Clan Ma­clean As­so­ci­a­tion’s 125th an­niver­sary.

Sir Lach­lan Ma­clean, 28th chief of Clan Ma­clean, said the five- day pro­gramme of events proved ‘ very happy and suc­cess­ful’, when he was able to show world­wide sup­port­ers of the Cas­tle Duart Ap­peal how their do­na­tions were be­ing spent on re­pairs. Calum Ma­clean was also in­stalled in Tober­mory as the chief’s new piper. The fundrais­ing raf­fle, drawn by Lady Ma­clean, raised nearly £10,000 alone. Among the 10 unique prizes were a signed copy of the late Sir Fitzroy Ma­clean’s book

The Isles of the Sea, a sil­ver kilt belt en­graved with the Ma­clean bat­tleaxe, a sil­ver Iona Ma­clean Gal­ley brooch, and a spe­cially-wo­ven scarf in a unique Ma­clean tar­tan.

The week also saw whisky tast­ings with Charles and Hec­tor Ma­clean fea­tur­ing rare malts from Tober­mory Dis­tillery, trips to Al­lan Ma­clean’s re­stored tomb in Morvern and the Bloody Bay bat­tle site, he­li­copter rides, and the launch of the new dis­tillery vis­i­tor cen­tre at Drimnin. Fri­day’s ceilidh con­cert at­tracted a 500-strong au­di­ence split be­tween the mar­quees at Cas­tle Duart and Tober­mory.

Two hun­dred and forty peo­ple at­tended the Kirkin’ o’ the Tar­tan at Tober­mory Parish Church on Sun­day June 25, when the tar­tans of Clan Ma­clean, and other clans and coun­tries, were blessed by the Rev John Pa­ton, Min­is­ter of the North Mull Churches, who also preached. The ser­vice was con­ducted by Canon Al­lan Ma­clean, for­merly Provost of St John’s Cathe­dral, Oban, as­sisted by Ab­bot, the Rt Rev Pa­trick Ma­clean OSSP, from North Carolina. Mrs Pat McClean, Ore­gon, called forth the tar­tans from the con­gre­ga­tion. Or­gan­is­ers Anne and Al­lan Ma­clean also wished to thank the Scot­tish Clan Event Fund and Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil for their fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions.

Pho­to­graph: Ewan Bax­ter.

Seven hun­dred Ma­cleans from all over the world gath­ered at Duart Cas­tle on Mull last week­end for the 125th an­niver­sary of the Clan Ma­clean As­so­ci­a­tion.

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