Douglas Gathering Newsletter No. 8
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Douglas Clan Gathering
30th June - 6th July 2014

All Douglases are invited, of whatever branch, spelling or sept.

The Gathering will include a week long programme of events and activities, with options to include your own arrangements.  We will be based in Edinburgh.

Our aims include enabling clansmen and clanswomen from around the world to meet and discuss areas of interest, be they family history, genealogy, clan traditions or to exchange contact details.

Bring a copy of your family tree, list your 'brick walls', and be ready to share what you have in exchange for information others may have.

Ceud mìle fàilte to you all!

The Commonwealth Ceilidh

People from across the world have been invited to join in a global ceilidh held over 24 hours this summer, as part of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games celebrations.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), which has been commissioned by Get Scotland Dancing to create the Commonwealth Ceilidh, will work with dance organisations in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to create new ‘fusion’ dances which will be performed along with existing dances in a worldwide event on Saturday 21 June 2014.

The Commonwealth Ceilidh will begin with events in New Zealand at 7.30pm local time; the next events will begin two hours later in Australia, then in Japan and onwards, with the dancing beginning at 7.30pm in Scotland, 12 hours after the Ceilidh started.

Along with Commonwealth Ceilidhs in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh it is hoped that Commonwealth Ceilidhs will take place in hundreds of locations across Scotland and the UK. The Commonwealth Ceilidh then continues over to the Americas and organisers are aiming for the final event to take place in Hawaii 24 hours after the first ceilidh call was made.

Each Commonwealth Ceilidh will be unique to its location, with an interval in every event giving the chance for groups to showcase their national or local dance style. Organisers are especially interested at present in hearing from people who would like to organise a Ceilidh in their own community.

So whether you are at home, or in Scotland, you can get involved!

Our own Douglas Clan Gathering ceilidh is planned for Friday 4th July at Dalmahoy. Tickets at £40 per person will include a meal.  Haggis, anyone?
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The truth about what happened to the beautiful Lady Jane Douglas in Paris in 1748 has never been established.  Did she give birth to twin boys in a bug-infested boarding house, or did she buy her two sons from poor French peasants to ensure that the distinguished line of Douglas survived in Scotland? 

The story has many villains and few heroes.  One man, a dour Scottish lawyer for the Hamiltons, devoted several years to an obsessive pursuit of evidence that would deny a noble birth to Archy Douglas by discovering whose child he really was.  On the other side, the Duchess of Douglas, married late in life by the Duke, and seen by many as a madwoman, poured the immense Douglas wealth into a team of lawyers who scoured Paris ten years after the birth to prove that Archy was indeed born to his mother at the age of forty-nine.

The eventual verdict in the House of Lords convinced no one. 

Karl Sabbagh's book is being published in June 2014, and will be launched at the Clan Gathering on Thursday 3rd July. 
This photograph was taken at the 2009 International Clan gathering in 2009.  Were you part of that event?  Did you march up the Royal mile behind this banner, and The Caledonian Brewery Pipe Band?

You can find an album of photographs of the parade here: 

Maybe you can see yourself?

Gathering Programme

We are now fairly firm on how the programme will look for daytime events. 

Monday  30th June:    Visit Aberdour and Lochleven Castles
Tuesday 1st July:       Visit Bothwell and Douglas Castles, the Douglas Heritage Museum and St Bride's Church
Wednesday 2nd July: Visit Dirleton and Tantallon Castles and Lennoxlove House
Thursday 3rd July:      Visit Lincluden Abbey, Threave Castle and the Douglas Mausoleum
Friday 4th July:            Tour Edinburgh, or a location of your choice
Saturday 5th July:        Clan Muster at Drumlanrig Castle, with an opportunity to visit Morton Castle and the Queensberry Tomb.

On Sunday 6th July, we will be in Stirling, where a Kirkin o' the Tartan church service is planned. We will march with banners flying from the Castle to the Kirk.  You will then have the opportunity to visit Stirling Castle, The Wallace Monument and the site of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Further details of the daily programme are available on the Clan Gathering website.
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