Welcome to Clan MacFarlane Worldwide!
If you're like the rest of us you have no doubt found yourself pondering your heritage. Maybe your interest was nurtured as a child or maybe it was just discovered. Either way, we're glad your interest has led you here and we invite you to become part of our worldwide, yet tight, community. Our goals are to educate, share, and take pride in our heritage.
We are MacFarlanes of all spelling variations, McGaws, Spruells, Robbs, Millers, Websters, Weavers, Blacks and many others. Together we form a organization that's kept by the strongest of bonds... family. We answer to the call Loch Sloy, we carry the arms of our forefathers, we preserve the heritage that is so uniquely yours and ours.
It is with your support that the heritage of Clan MacFarlane will continue to thrive for another 800 years. Please join today.
Clan MacFarlane Worldwide, Inc. Annual Membership Meeting
April 27, 2019 2:00 PM in the CMW Tent in Woodland, California
- Welcome and Call to Order/President’s Report – Laurie McFarland Jackson
- Treasurers Report – Treasurer Chuck Poland
- Membership Report – Sandy McFarland Morgan
- Genealogy Report - Genealogist Mary Helen Haines
- Elections Report – Christina McFarland Helms
- Publications Report – Marie Robb
- Merchandise Report – Wil Goldstein
- Internet Committee (website, Facebook) – Preston McFarland
- Heritage – Preston McFarland
- Games and Gatherings - Bill Lennox
- New Business
- AMM locations 2020 and 2021 **
- Scotland 2020 Trip – Laurie
- Flowers of the Forest
** Suggestions from the CMW Board are described, below (Recommendations can also be taken from the floor during the AMM.):
- Stone Mt, Georgia http://www.smhg.org/ Located in the Northeast suburbs of Atlanta GA. It is held mid-October. On Saturday and Sunday, the meadows and meandering tree-lined paths will be transformed into the impressive mix of sights and sounds of a Scottish Highland Games presented in a uniquely southern style. CMW has not been in this location for almost a decade. We have many members in the south.
- Livonia, Michigan https://highlandgames.com/ First weekend of August. Fly into Detroit. Plenty of hotels just a couple of blocks away. Friday ceilidh, Saturday Games with everything. Our Canadian friends can make it, centrally located, oldest continuous game in the U.S. This is a favorite game for Elliott Macfarlane. He has his MacFarlane Co. tent set up there, and he said he would be happy to assist. Elliott also suggested, “The grounds are big and we can put up a tent or maybe use a building.” Our Jenna and Andrew McFarland (with son, Windom) host our tent at these games.
Previous AMM Locations include 2x Estes Park, Colorado, 1x Stone Mountain, Georgia. 2x California (Pleasanton and Woodland), 1x Scotland, 1x Tennessee, 1x Fergus, Canada
Clan MacFarlane Worldwide 2019 AMM Information
Where: Woodland, California for the Woodland Celtic Games http://woodlandcelticgames.org/
For info about Woodland see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodland,_California. Also see: https://www.pinterest.com/cowparksnrec/historic-woodland/. Since the late 1960s, there has been a greater interest in preserving the town's historic buildings, and an impressive number of them have been restored for use as homes, offices, stores and museums. It is well worth a few minutes to drive a few key streets off historic main street to see these beautifully maintained homes. For info about Sacramento see https://www.visitsacramento.com/things-to-do/. (there is Old Town, a refurbished gold rush-era district, a train museum, auto museum, active arts scene, wonderful restaurants, etc.)
When: April 27-28, 2019This is a medium-sized two day game.
If there are travelers that would want to come in early you could visit the McFarland Living History Ranch in Galt, CA, http://mcfarlandranch.org/ which would be about a 45 minute drive away.
Transportation: Sacramento International Airport(It is a 16-minute drive from the Sacramento International Airport to Woodland.) Some of the hotels, listed below, have free airport shuttles.
Once you get to town, we can organize carpools, etc. No one will be left out of anything as long as you communicate your location and needs. ****
Lodging Suggestions:Please make your reservations ASAP to ensure you get a room… this is a small town and hotels fill up quickly. It would be better to make a reservation and then cancel it if necessary, then wait and not get in.
Holiday Inn Express 2070 Freeway Drive, Woodland, CA
Hampton Inn and Suites 2060 Freeway Drive, Woodland, CA
Fairfield Inn and Suites (Marriott) 2730 El Centro Road, Sacramento, CA
Best Western Shadow Inn 584 N East Street, Woodland (This is the host hotel for this Caledonian Club event… not for CMW… we are not designating a host hotel.)
There is limited RV parking at the Yolo County Fairgrounds. My instructions have been to watch the website in early January for directions for making reservations.
Weather:The average low temperatures in April are 40s to 50s, and the average high temperatures are 70s-80s… usually pleasant spring weather.
Annual Membership Meetingwill be held Saturday at 2:00 PM at the clan tent at the Game.
Like many clans, Clan MacFarlane has a gathering tune. These tunes are typically called a "pibroch" and are derived from the Gaelic word Pìobaireachd. The pibroch would be played at special events or when the Chief wanted to summon the clan.
The Pìobaireachd of Clan MacFarlane, known as "Thogail nam Bo", "To Lift the Cattle", is an ancient tune that was nearly lost with history. Penned in the early 1500's by the clan's twelfth Chief, "Andrew the Wizard", it was saved from extinction in the late 1800's.
"Mr Robert Macfarlan, Writer, Dumbarton is due the credit of rescuing the music from the oblivion into which it had almost fallen. Mr. Macfarlan after having made enquiries in many directions was recommended by that venerable and patriotic Highlander, Mr. Duncan Whyte, to approach Mr. Donald Leitch, Pilot of the Steamer Iona, and his brother John both excellent pipers. Having found these gentlemen knew the tune, Mr. Macfarlan arranged several meetings with them, at which the ground work of the tune after having been played over and over again, was recorded by Mr. J.W. Anderson, Student, Dumbarton a gentleman with a competent knowledge of pipe music. He was assisted by Mr. Hugh M`ln dewar, also a piper, who himself once knew the tune but had partly forgotten it. This was done to the satisfaction of several competent jurors in whom it is impossible not to have confidence. Mr. John Leitch from whose playing the music was principally taken, learned the tune from his father and grandfather and the grandfather had it from an old shoemaker who was his first employer." The Celtic Monthly No. 1 Vol 3
Sir Walter Scott, friend of the 20th Chief, Walter MacFarlane, gives us the words to the tune in his work The Waverley Novels.
"The Clan of Mac-Farlane, occupying the fastnesses of the western side of Loch Lomond, were great depredators on the Low Country; and as their' excursions were made usually by night, the moon was proverbially called their lantern. Their celebrated pibroch of Hoggil nam Bo, which is the name of their gathering tune, intimates similar practices, —the sense being —
We are bound to drive the bullocks,
All by hollows, hirsts, and hillocks,
Through the sleet, and through the rain.
When the moon is beaming low
On frozen lake and hills of snow,
Bold and heartily we go;
And all for little gain."
In Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Glasgow Vol 1 we read:
"The honourable profession of " cattle lifting " was not classed as a common theft — far from it. Many a Highlander is still proud of his "cattle lifting" ancestors. It was customary for a young chieftain before being considered capable of taking part in the affairs of his clan, to make a raid upon some other clan with whom they were at feud, or into the low country, whence they considered every man had a right to drive a prey. Some clans obtained a greater notoriety than others as cattle lifters. The MacFarlans were such adepts at the work, that the sound of their gathering tune " Togall nam bo," was enough to scare the Lowland bodachs of Dumbartonshire."
A more scholarly account by Dr. William Donaldson can found here.
We'd like to thank our friend and piper Craig MacFarlane, of Glasgow Scotland, for this great recording of "MacFarlane's Gathering". Please visit him on facebook or myspace. You can save your own copy of this mp3 by right-clicking here.