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High Council Meeting in Glencoe

Posted: 15 Jul 2002 4:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Dear All:

This was from another list and refers to
an important event.

Best Regards
John A Hansen

Clan revives ancient traditions

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk...000/1379661.stm

The clan is meeting at Glencoe

Clan chiefs attempting to reinstate an ancient tradition are
gathering in the Scottish Highlands. The High Council of the
Clan Donald met regularly in the 15th Century to discuss issues
of importance.

And the body is meeting in the Highlands on Saturday in what
chiefs hope will become a regular event.

Five chiefs and more than 70 clansmen and women from all over
the world were expected to attend the gathering at Glencoe.

It is hoped that this tradition will be re-established, with a
series of bi-annual meetings already planned

Rob McDonald Parker Saturday's events were to begin with a
grand march to the Glencoe Monument, followed by a meeting
at Glencoe Village Hall.

The high council is made up of clan chiefs Lord Macdonald of
Macdonald, MacDonald of Clanranald, MacDonell of Glengarry,
Macdonald of Sleat and MacDonnell of Antrim.

Clansmen and women are also coming from Australia, Canada,
New Zealand, USA, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Holland
and France to discuss the future development of the movement.

Rob McDonald Parker, advisor to the High Council, said: "In the
15th century, when the Clan Donald was at its zenith, the High
Council met regularly with other clansmen to discuss important
business.

"It is hoped that this tradition will be re-established, with a series
of bi-annual meetings already planned for locations throughout
Scotland and Northern Ireland."

Annual event

The events planned for the five-day gathering include a sail in the
Highland Galley 'Aileach' and excursions to Castle Tioram,
Glenfinnan, Invergarry and Iona.

The current High Council was formed in 1971 by clan chiefs who
made their first act the creation of a lands trust.

This organisation now protects 20,000 acres of clan land as well
as running a library, museum and study centre.

In 1999 it was decided to hold a High Council meeting on Islay to
celebrate the new millennium.

It proved such a success, attracting three chiefs and clan
members from across the world, that it was agreed to establish
an annual event.

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