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The Scottish Government Has Big Plans For The Stiff Highlands Breeze But Not Everyone Is Pleased

Local Scottish highlanders are forming up the ranks and preparing for a bit of a scuffle over something that many people think is just a slam dunk great thing: renewable energy.  In Scotland the preferred renewable energy resource could be the strong Scottish winds blowing across the awesomely scenic and (at least presently) wild highlands.  […]

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Scottish Historic Landscape Update: Good news for preservation at Prestonpans and a reason to shout at Culloden

April this year brings some good news for preservation at Prestonpans and the chance to speak your mind about historic landscape preservation at Culloden. It is also time to thank our like minded compatriots back in Scotland for carrying the torch on local battles that affect the world like the fights to keep residential development […]

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Guest Blog: Is ‘Cleared’ Land Really ‘Wild’ Land? A perspective from Rob Gibson, MSP Caithness, Sutherland & Ross

Scotland is alive right now with proposals to do all sorts of things differently than they have been done in the past.  The tension between ‘develop’ and ‘protect’ is growing and the right answers are not always as clear as everyone would like.  One currently hot topic involves how best to relate to Scotland’s vast […]

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Apply NOW For Scottish Clan Event Funding!

As promised, the third round of the Scottish Clan Event Fund has opened for applications for events taking place in 2016/17.   Last year people from across the world attended clan events throughout Scotland that were supported through the Clan Event Fund which is a Scottish Government initiative.  Your clan event may be next! Here are […]

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The Scottish Government Just (very quietly) Announced It Will Develop A New Diaspora Engagement Strategy

Although we are not certain that anyone really heard, Scotland has recently announced it’s intention to sweep off, update and modernize it’s Diaspora Engagement Strategy.  The announcement was made March 25th within the context of the release of Scotland’s new “International Policy Statement”. Here is the reference: “Scotland has an extensive and valued diaspora who, […]

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Scotland’s Lord Lyon King of Arms Does Some Pretty Amazing Things

Here he is earlier today dissolving the Westminster (as in the United Kingdom) Parliament from Edinburgh’s Mercat Cross.  No kidding.  A Lord Lyon’s job is never done.  We cannot wait to hear Dr. Morrow’s tales at the Scottish Caucus in April! So why did Lord Lyon announce the dissolution of the Westminster Parliament today?  Simple.  […]

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The Mackenzie Explains A Clan Chief’s Responsibility In Terms That Hit Home To Mackenzies

“A castle isn’t just some rich man’s toy, it’s the heartland of a clan and I feel a great responsibility not to let it fall to the ground.  Other countries would give their eye teeth for the misty magic of Scottish history.”  Thus explained the Earl of Cromartie about his deeply felt obligation to ensure […]

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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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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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