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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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NEWS FLASH: Reports Of The Scottish Clan System’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

This is the latest in a dialogue with Scottish blogger Phoenix45.org. Thank you Phoenix45.org, for your latest comments in our ongoing dialogue.  The beauty of this is we are actually dredging up areas of potential agreement.  If we can last long enough.  For instance, P45 says this: “I have no problem with the diaspora and their […]

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Just When You Thought Nobody Was Watching: Does the Scottish Diaspora have an image problem in Scotland?

A few editions back, Planet COSCA.Scot included a swell little article on the December party at Holyrood Palace hosted by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs aiming to connect with and energize the Chiefly heirs so they will be ready to assume all of those important tasks that their fathers and mothers, the hereditary leaders […]

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Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs’ Holyrood Palace Heirs’ Party

Guest Blog:  SCSC Convenor Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor Comments On An Exceptional Scottish Clan & Family Event A somewhat historic event took place at the Palace of Holyrood House on Friday 28 November. The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs (SCSC) hosted a reception for heirs to clan chiefships and heads of families. It was […]

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COSCA Makes Headlines With International Clan Gatherings Report

COSCA is in the news again! Before you read The Herald Scotland article however, understand that it’s a wee bit of a mean spirited take on our International Clan Gatherings report. The Herald’s article misses the primary purpose of the working group, survey and final ICG report. The primary task was and is to look […]

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International Clan Gatherings Working Group: Final Report

COSCA is delighted to bring you the final report of the International Clan Gatherings Working Group appointed at the 2013 Scottish Clan & Family Caucus at Grandfather Mountain.  We encourage you to take a few moments and review this document.  Let us know what you think. We wish to express our sincerest thanks to the […]

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COSCA’s Most Excellent Trip To Scotland & Grandfather Mountain

For the best part of June and July this year, COSCA was at the forefront of both games of the biggest double header in recent Scottish American history:  Scotland’s Homecoming 2014 signature event Bannockburn Live! in Stirling, Scotland followed by the 59th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games back home in North Carolina.  Below is the […]

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Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs Helps Prevent A Westminster Jolt To The Scottish Clan System

Do you ever wonder what sorts of things take up your Clan Chief’s time when he or she is at home in Scotland?  We know the list of duties is a long one but not surprisingly, our Chiefs spend a good deal of their time working hard to keep the Scottish clan tradition intact and […]

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Did Anyone Really Think Westminster Could Stay Out Of Bannockburn 2014?

It was a tall order – expecting the United Kingdom government at Westminster to keep it’s political will out of the global celebration of the 700th anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn.  In retrospect, it may have been too much to hope for.  As we reported last week, the United Kingdom, with the invitation of […]

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