2017: Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Get Involved!

As some of you may have noticed, Scotland loves to assign themes to every year. This imagehas been going on for some time. The whole thing is just a little weird and lets just say, some annual themes are better than others. This year is Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. It also corresponds with the first full year of Scotland’s dramatically lowered Drunk Driving blood alcohol limit. Perhaps 2015 should just have been Scotland’s Year of Food.

Well, 2017 landed a great theme: Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. No problem! We got this! Plans are afoot for how to maximize one entire year of focus on our ancestral past. Way past. The kind of past that you have to get your knees and fingers dirty to discover. Our archaeological past. Who doesn’t want to get a piece of this?

imageFor starters, lets find out what Scottish clans and families are already digging up in the many archaeological and restoration projects. For instance, Clan Gregor is focusing on newly discovered and still mostly buried gravestones of their ancient hereditary Gregor chiefs. Getting things like that out of the ground and preserved and interpreted is never an easy task but always an important one.

What other projects are underway and involving Scottish clan & family societies? Do let us hear from you at Info@COSCA.Scot. Let’s leverage the Scottish Government’s 2016 and 2017 marketing budget to the Scottish Ancestral Diaspora’s advantage during Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Let’s use this great year long focus and a two year build up to increase Scottish clan and family exposure to Scots across the world.

Will we find new clans folk from across the globe who take a new or renewed interest in their clan or family? Will we speak to a new, young, active and passionate generation when we invite volunteers to join our digs and restoration projects in ancestral Scottish clan and family lands? Let’s find out.

Tell us about your projects. Send us your ideas. Stay tuned.

3 responses to “2017: Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Get Involved!”

  1. I am nearing the end of the publishing process, and hope my book will go to the printer before the end of the month.

    Titled “The Origins of the Mure Family,” it tells the story of this ancient Celtic family, a seminal influence in the development of the Stewart line of kings. The Mures’ tribal origins in Strathclyde and in Northern Ireland are presented, along with family trees of the main houses of the family. Extensive footnotes and bibliography, 87 pages, paperback, $14.95.

    Elizabeth Mure of Rowallan was the mother of three sons significant in Scottish history: King Robert III, Alexander the Wolf of Badenoch, and Robert Duke of Albany.


  2. Geoff. Crolley says:

    Let’s get people involved in telling Scotland’s Story through song. Mining songs, farming songs, Jacobite & clearings songs, whisky & war songs: they explain Scotland from bottom up in words we understand.
    Organise All/Aul’ Scotland Folk Festivals on and around the anniversary of the 1st ever Burns’ Supper, July 21st.
    We’ll start – m.facebook.com/events/1763216690569980

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