Plans are now well advanced for the 2014 Clan Gathering, being held in Scotland next year.
Unlike many parts of the world, there is no Douglas Association or Society in Scotland, but a small group has come together to deliver what should be a memorable and enjoyable week of activities with the aim of drawing together clansmen and clanswomen who have as a common bond their ancestry and history.
Those who wish to learn more about their ancestral background in Scotland will be able to visit sites where their ancestors lived, fought and died. It will be an opportunity to research family trees, and meet like minded people.
Opportunities are being made to meet senior Douglas people - we have no clan chief - such as the Dukes of Buccleugh and Hamilton. The Earls of Home and Morton, or members of their family, are also likely to be involved.
We are now fairly firm on how the programme will look for daytime events. Evening activities have still to be firmed up.
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.
The Booking Centre will not open til we have firmed up prices.
As you may know, 2014 is Scotland's Year of the Homecoming - and also a year in which many important events take place; the Ryder Cup; the Commonwealth Games; the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn; and a referendum on the future of Scotland as part of the United Kingdom, or not.
For those planing their travel dates, it is worth noting that there will be a big pipe band event in Stirling as part of the 700th anniversary celebrations.
Pipe bands both local and overseas are invited to mark the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn by taking part in a large massed pipe band parade through Stirling. The Pipefest event is scheduled to take place on Friday 27th June 2014.
Pipe bands and individual players are welcome to take part. Individual players will be invited to join a massed pipe band block. It would be good to have a Douglas pipe band for the Gathering!
Travel and Accommodation
We are working with Marriott Hotels to provide a discounted accommodation rate for the Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club (Seat of the Earls of Morton) and the Marriott Hotel, in Edinburgh. Details should be available in July, and will be published on the Clan Gathering website.
We are also working to set up a group booking facility with a travel agency in an attempt to gain competitive flight costs. We will share details as soon as they are known.
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