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MACFARLANE CLAN TOUR
JUNE 28 - JULY 5, 2022
Day 1 Explore the Lennox Lands of Dumbarton, Glasgow & Inchmurrin Island – June 28
Welcome to Scotland! Meet your guide Andrea Middleton. This day starts with a tour of the City of Glasgow which holds more than 2000 years of history and culture. Enjoy an overview of the city as we start to unlock your ancestors, friends and foes of times gone by. We will explore the medieval side of Glasgow where the city evolved from. The cathedral is one of Scotland’s most magnificent medieval buildings, the only one on mainland Scotland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact. The location of the cathedral is also close to where the Battle of Glasgow Muir took place on 16 March,1544. Donnchadh Mac Pharlain of Mac Pharlain, was a steady supporter of Matthew Steward, 4th Earl of Lennox and lead three hundred of his men, to join Lennox and Glencairn in the battle. They were narrowly defeated. The Mac Pharlains were affected by the forfeitures that followed, though were saved by their very powerful friends, and the chief obtained a remission for his lands. The nearby Bishops Castle held by the men of the Earl of Lennox, was cleared for the building of the Royal Infirmary. A stone marking the site of the castle is in the grounds of the infirmary. The crypt of the cathedral does house some of the original castle stones.
We continue to Dumbarton Castle impressively situated on a volcanic rock overlooking the Firth of Clyde. Dumbarton Rock is everything one imagines a mighty Dark-Age stronghold to have been. The volcanic rock rises up almost sheer from the murky waters that swirl around its base, and from its twin peaks – White Tower Crag and the Beak – you can see for miles. In 1305, during the Wars of Independence with England, William Wallace was held prisoner here for a short time, before being taken to London for execution. In 1425 the castle was attacked by James the Fat, youngest son of Murdoch Stewart, Duke of Albany & Isabella of Lennox who had been imprisoned by King James I of Scotland on charges of treason. James the Fat became a rallying point for enemies of the King and raised a rebellion against the crown. He marched on the town of Dumbarton and burned it but was unable to take the castle. The castle was captured by the Earl of Lennox in 1514 in the wake of the Battle of Flodden, where the 11th MacFarlane chief and many clansmen were killed.
We continue to Loch Lomond for a short ferry ride over to Inchmurrin Island the largest island on Loch Lomond. At the southwest tip of the Inchmurrin island are the ruins of the 14th century castle built by Duncan the Eighth Earl of Lennox. The castle is recorded as having been completed by 1393 and the Earls of Lennox took up residence in the 14th century when they moved from their castle in Balloch during the plague. There was a seventh century monastery on the island but this has never stopped the island from providing the backdrop for many notable murders. Iain Colquhoun died here at the hand of robbers in 1417 and twenty-two years later Sir John Colquhoun of Luss was murdered by the raiding Lachlan MacLean. King Robert the I is believed to have been given refuge here by the Fifth Earl of Lennox after his defeat by the MacDougalls of Lorne. Isabella, countess of Albany and the daughter of the Eighth earl of Lennox was exiled here after her husband, father and two sons were all executed on the same day at Stirling by King James I. She lived at the castle for the rest of her life and died on the island in 1460 after which the castle was abandoned.
Enjoy afternoon tea before we head out to your Loch Lomond accommodation. Rest of day at leisure.
Overnight Loch Lomond – Cameron House (B, AT, D)
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Diaspora - 3 October 2021 - The Scottish Banner
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OUR PROPOSED BYLAW REVISIONS NEED YOUR REVIEW!
In 2020, the Board of Directors of Clan MacFarlane Worldwide (CMW) embarked on the mission of reviewing/revisiting our existing CMW Bylaws. This was done in an effort to "stay with the times" and keep in alignment with current legal statutes.
A preliminary vote was taken earlier this year to ratify changes to section 14; the change was approved in July 2021. In early 2022, the CMW Board of Directors will be asking members to vote on whether they agree with the remainder of the proposed changes, which addresses all other sections of the bylaws.
In preparation for this vote, members are being asked to provide their feedback on the proposed bylaw changes. Members will have an opportunity to do this until November 15/2021 by sending their comments to:
At the end of November, the CMW board of directors will take all comments into consideration and if necessary, a revised version of the proposed bylaw changes will be issued in early December 2021. A SURVEY MONKEY vote will follow, where all CMW members will be asked to vote for/against adoption of the proposed bylaw changes.
To assist with member review of the proposed changes, three documents are attached for member perusal. In order to access the amendments, log in with your ID and password. Then click on the title of this article, and the attachments will show at the bottom.
The first document CURRENT and PROPOSED CMW BYLAWS - COMPARISON - FOR MEMBERSHIP REVIEW V1.6. is a comparison between the existing and proposed bylaws, with proposed changes highlighted in red on the right. The second document is the CURRENT CMW BYLAWS as of July 14, 2021. The third document is a copy of the PROPOSED BYLAWS.
When you look at the comparison document, PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: Some sections of the proposed/amended bylaws have been renumbered. As such, it might appear like entire sections of the existing bylaws have been removed. This is not the case. and if you look for the existing bylaw section number and caption in the left hand column of the comparison document, you will find it and see how it aligns with the revisions on the right.
Thank you in advance for your participation in this process.