Crown and Clans

Crown and Clans

£300,000 pledged to launch biggest clan gathering since 1822

THE biggest gathering of the clans for almost 200 years was given the go-ahead today after securing vital enterprise, tourism and council backing.

Clan MacLeod names new chief

THE 30th chief of the clan MacLeod has been officially named as Hugh MacLeod, whose father, John MacLeod of MacLeod, died last month.

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Glencoe guilt 'led to death of Campbell'

THE Campbell who led the Glencoe Massacre died of his shame, according to a documentary on the 1692 atrocity.

To the manor born

EVER wondered whether your ancestors once lived in a splendid stately home or imposing castle? If so, you won't be alone in enjoying such a daydream – and if you have a Scottish surname in your family, then it might just be true.

Castles of the Clan MacDonald

THESE words, said in Scott's poem by King Robert the Bruce to Aonghas Óg MacDonald, chief of Clann Domnhaill, at the battle of Bannockburn, graphically describe the grandeur of the mighty chiefs of Clann Domnhaill.Domnhaill - or Clan MacDonald - ruled over much of western Scotland for almost 200 years.

Political foes divided by geography

THE antipathy between political foes Jack McConnell and Alex Salmond may run in the family - for their two clans have kept to opposite parts of the country for more than a century.

Family sentiments to inspire Mel Gibson

SCOTLAND'S clans are famed the world over for their tartans and traditions, but they have another, often overlooked but illuminating, symbol of their heritage.

Seven severed heads in a bloody clan war

DRIVE along the shores of Loch Oich - one of three lochs forming Scotland's Caledonian Canal - and you will find yourself amid some of the most spectacular Highland scenery imaginable. The view across the loch from the store in the village of Invergarry is breathtaking.

Hundreds pay tribute to clan chief

HUNDREDS of people gathered at St Giles’ Cathedral to remember the late chief of one of Scotland’s most ancient clans.

A nation left to its demons

BY 1603, Scotland had enjoyed the benefits of a long period of international peace, a peace made more secure as the King’s accession to the English throne grew ever more likely.

First step on the road to ruin for Scotland

FOR James Stuart, his succession to the Crowns of England and Ireland was a dynastic triumph. Given what he thought about the divine ordination of kingship, this was a God-given opportunity to effect a true union of all his kingdoms in peace and moderate religious toleration.

Living testaments to the faith which spread love of language

LOVE, it is said, covers a multitude of sins. Such a simple saying, and one now commonplace in our everyday parlance. But these poetic words did not originate from the pen of Shakespeare or Wordsworth - they fell straight out of the Bible.

An imperfect harmony

THE Union of 1603 was less complete than James wanted. His ambition was the marriage of England and Scotland: one king, one Church, one parliament, one state. To the English this was anathema. It was bad enough to have a foreigner as king, in total disregard of the will of great King Harry the Eighth - like Elizabeth more loved in retrospect than when alive. It would be worse, much worse, having to share the bed of state with one.

Crown and Clans

QUEEN Elizabeth of England breathed her last at Richmond Palace on March 24, 1603, and Sir Robert Carey leapt into the saddle with 400 miles and a relay of fast horses ahead of him. Splattered with mud and blood, he finally galloped up to the gates of Holyroodhouse. King James VI of Scotland stretched out his hand and the Englishman touched it with his lips. It was settled – one king for two crowns, uniting Scotland with England after centuries of hatred and warfare.

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ELIZABETH I (1533-1603)

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