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International Clan Gatherings and Conventions

Seven Clan and Family Societies Gain Funding From Scottish Government

Congratulations to Clan Hannay, Clan Mackenzie, Clan MacRae, Clan MacCauley, Clan Stewart, Clan Hay and Clan Gunn for receiving significant funding boosts for their Scotland based gatherings!  The source of the funding is the Scottish Government’s 2015 Clan Event Fund.  Applications for the current round of funding for events planned in 2016 and 2017 will […]

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Ireland Just Released Its Brand New Diaspora Policy

“The Irish nation cherishes its special affinity with people of Irish ancestry living abroad who share its cultural identity and heritage” So goes the opening comment by the Republic of Ireland to the estimated 70 million descendants of Irish emigrants across the globe that opens Ireland’s new Diaspora Policy.  Not a bad start.  You can review the entire report […]

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Next Up At Wandering Scots Book Club: Scots In The West!

As we begin to explore more of the history of Scots in America we open a new chapter out west.  What an exciting, complex, troubling and beautiful story. From the Mackenzies following trade inward from the Pacific Northwest to the Scots defenders of the Alamo the American west has drawn Scots in serious numbers. Their stories are […]

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New Plan To Protect Culloden Battlefield Introduced By Inverness Councillor Ken Gowans

On February 25th, Inverness Councillor Ken Gowans reported the following: “As I promised in January a Planning Paper is coming before the City of Inverness Area Committee (CIAC) on 4th March. The paper outlines the need for a review of the Conservation Area and the extension of that around the greater battlefield area. The changes […]

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My Dear Watson! The World Has Seen Nothing Like This In Eighty Years!

A new Sherlock Holmes story, by Arthur Conan Doyle, has been discovered in Selkirk by a retired historian in a book in his attic.  This is the first unseen Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur C. Doyle in over eighty years.  You can read about the discovery and you can read the new story here.  […]

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Do People In Scotland Value Scotland’s Heritage? Survey Says . . . ?????

Last month Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop announced the government’s recent conclusion that “Scots value heritage and culture”.  The claim is based upon the most recent Scottish Household Survey released in August of 2014.  The Secretary’s press release reports that nine in ten Scots agree heritage buildings and places should […]

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Scottish Clan Events Fund: A Chance for Scotland to Support Scottish Clans & Families.

The Scottish Government has, in recognition of the importance that it places on Clan Tourism to the Scottish economy (that’s their quote not ours), worked with Clan representatives to support the creation of the Scottish Clan Event Fund.  The fund is intended to provide legally constituted Clans and Clan Societies with financial support of up […]

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Adhamh O Broin: A real highland hero is coming to America on a wee tour this Spring!

Catch the Outlander Gaelic tutor as he tours the western United States and listen to his personal story of the real struggle of Scots Gaelic and traditional Scottish culture in today’s Scotland.  Adhamh has long been in the middle of that struggle and we look forward to hearing what he has to say. Check out […]

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If Your Kids Were Irish …

If your kids were interested in the ancient Irish language instead of their own Scots Gaelic, they could compete for scholarships to study in Ireland in an awesome immersion program offered through the Irish government’s partnership with the United States government and funded by the National Lottery in Ireland. Then when their scholarship was awarded, […]

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Highland Titles: Built On Deception & Stolen Heritage Hopefully Soon Gone And Easily Forgotten

For those who have followed the Highland Title saga over the years, you may finally be able to draw this issue to a close, if a pack of Scottish land lawyers have their way.    The entire scheme of selling wee plots of ground in Scotland to buyers who then entitle themselves with really offensive […]

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