One month to go: The Douglas Clan Gathering!
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Dear Clansmen and Clanswomen,

There is just one month 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 who are including the Clan Gathering in a European tour, time to go is even shorter.

I will be emailing all those attending in the coming week to fine tune details about your visit to Scotland.
Notes about this appear below.


Gathering News

St Fillans Church

It was part of the plan to visit St Fillans Church when we were at Aberdour Castle.

Inside this charming small bulding, which lies close-by the castle, are a collection of historic Douglas commemoration plaques.

I have just learnt that, sadly, the church burned down at Christmas. It is currently closed off while re-building takes place.

I have asked if the plaques were saved from the church and could be made available to view.


The coaches are booked!

There will be two key pick up points, at Dalmahoy and at the Edinburgh Marriott.

For the trip to Tantallon and Dirleton, there will be a further pick up point at Burdiehouse/Straighton, just off the Edinburgh bypass.

Details of all timings will be in your welcome packs, and will be circulated ahead of the Gathering.
Jousting at Linlithgow
Several of you have told me that you would like to attend a display of Jousting at Linlithgow Palace on Sunday 6th July. I will be in touch soon to arrange an upgarde to your tickets to enable you to attend this event - and gain entry to Stirling and Edinburgh castles at a saving of around £30.
Banners and Flags
Proud to be a Douglas
I look forward to seeing Douglas banners and flags flying at Douglas castles when we are on our tours. The are definitely required for our group photographs. Please make room for them in your suitcases.

Let me know if you need a flagpole. Broom handles can be supplied!

Border Clansmen entertain
The battle re-enactment group, the Border Clansmen, will be giving us a demonstration at Drumlanig, when we visit on Saturday 5th July.

They will be bringing history alive - aiming to educate, promote and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Borderlands of England and Scotland.

Hotel Reservations

Our priority booking arrangement has ended, but if you do want to stay at Dalmahoy or at the Marriott, please mention the Douglas Gathering to gain a discount on the rack rate.

I will be in touch this week to check where everyone is staying so that we can ensure you all can make the tour pick up points without difficuly.


I understand that some would like to visit Glenbervie on Friday 4th July to view Douglas monuments (above) and the house and church.

I will be in touch with you soon to confirm who wants to go to Glenbervie so that you can link up to share transport arrangements.

This will be an opportunity for anyone wishing to do any other trips to combine forces.

I understand that some will be travelling on the Hogwarts' Express!

Friday 4th July
A 'free' day

Choosing what to do on this day may not be easy. Whether you would like to visit the Edinburgh museums to view Douglas paintings and artefacts (The 1898 Frieze of Famous Scots in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, includes Archibald Douglas 'Bell the Cat', 5th Earl of Angus (left) and Douglas portraits that hang in the gallery), or whether you want to travel further afield, e.g. to Glenbervie, then this is your day.

You might wish to take advantage of your 'Golden Ticket' to visit Edinburgh Castle. The Royal Collection will be open this week, but please note that HM The Queen is in Edinburgh so the Palace of Holyroodhouse will not be open to the public. Also at Holyrood is our Scottish Paliament. I think some of you are staying close by.

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