Clan Donald News & Site Updates
7 July 2006 - A New Tartan for Ontario. Further details
6 July 2006 - An Heir in Antrim. The Chief of
the McDonnells of Antrim, The Right Honourable Alexander Randal Mark
McDonnell, the 9th Earl of Antrim and 14th Chief of the McDonnells
of Antrim, announces with pleasure the birth of a grandson,
Alexander David Somerled McDonnell, born on Friday, June 30, 2006 to
Lord Antrimĺs son and heir, The Rt. Hon. Randal McDonnell, The
Viscount Dunluce, and his wife, Aurora McDonnell, The Viscountess Dunluce.
15 Mar 06 - Pipe Major Roddy
MacDonald appointed as piper to the Governor of Queensland.
Further details here.
29 Dec 05 - Glencoe and Beyond by
Iain S. Macdonald. This excellent new book has been added to our
Clan Donald Amazon
26 Dec 05 - Death of Peter Paton,
Clan Donald Canada. In a very sad week for Clan Donald in
Canada, It is with deep regret that we report the death of Peter
Paton of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, past High Commissioner. Further
details are on the Canada Board on the Forum.
23 Dec 05 - Death of Bill Johnson,
Clan Donald Canada. It is with deep regret that we report the
death of Bill Johnson, past High Commissioner. Further details are on the Canada Board on
the Forum and in the Online Magazine
04 Dec 05 - Clan Donald USA AGM
2006. The Clan Donald USA 2006 AGM will be held in sunny San
Diego, California from 26 to 30 Jul 06.Further details on the Clan
Donald South Pacific Region website
15 Nov 05 - Lady Claire Macdonald
Honoured. Lady Claire Macdonald was presented with the Royal
Highland Agricultural Society's 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award on 3
November 2005. Further details are in the CDM Online Edition
15 Nov 05 - Rob McDonald Parker
Honoured. Rob McDonald Parker was presented with the Clan Donald
USA Distinguished Service Award on 24 September 2005. Further
details are in the CDM Online Edition
29 Oct 05 - The War Hero Clan Chief
by Julian Champkin. Following the publication of From
Dogfight to Diplomacy, the Daily Mail produced a 2 page spread
on the late Donald MacDonell of Glengarry which is reproduced
Oct 05 - Chiefs' Hosted Tour. Bookings are now being accepted
for the Clan Donald Chiefs' Hosted Tour of Skye and Uist from 7 to
15 June 2006. This will include the Gathering and Annual Clan Donald
Forum on Saturday 10 June 2006 at Armadale, Skye. Further details
and booking information can be found
14 Sep 05 - High Council Appoints a
Piper. The High Council of Clan Donald Chiefs have
appointed Archie McIntyre as their piper. Further details in the
Online Edition of the Magazine here.
19 Aug 05 - Clanranald Gathering at
Arisaig. Rod & Diane Allen's photos of the Clanranald Gathering
and Arisaig Games on 27 Jul 05 are available in the Clan Donald
Magazine Online Edition here.
3 Aug 05 -
From Dogfight to Diplomacy - A spitfire Pilot's Log 1932 - 1958. The memoirs of the late 22nd Chief
of Glengarry will be published on 20 October 2005 and can now be reserved at
our Clan Donald Amazon Bookshop.
Aug 05 - The Finlaggan Herald Installation at Glencoe.
The Hon. Adam Bruce,
our Finlaggan Herald is given the cover treatment in the August
issue of The
Leopard following the installation ceremony at Glencoe on 11
June 2005. See the
There are plenty of
other interesting articles on the website which are well worth a
27 Jul 05 Arisaig
Highland Games & Clanranald Gathering - Traigh Farm, Arisaig
Clanranald will be
Chief of the Games and will be accompanied by his Lieutenant, Lt Col
Rod Allen (Commissioner Clan Donald NC) and Diane Allen. There will
be a parade through the village before the games at 11:00 am and
there will be a Clan Donald tent. All clansmen and women,
particularly Clanranalds, are encouraged to attend this event and to
lend a hand at manning the tent.
The programme of events includes
Piping, Highland Dancing, Heavy competitions, Track and Field events
and childrenĺs races. There are both Open and Local competitions in
the Piping, Dancing and Track and Field events and all events are
free to enter. There will be the usual side-shows, licensed bar and
food stalls surrounding the arena.
The Games field is
situated at Traigh Farm, about 3 miles west of Arisaig village.
Traigh, with its white sands, is part of the old district of South
Morar and rests amid some of the most glorious scenery of the west
From the games field
there is a panoramic view which takes in the Point of Arisaig with
the Islands of Eigg, Rum and Skye to the west. As your gaze travels
to the north, you will see the hills of North Morar guarding Loch
Morar below and as you continue north eastward, the Mointeach Mh˛r
lies under the watchful presence of Craig Mh˛r, Sgurr an t-
Sasunaich and Sgurr an Albanaich. To the south west, Arisaig village
nestles at the head of Loch na Ceall.
21 Jul 05 From The Ottawa
Kayleigh Macdonald is just back from Antigonish, N.S., after
having picked up another trophy for her prowess in highland
15-year-old Ottawa student picked up an award in her age
group at the Canadian Highland Dancing Championships which
had close to 1,000 dancers participating from across Canada.
"I got a
trophy that I have to give back after the year's up, but you
(also) receive a keeper trophy of a glass bowl and a sword,"
said Kayleigh, a Grade 9 student at Hillcrest High School.
Next up for
her is the world highland dancing championships in Cowal,
Scotland, to which she'll travel with her mother, Gillian.
The Aug. 25-27 event is the largest and most spectacular
highland games in the world, attracting more than 3,500
Kayleigh is a
veteran highland dancer who has been performing since she
was 21/2 years old, picking up several awards along the
highland dancing big time," she said resting at home after
arriving Monday night from the national competition.
She said she
receives training from her mother and her aunt.
think highland dancing is a really big thing in the world
just yet, so I'm not sure about a career, but I definitely
will pursue it as I get older.
probably teach (dancing), but I don't think I will make it
the big career that I want."
Bruce Macdonald, T˛iseach, Council of Finlaggan.
26 Jun 05 -
Clan Donald USA 2005 AGM
Details of the Clan Donald USA 2005 AGM
at Clarksville, Indiana from 21 - 25 Sep 05 are now available on the
Clan Donald USA site at
26 Jun 05
- Finlaggan Pursuivant Pictures
Heraldry Society of
Scotland have put a small picture gallery of the Installation of
Adam Bruce as the Finlaggan Pursuivant at Glencoe on 11 June 2005 on
Heraldry have an article with pictures
Jun 05 - Clan Donald Chiefs' Gathering
Link to Grampian TV's coverage of the Chiefs' Gathering in
Glencoe on Saturday 11 June 2005 with playable video clips. Text,
Picture and WMV file below from
Grampian TV's North Tonight:
Highland Tradition Resurrected
Highland tradition was resurrected at the weekend in Glencoe
in front of a hundred MacDonald clansmen. The great and the
good of Highland society gathered for a colourful ceremony
mark the installation of the first clan herald in five
pageantry in Glen Coe to mark the recreation of an ancient
and celebrated position. In front of a hundred kinsmen at
the memorial to the massacred MacDonalds, thirty-seven year
old Edinburgh solicitor Adam Bruce was sworn in as the
As part of
the induction he was baptised with wine and took some solemn
oaths pledging allegiance to the Clan Chief. So what does
the role entail ? The Ross Herald to the Court of Lord Lyon
King of Arms explained.
including Rob Roy and Braveheart have created a resurgence
of interest in Highland culture, and the Pursuivant denies
his role is purely ceremonial and frivolous. Scotland's
pursuivants have never gathered together but it's hoped that
all four will parade when a special International Heraldic
Congress is held in St Andrews in August next year. The
weekend's ceremony has ensured that a centuries old Highland
tradition continues to go from strength to strength.
View WMV file of the
coverage. (Requires Windows Media Player).