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Should there be a Clan Douglas Gathering in 2014?
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.
To view the entire press release and other information about 2014 Homecoming, visit the EventScotland.org website.
2014 is also the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, and the probable date of the referendum on Scottish independece.
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