Welcome from the President

Welcome to the Clan Donald Society of Scotland to all those who are Donalds by descent or by marriage, wherever you are. A shared interest in heritage and history can be greatly beneficial to people and the sense of belonging to an extended family is important.

In 2010 the Clan Donald Society of the Highland and Islands was brought in to being, but, now that it is the only Clan Donald society in Scotland, it has been decided to change the name to be more inclusive.

Before the pandemic the Society had an annual programme of events, including a lecture, a ceilidh and commemorative events, as well as an annual outing to places of relevance to Clan Donald. We hope to reintroduce as much as possible when conditions permit, but the twice-yearly newsletter,  A’ Bhirlinn, continues to be sent to members in hard copy, so we still seek to communicate with members, to inform and to entertain, regardless of other obstacles. 

Lois MacDonell of Glengarry


Battle of Culloden Commemoration

Saturday 16 April

Procession from Culloden Visitor Centre to Main Cairn

Gaelic Society of Inverness ceremony and wreath laying at the Main Cairn

Clan Donald party departs via Jacobite line (for the first time in several years) to lay wreaths at Clan Donald markers and stones

Lunch at the Drumossie Hotel, which is formal and seated and for which booking is essential. 

Further details to follow.



Glencoe Commemoration

It is hoped to observe the annual commemoration of the Massacre of Glencoe on 13 February.
There will be a service in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Glencoe, at 11 am, led by the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles. Then people should gather at the Bridge of Carnoch for the procession to the memorial, where there will be a service of commemoration and laying of wreaths.
Afterwards there is an informal lunch at the Glencoe Inn.

Anyone wishing to attend the lunch should contact Ann McGhee on ahmcghee@btinternet.com or (UK) 07831196164.


Class talk to The 1745 Association


In this talk, Glen MacDonald tells the story behind The 1745 Association's two new plaques at Monkstadt House on the Isle of Skye.  In late June 1746, the fugitive Charles Edward Stuart landed on the Isle of Skye in the company of Flora MacDonald seeking refuge and support from the Chief of the Macdonalds of Skye and his wife at Monkstadt House. Glen, who managed and led the project to erect the plaques, tells the story of how this plan nearly went badly awry and provides a fascinating insight into the attitude and tortuously convoluted approach of the Skye chiefs towards the Rising.
Best wishes for a happy Christmas and a better New Year.
The Council

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