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A Douglas gathering round up.
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Dear Clansmen and Clanswomen,

The 2014 Douglas Gathering was a wonderful week with a mixture of castle visits, socializing and getting to know each other. I so enjoyed meeting and making new friends.
I had hoped by now to be able to tell you that there was a full photo gallery available for everyone to catch up on what happened during the week in Scotland, but I am still waiting for some to arrive. I will let you know when that is organised, but meantme facebook members can see many of them here: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasClanGathering  

Future newsletters will contain more general material about the Douglas family, and not be specific to the Gathering. There will not be many - maybe 6 a year- but iIf you no longer wish to receive these, please unsubscribe.

Gathering News
 

700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn

Some Douglases were able to meet 'The Good Sir James' at the re-enactment of the battle.



 

Across the water to Lochleven Castle

The Hon. Jamie Douglas, the Earl of Morton's second son, and his family were on the island to inform us about the history of Lochleven Castle. He is seen here with Hamish Burgess and Peter Douglas, holding a Morton flag.

 

Guests of the Duke of Hamilton at Lennoxlove

After allowing us to roam his house, the Duke of Hamilton provided tea in the Great Hall. We then assembled outside for a display by the Haddington Pipe Band before posing for a group photograph with the Duke.
Banners and Flags
Proud to be a Douglas
Douglas banners and flags flew at Drumlanrig Castle where the parade was led by Hamish Douglas Burgess, playing the pipes, and the Duke of Buccleuch


 


 

Lord and Lady Aberdour welcomed us to Aberdour Castle

Stewart, the Earl of Morton's eldest son, and Amanda Aberdour welcomed us to Aberdour Castle, where we were entertained by a 'medieval musician' and briefed by the former Custodian, Brian Reid.

Dalmahoy reception

The Earl (above) and Countess of Morton were guests of honour at a reception held at Dalmahoy

 

Drumlanrig Castle

We ended our day at Drumlanrig with a group photograph with the Duke of Buccleuch on the steps of the castle. Earlier we had lunch in a marquee on the lawns and a special conducted tour.
 

Special thanks

Hamish Douglas Burgess travelled from Hawaii to be with us, bringing his pipes and his camera. Quite how he managed to take so many photographs and play his pipes, I never discovered. Equally, how he managed to be in his photographs, I am also unsure!

Hamish, seen here with the Duke of Buccleuch at Drumlanrig, is carrying my pipe banner on his pipes. I was greatly honoured by this, and by the various standard bearers who carried my grandfather's flag on each of our visits.

My biggest thanks go to all those who joined us, whether for one day or one event, or for the whole week.
Haste ye back!
 
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