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Historic Gathering In Glencoe

Historic Gathering In Glencoe

By Forrest Macdonald

A historic gathering has taken place in Glencoe with the first meeting of the High Council of the Clan Donald in almost 500 years. Five Clan Donald chiefs and more than 70 MacDonald clansmen and women gathered at the site of the Glencoe Monument for a short ceremony commemorating the infamous massacre before meeting to discuss the future growth and development of the clan movement.

The High Council is made up of clan chiefs Lord Macdonald of Macdonald, MacDonald of Clanranald, MacDonell of Glengarry, MacDonald of Sleat and MacDonnell of Antrim and it is hoped the gathering will begin the restoration of the historic tradition. Clan chiefs were joined by clansmen and women from across the globe with representatives from many countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Holland and France. Welcoming the historic gathering, Visit Scotland chief executive Peter McKinley said, "Glencoe and the surrounding area is of great historical importance to the MacDonald clan and an ideal location for this High Council gathering. We are confident that those traveling to Scotland for this event will have a fantastic time and are assured of a warm Scottish welcome."

Rob McDonald Parker, Advisor to the High Council, said, "In the 15th century, when the Clan Donald was at its zenith, the High Council met regularly with other Clansmen to discuss important business. It is hoped that this tradition will be re-established, with a series of bi-annual meetings already planned for locations throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland."

A host of other events are planned for the five-day gathering program, including an opportunity to sail in the Highland Galley "Aileach" and excursions to Castle Tioram, Glenfinnan, Invergarry and Iona.

(Courtesy "Cuimhnich", Clan Donald Newsletter - The Highlander Nov/Dec 2001)