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RIP Ian Macdonald, PhD, (1942-2017)

We very much regret to report that The President of Clan Donald of the Highlands and Islands, Dr Ian Macdonald, passed away in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness on Friday, 17th March, 2017. He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. Condolences to his brother, other family members and friends. His funeral will be held on Friday 31st March at 12.00 noon at Inverness Crematorium.

Although Ian Macdonald’s PhD was in Chemistry, which he taught  in Fortrose Academy for many years, many assumed that it was in Scottish History, because of the depth and breadth of his knowledge. In particular, he could recall dates, such as those of battles and births and deaths of monarchs, without fail. He served the Society well as President, was extremely dependable and always obliging, without  any prevarication. Clan Donald has lost a true clansman who has given good service. May he rest in peace.

Mission Statement

To create a focus for people who belong to Scotland’s largest clan, which includes the Macdonalds of Sleat and of Clanranald;  the MacDonells/Macdonalds of Glengarry and of Keppoch;  the MacIains/Macdonalds of Glencoe; the MacIains of Ardnamurchan and the Macdonnells of Antrim.

Enquiries about any of the events below should be directed to the Secretary at contact@clandonald.org

Forthcoming Events 2017

Saturday 15th April Commemoration of the Battle of Culloden. 11am Gaelic Society of Inverness Service at the Main Cairn, followed by laying of wreaths at Clan Donald Stones and a lunch at the Drumossie Hotel. Further details can be found here

A Culloden Commemoration Music Evening in the Chieftain Hotel on Millburn Road, 8pm. Live Scottish music, dancing and a fairly dazzling spectacle of 18th Century costume worn by many attendees! (Although dressing as a member of Bonnie Prince Charlie's army or its camp followers is not necessary to attend!)

Thursday 4th May AGM, 7.30pm Seaforth Lodge, Station Square, Fortrose IV10 8SZ. All welcome.

23rd June - 12th November - Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland - The Jacobite challenge

Discover the story of the Jacobites and Prince Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, through key objects from the national collection.

Saturday 15th July Inverness Highland Games and Gala. 5pm (tea) for 5.30pm AGM of the Association of Highland Clans and Societies.

Wednesday 26th July Arisaig Highland Games and Clan Ranald Gathering. 12noon.

Saturday 19th August Glenfinnan Gathering and Highland Games. 11.30am.

4th to 26th August Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Click here for flyer. 

Saturday 5th August Lord Macdonald's night 10.30pm

Saturday 26th August Clan Ranald's night 10.30pm

Monday September 18th to Thursday 21st Society Outing to Islay - to register interest please contact Chas MacDonald on busychas@btinternet.com or 07851 723606 Click here for the full details that can be printed.

2nd December Annual Ceilidh in Munlochy hall, Ross-shire 7.30 - 11.30pm.

Forthcoming Events 2018

Monday 5th February - at 3pm at the Culloden Battlefield Centre. NTS Highland Members Centre talk by Dr Elizabeth Ritchie – ‘The Adventures of Flora MacDonald from Skye to the Americas and back again’

Recent Events

Saturday 18th March The Annual Lecture took place at the the Spectrum Centre, Farraline Park, Inverness. Speaker - the Lord Lyon. From 14th to 21st Century! A video of the lecture can be viewed, courtesy of Chas Mac Donald, by clicking here.  A photograph of Dr. Morrow, Lord Lyon, taken during the question and answer session is at the foot of the page.

Monday 13th February - Commemoration of the Massacre of Glencoe. The Service at 11am in St Mary's Church, was followed, at 12 noon, with a march to the memorial and a ceremony of wreath laying.

Saturday 3rd December Our annual Clan Donald Ceilidh took place in the Munlochy Hall, Ross-shire and a good time was had by all.

Friday 30th September Society's Annual Outing took place in Glencoe.

Saturday 16th July The Society was represented at the Inverness Highland Games.

Friday 3rd June 2016 Donald MacDonald Quaich (Piping competition), Clan Donald Skye. 7pm

Saturday 4th June 2016 Friends of Clan Donald Skye meeting, Armadale Castle. 4pm

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