Welcome from the President

Welcome to the Clan Donald Society of the Highlands and Islands, which has now been in existence for more than 6 years.

There are a number of events, which the Society organises each year: the Academic Lecture in January, the Annual General Meeting in May, the Annual Outing in September, and the Annual Ceilidh in December.

The Society also participates in other events: the commemoration of the Massacre of Glencoe in February, the Inverness Highland Games in July, and the Glenfinnan Gathering in August. It is also well represented at the commemoration of the Battle of Culloden in April, where, following the ceremony at the Main Cairn, there is wreath laying at the Clan Donald stones and then the Culloden Lunch, all organised by Lois MacDonell of Glengarry.

The Society produces two hard-copy Newsletters - illustrated in colour - each year, which contain articles of historical interest, reports of events, and news items, as well as future diary dates. Contributions from members are most welcome. The Society sends the Newsletters out to members in twelve countries world-wide. So, even if you can't participate in events, you will be kept informed of what is happening. The Newsletters do not go on the website until they have been superseded by the next edition. Other information which comes through in between can be found on the Society's website.

We, in the Society, invite Macdonalds and people of Macdonald ancestry to join the Society and participate in as many of these events as possible.

I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the year.