Clan Donald Magazine No 11 (1987) Online
Editorial by Norman H MacDonald
We are pleased, to
present the eleventh number of our magazine after an interval of
three years, Magazine No 10 having been published in 1984.
Interest in Clan
Donald and the Clan Donald Societies continues in grow universally
and subscribing members of the latter, including the Clan Donald
Lands Trust, can now be counted in thousands rather than hundreds.
We have come a long
way since the first recorded evidence of a MacDonell Society
existing in Glasgow in 1794, its membership consisting of of some
seventy gentlemen whom Alasdair Ranaldson MacDonell, 15th Chief of
Glengarry endeavoured, in that year, to persuade to form the nucleus
of a Highland regiment then to be raised under his command and which
eventually became the Glengarry Fencibles (1794-1802). This was
followed a century later by the formation in 1889 in the same city
of the MacDonald Society which, having gone into abeyance was
reformed in 1894 and still flourishes today as The Clan Donald
Society of Glasgow. Next to be inaugurated was the Clan Donald
Society of Edinburgh in 1891 which has been active ever since
and is proud of the fact that it is the eldest continuing Clan
Donald Society in existence. In post war years CIan Donald
Societies have emerged in Australia and New Zealand, Canada and
the United States of America, England and Belgium, besides Scotland.
In 1971 after the death of the 7th Lord Macdonald, The Clan Donald
Lands Trust was formed and under its auspices The Clan Donald
Centre at Armadale, Sleat, in the Isle of Skye which
incorporates the Museum of the Isles, an audio-visual display, a
fine library, a Visitor Reception Centre and the former
Armadale Castle grounds.
The Editor wishes
to thank Mr. Donald M. Macdonald, President of the Clan Donald
Society of Edinburgh for the assistance he has given, particularly
in obtaining advertisements and those firms which have taken
advertising space for their contribution to the successful
publication of this eleventh number of the Magazine.
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