Clan Event Fund Recipients Announced

Recipients of the Scottish Government’s Clan Event Fund were announced today, with over £26,000 in funding awarded to clan events as part of 2014 Homecoming Scotland celebrations.

Enterprise and Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing announced that all ten applicants to the fund have been offered grants to support the staging of clan events across the country. In October last year the £200,000 fund was put in place to provide support for activities promoting clan tourism outside of Edinburgh and Galsgow over the next three years. Such events are a major attraction to the hundreds of thousands from across the globe who visit Scotland to explore their ancestry.

The 2014 recipients are:

  • Clan Munro Association – 10th International Clan Munro Gathering.
    Foulis Castle, Evanton. Awarded £5000.
  • Clan Lachlan Gathering & Strathlachlan Community Festival.
    Castle Lachlan, Strathlachlan. Awarded £5000.
  • MacDougall of Dunollie Preservation Trust – Clan MacDougall International Gathering 2014.
    Dunollie House plus various local locations. Oban, Argyll. Awarded £5000.
  • Clan MacThomas Society – 2014 Diamond Jubilee Gathering.
    Perth and Kinross, Pitlochry/Glenshee/Kirkmichael. Awarded £1070.
  • Clan Gregor Society – International Clan Gregor Gathering 2014.
    Based at Stirling University then at Dalmally, Argyllshire. Awarded £1750.
  • Clan MacLaren – Clan MacLaren at the Lochearnhead Highland Games and Gathering.
    Balquhidder and Strathyre. Awarded £1000.
  • Clan Hay Society – Tartan Ties 2014.
    Stirling and Aberdeen. Awarded £2500.
  • Clan Lamont Society – Clan Lamont Family Fun Day.
    Toward Castle, Dunoon. Awarded £3000.
  • Clan Moffat UK – Clan Moffat International Gathering.
    Moffat. Awarded £1000.
  • Clan Donnachaidh – Society Gathering.
    Killiecrankie Hall, Pitlochry, and Clan Centre at Bruar. Awarded £1000.

Mr Ewing said he was delighted to announce the initial allocation of funding, saying clan events generate income and provide a colourful spectacle in communities where they take place. He said: “This is the year that Scotland gives a warm welcome to visitors from around the world as we showcase the history and traditions of Scottish Clans during our second year of Homecoming.”

“Not only will the Scottish Clan Event Fund help support activities during this year’s celebrations, but will also provide a legacy by supporting Clan events through to our planned Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017.”

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