Douglas

The 2014 Clan Douglas Gathering will be held in Scotland during the week 30th June – 6th July 2014. All Douglases are invited, of whatever branch, spelling or sept.

The Gathering will include a week long programme of events and activities, with options to include your own arrangements.

Aberdour
James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, held the castle in the 16th century. He was implicated in the murder of Rizzio, the Secretary of Mary, Queen of Scots. Visit this castle on ??? July 2014.

Bothwell
Bothwell Castle is one of the outstanding monuments of medieval Scotland which came into Douglas hands in the 14th century. Visit this castle on ??? July 2014.

Lochleven
Mary Queen of Scots first visited in 1561 as a guest of the owner, Sir William Douglas. But her last stay, in 1567–8, was as his prisoner. Visit this castle on ??? July 2014.

Tantallon
Tantallon was the last truly great castle built in Scotland. In the 1380s it passed to the Douglas junior line, the ‘Red Douglases’, Earls of Angus. Visit this castle on ??? July 2014.

See http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/gathering/ for up to date info.

See the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DouglasClanGathering and also the website: www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/Gathering/index.htm.

Clan Douglas march up the High Street in Edinburgh during the 2009 Gathering.

Clan Douglas march up the High Street in Edinburgh during the 2009 Gathering.

What they say on their site:

“EventScotland has announced the early details of the funding opportunities to create Scotland’s Homecoming celebrations in 2014. This announcement was made at the Scottish Tourism Week conference and included plans to make £3 Million available to support a wide range of Homecoming 2014 events.

The Homecoming Scotland 2014 events program will be themed around ancestry and the Scottish Government’s Years of Focus (food and drink, active, creative and natural). Making the announcement, Fergus Ewing, MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism said “In 2014 Scotland will welcome the world as we stage two of the biggest sporting events – The Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup. This momentous year also sees Scotland’s next year of Homecoming, giving people even more reason to be in Scotland and to extend their stay”.

This is great news for the Scottish diaspora as it makes it more likely that 2014 will again be a year of Homecoming festivities in Scotland.

A call for funding applications to event owners and organisers will be made in the summer, when full criteria and guidelines will be launched.

This is an opportunity for Clan Douglas to have a Scottish Gathering – the first ever. It might be an opportunity to launch a Clan Douglas Heritage Trust, to enable us to promote and advance the education of the public in the history, traditions and music of the Clan Douglas. It would seek to preserve and make widely known the enormous contribution that members of the Clan Douglas have made, and are still making, in politics, medicine, literature, music, sport, exploration and other forms of scientific endeavour, military campaigns and many other fields. It would ensure that their achievements are not forgotten, not only through the printed word but also through the preservation of manuscripts, artefacts, buildings and other tangible links. It also promotes the continuing contribution of Douglases in these areas.

Please let me know your views on a Clan Douglas Gathering, and what you would like to see happening at such an event.

Events and activities in Gathering Week

A suggested programme might involve castle visits, historic talks, a ceilidh and a gathering day. “