Come see us at the Salado Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games

If you want to see the clans, watch some Highland athletics and hear some great music be sure to stop by the Salado Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games this weekend! Representatives from the Clan MacLeod Society, USA will be at the festival this weekend to meet our members and recruit new MacLeods. Be sure to stop by the tent to say hello and get your membership information.

Hope to see you this weekend. Hold Fast!

Come see us at the Arkansas Scottish Festival

If you want to see the clans, watch some Highland dancing and hear some great music be sure to stop by the Arkansas Scottish Festival in Batesville, AR! We have very generous volunteer representing from the Clan MacLeod Society, USA  at the festival this weekend. Be sure to stop by the tent to thank him for helping out.

Hope to see you this weekend. Hold Fast!

Worldwide Clan MacLeod Parliament dates for 2018

Recently announced at the winter meeting, the NRG service project for MacLeods age 18-29 is 15-20 July 2018, with the clan worldwide gathering for Parliament 21-28 July 2018 in the village of Dunvegan, Isle of Skye Scotland.

Come see us at the Salado Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games

scgahggraphic-768x681If you want to see the clans, watch some Highland athletics and hear some great music be sure to stop by the Salado Scottish Clan Gathering & Highland Games on November 12th & 13th! Representatives from the Clan MacLeod Society, USA will be at the festival next weekend to meet our members and recruit new MacLeods. Be sure to stop by the tent to say hello and get your membership information.

If you miss us at the games please remember that you can sign up to be a member anytime at the clan website using PayPal. https://clanmacleodusa.org/Join.html

Hope to see you soon. Hold Fast!

Would you like to fly away to Skye?

800px-chilean_dhc-6_twin_otter_in_flight_1990Councillors on the Isle of Skye and Raasay recently approved a proposal to reopen the Broadford airstrip on Skye to small passenger planes from Glasgow. The proposal will now be sent to the Highland Council for a decision. If approved, flights between Glasgow and Skye could start in roughly 2 years….just about time for MacLeod Parliament! Read the full story here.

For more information on 2018 Clan MacLeod Parliament click here.

Help save the Salado Games!

CTAM-Header-CroppedAs some of you may know the Central Texas Area Museum, host of the oldest Highland Games & clan gathering in Texas, the Salado Highland Games, is having financial trouble. According to their GoFundMe page they have “an immediate need for additional funds to extend Museum operations until the Scottish Gathering and Games, which will be held November 11-13, in Salado. Plans are underway to avoid future financial crisis, but we need your help to survive until we can enact those plans.” Without the support of the community and Highland games enthusiasts the museum, and games may not survive. If you are looking for a charity to donate to, please visit their GoFundMe page and consider donating today. Click HERE to donate.

Isle of Harris

Just to the northwest of the Isle of Skye is another island with deep MacLeod history. The Isle of Harris along with its conjoined twin, the Isle of Lewis, are believed to have become MacLeod territory in the mid-13th century; under the leadership of clan founder Leod. Harris is separated from Lewis by a mountain range, and makes up the southern part of the island. Today the Isle of Harris is best known for its signature product, Harris Tweed. In order for a fabric to be called Harris Tweed it must be made of new wool that has been dyed prior to being spun into yarn. The yarn must be spun in the Outer Hebrides, and the cloth must be woven in the home of crofters from the Isle.Click here to see a great video about how the cloth is made.

Aside from tweed, Harris is popular tourist destination with amazing beaches and beautiful scenery. The following video shows some highlights from the island.

If you are interested in seeing more of the island in person, the pre-Parliament trip for the 2018 MacLeod gathering will be to the Island of Harris and Lewis!

Burns Night 2016

K and I attended the San Antonio Scottish Society Burns Night Dinner last night. It was in honor of the 257th anniversary of the poet Robert Burns’ birthday, the 25th of January. It became a tradition after his early death for his friends to meet at dinner in celebration of his life on his birthday, which spread along with Burns’ fame to become a Scottish tradition around the world.

Performances by the San Antonio Pipe Band, Bluebonnet Scottish Country Dancers, and Highland dancers framed a dinner with Haggis, which is almost always initiated by a recitation of Burn’s “Ode to a Haggis”. The Rt Hon Viscount Dunrossil, Honorary Consul of the United Kingdom,  rendered his oratorical services yet again for this particular gathering.

If you have never attended a Burns Night, the one hosted by the San Antonio Scottish society has a mixture of what you might have seen at a formal Ceilidh, and elements you may recognize from a military dining-in or mess night, if you have been in the Service of the US or Commonwealth countries. A traditional program will also include: A reading of ‘The Selkirk Grace’

Some Folk hae meat that canna eat,
And some can eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
So let the Lord be Thanket!

then The Haggis is piped in or around the banquet hall, then the Address to the Haggis, and a toast to the Haggis. A meal follows, usually containing a course of Haggis. Entertainment is usually interspersed with ‘The Immortal Memory’, ‘The Toast to the Lassies’, ‘The Reply to the Lassies’, and almost universally concludes with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne”

 

While some wore formal black-tie highland attire, other were comfortable in clothing suitable for dining at a restaurant–Don’t let a lack of sartorial highland splendor stop you from seeking out your local Burns Night next year! Dallas, Lubbock, Houston, San Antonio, Victoria, Austin, and many other cities and metro areas have Burns Nights– Though to get the maximum results, you may want to google “Burns Nicht”, the scots spelling of the event.

 

Salado Highland Games

Last weekend was the Salado TX Highland games, held back on the original park location for the first time in several years. Due to some untimely illness, the MacLeod participation was lighter than usual, but a win by Scott MacLeod in the pro piping division and a visit from the CMS USA President Weedon Nichols were highlights of the games that were otherwise overcast with questionable weather.

In viewing some of the attire and heraldry on display at some other tents, I thought it might be useful to link the scots view of such things: http://www.clans2014.com/clan-heraldry-what-you-can-and-cant-wear-and-display/