Now less than three months to go to the Douglas Clan Gathering!
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Dear Clansmen and Clanswomen,

There are now less than three months to go til we gather in Scotland to join together with our fellow clansmen and clanswomen from around the world to celebrate our heritage and history and learn more about the Douglas Clan

For those attending the Bannockburn Live celebrations in Stirling over the 27th - 30th June, there is an exciting programme of events, including PipeFest on 27th June, the Armed Forces Day celebrations on 28th June, the Bannockburn Battle events on 28th and 29th June, and a Clan Day on 30th June.

The programme for the Clan Day is still being firmed up - but we hope to see the Douglases at Aberdour and Lochleven on that day!

Regrettably, we are cancelling the Kirkin o' the Tartan church service, but we do have a replacement option.

Gathering News

Jousting at Linlithgow
New to our programme, in a daring display of horsemanship and skill, the knights will do all they can to better their opponent from knight on knight jousting, ring jousting and foot combat. Join us at Linlithgow Palace on Sunday 6th July.

It is with regret that we have decided to cancel the Kirkin o' the Tartan church service.
Sadly, there is insufficient interest to make this work.
The Gathering Convenor
William Douglas
William is the compiler of the Douglas Archives  and is keen to meet some of the people with whom he communicates on historical and genealogical matters.

Ancient Douglases to be at Tantallon?
Following a mediaeval weapons display at Dirleton Castle on Wednesday 2nd July, we travel to Tanatallon, where we will be greeted by Douglas knights in armour!  Later, we will be hosted by the Duke of Hamilton to tea at Lennoxlove.
Hotel pick up points

Once we have details of where everyone is staying, we will arrange pick up points for the castle tours and share details with you.
The Dress Code
What to wear for the Douglas Clan Gathering?

Deciding what to wear for the various events is a tricky one - and not just for the ladies!  For the day trips, it is worth considering that, on two of the days, we will be scrambling in and out of ferry boats.  On all days, we will be climbing into ruinous castles, up and down spiral staircases. For me, a kilt and jumper will be the attire.

For evening events, something smarter would be preferred - but the couple in the photograph could be considered to be over dressed, though someone told me: "If in doubt, dress up".  Some will choose black tie for the ceilidh, but others may choose to be 'smart, but casual'.

What is important is you - not your clothes!
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