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Clan Douglas Gathering - 2014


Clan Douglas Gathering - 2014

Plans are in hand to hold a Clan Douglas Gathering in Scotland in 2014.

The Gathering will be was held 30th June - 6th July 2014, following the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn

A range of activities are proposed. We welcome suggestions as the what and where these might be. Until numbers are known, events and activities cannot be firmed up, but there will include castle visits and opportunities to meet senior Douglas leaders (We have no Chief!).

This group has been established to enable ideas to be discussed, dates to be set, and an organising committee to be established.

So let us know what you think!

Location: Scotland
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Douglas Clan Gathering in 2014

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 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. A daily programme of visits to castles, etc, has now been announced, but we still have to decide what evening events should happen.

2014 is also the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, and the probable date of the referendum on Scottish independece.

Discussion Forum

Clan Heraldry: What you can and can’t wear and display.

Started by William Douglas. Last reply by William Douglas Jun 23, 2013. 4 Replies

Coming to Scotland in 2014? Attending the Clan Gathering? Want to get it right? Well aware that feathers may be ruffled and noses out-jointed, Dr Bruce Durie, Shenachie to the Chief of Durie, offers…Continue

Tags: herladry, gathering

Douglas Clan Gathering 2014

Started by DARLENE HUGHES. Last reply by William Douglas Jun 15, 2013. 3 Replies

William,I think it is a wonderful idea, I am hoping to attend with bells on as we say, The last ones photos looked brilliant thoroughly enjoyed themDarlene Hughes Continue

Where and when?

Started by William Douglas. Last reply by William Douglas Jan 27, 2013. 11 Replies

Stirling Council and partners are building an exciting programme of events as 2014 – the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn and Scotland’s second Year of Homecoming - approaches.…Continue

Tags: venue, Bannockburn, Stirling

clan gathering. Dr.Francis Douglas.PhD.

Started by Francis Douglas. Last reply by Francis Douglas Jul 31, 2012. 5 Replies

I will make the trip.Please keep us informedContinue

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Comment by William Douglas on June 26, 2013 at 23:05

If you can only make one day, make it the Saturday at Drumlanrig for the Clan Muster.

Comment by Ronnie Drysdale on June 26, 2013 at 21:43

Iam not sure if I can go to the Clan Gathering next year,but I will try.

It is not that far from Paisley.I will know nearer the time,best wishes to everyone.

Ronnie Drysdale

Comment by Bente Bernhardsen on June 26, 2013 at 21:19

I also have the opportunity to come and it has been incredibly nice to be there. It's not so far from Norway, so I'll keep myself updated.
I do not have so many threads with my Mary Douglas b 1766 to 1836 and David Hastings snr yet, but I hope I can find out more gradually :-)


Comment by William Douglas on April 17, 2013 at 9:39

Dumfries will probably not be on the list, but Drumlanrig, which is nearby will be. Dumfries and Castle Douglas are certainly worth visiting.  If there are enough interested we could put together an itinerary for a group visit.

Update 26 June 2013:  I have included Lincluden (in Dumfries) and Threave Castle in the itinery.

Comment by Tammie Arundell Foster on April 17, 2013 at 7:23

opps sorry.... 2014 is one year short of 200years of my Douglass family coming to Australia as a Convict from Dumfries.

Comment by Tammie Arundell Foster on April 17, 2013 at 0:06

I will be attending  clan gathering 2014, and cant wait to get to Scotland. Could you please tell me if  Dumfries on the list of places to go and see.  2014 i one year short of my Douglass family coming to Australia as a Convict from Dumfries.....See you all there 

Comment by Ann Katherine Douglas on February 19, 2013 at 11:01

Yes I'd be interested in attending a clan gathering :)

Comment by William Douglas on November 19, 2012 at 18:44

Plans for the 2014 Clan Douglas Gathering are still on hold as we wait for clarification as to what is planned at a national level.

Latest news can be found here:

Comment by William Douglas on November 8, 2012 at 12:38

Bannockburn 700th – Saturday 21 June, 2014

This Pipefest does not look like a firm date yet, but something for us to consider before choosing our Gathering dates.

Comment by Mark Thaddeus Douglas on November 3, 2012 at 17:58

William and others,

The possibility of attending a Douglas clan gathering certainly appeals to me. My thoughts so far:

I'd be excited to attend, because, 1) I've never been to Scotland, 2) the last Douglas from my family to visit was my grandfather in 1918, 3) great uncles and a grandfather are buried in both France and England and, other than caretakers, no one has visited their graves since the 1920s. It would be a good opportunity to include these sites in a larger trip. 4) I expect such a once in a lifetime gathering would be memorable, friendly and fun!

What concerns me is, 1) I don't have any obvious ties. I descend through Douglas's that came to Quebec after the British conquest and I have no understanding of exactly who they were or where they were from - so what is my connection to other Douglas's?, 2) It's already expensive to come from Western North America to Scotland, and during a special event year like 2014, it would probably cost even more. (Even though item 4 above.)

I'll definitely keep paying attention, though.

Mark Douglas

Vancouver, Canada


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