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BIOGRAPHIES OF CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS WEBSITE
BISHOP, Sara – SARA BISHOP is Deputy Llietenant
for Renfrewshire in Scotland, a member of the Clan
Council and a gifted interviewer. She is a member of
the organising committee. Sara is Colonel Donald’s
daughter; we all remember his masterful organisation
of many gatherings. She undertakes publicity and
publication of the commemorative magazine for the
BROWN, Olive – OLIVE BROWN is originally from Dundee. She met her late husband Alasdair when at University in St Andrew’s. Later they returned to Mull to run Alistair’s family shop and publishing business– the iconic Brown’s on the
main street in Tobermory. Olive has been involved
with the Isle of Mull Museum throughout many
years and knows it well.
CANHAM, Ray – RAY CANHAM, Chief Guide and winter caretaker at Duart Castle. Ray is also an author of the amusing autobiographical “Downwardly Mobile books”. The most recent features tale of Duart Castle during lockdown. Ray is a regular contributor of amusing stories to the CMA Scotland newsletter. A fine photographer, he has also filmed all of the Duart Castle content on this website. https://www.facebook.com/raycanhamauthor
CÒISIR, Ghàidhlig – CÒISIR GHÀIDHLIG AN EILEIN MHUILICH, The Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir, was founded in 1978 to represent Mull at the National Mod. Multi award winning since the outset, including winning the Selma Shield for the highest marks in Gaelic on 5 occasions. The
choir is currently under the baton of Elizabeth Jack, and the Gaelic tuition of Janet MacDonald. This Choir is always the backbone of the Clan Maclean International Gathering ceilidh.
CÒISIR, Òg Mhuile – CÒISIR ÒG MHUILE. This junior Gaelic choir was formed in January 2018 with its main aim to compete at Local & National Mods and perform at local events. It is under the baton of Janet Campbell. The children who take part are mainly from Salen Primary School but also include other interested children from around Mull & Iona. At present there are 11 children. Sponsorship has been received from Inverlussa Marine Services to provide kilts in Maclean tartan.
CUSHING, Clare CLARE CUSHING lives close to Loch Lomond, she studied oboe and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A former Assistant Principal Oboe at Royal Scottish National Orchestra she is currently involved in a range of educational work with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and is a staff member of the National Youth Choir of Scotland’s Stirling children’s choir as well as a NYCOS mini music maker group leader. She works with the whole range of primary-aged children through Stirling Council’s Kodaly programme.
DOUGLAS, William – WILLIAM DOUGLAS is both a trustee and the secretary of the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust. He is on the International Gathering committee and instigated the production of this Virtual Gathering. He has been a major contributor to the website and developed all the Glenfunan Games. The purpose of the Trust is “promoting and advancing the education of the public in the history, traditions and music of the Clan Maclean”. It seeks to preserve, and make widely known, the enormous contribution that members of the Clan Maclean have made, and are still making, in politics, medicine, literature, music, sport, exploration and other forms of scientific endeavour, military campaigns and many other fields. It ensures that their achievements are not forgotten, not only through the printed word but also through the preservation of manuscripts, artefacts, buildings and other tangible links. It also promotes the continuing contribution of Macleans in these areas.
FISHER, Hannah – HANNAH FISHER, along with Sorren Maclean, is part of the vibrant music community on Mull. Hannah is originally from Dunkeld. She and Sorren moved to the island from Glasgow seven years ago after establishing careers as session musicians with many well-known artists such as Idlewild, King Creosote, Roddy Woomble, Mull Historical Society and Karen Matheson. They also do soundtrack work for TV, as well as writing and performing together as a duo. Sorren and Hannah featured at the International Gathering ceilidh in 2017.
HADLINGTON, Martin – MARTIN HADLINGTON specialises in all aspects of conservation work, including contemporary new work associated with historic buildings and their context. Most projects are on high grade Listed Buildings and Scheduled Ancient Monuments. He has been working with Sir Lachlan throughout the restoration project on Duart Castle.
ISLE, of Mull Cheese Factory – ISLE OF MULL CHEESE FACTORY ANDTHE READE FAMILY. The Reade family make the award-winning Isle of Mull Cheese. Considered to be the King of Scottish Cheddars it has won BBC Food and Farming Award, Best Scottish Cheese, British Cheese Awards Gold and World Cheese Awards. The Reade family who created it moved to Mull from Somerset in 1979 with just 10 cows, they now milk 130. Stopping delivering milk in 2000 the family now concentrate on making cheese. We visit the farm as one of our special tours during the International Gatherings.
KIRKPATRICK, Charlie – CHARLIE KIRKPATRICK’S DANCE BAND. Charlie hails from the island of Iona on the west coast of Scotland. Playing a 3 row Honer Shand Morino accordion gives that very distinctive sound of the west and is unmistakable Charle Kirkpatrick. He and his band play for us at our yearly Scottish gathering in Glasgow and at our International Gatherings. For our Virtual Gathering Charlie has gathered together, during lockdown, to play with extra band members from Mull and Iona.
LASHER, David – DAVID LASHER is a Director of the Clan Maclean Association of California and Nevada. David designed the logo, and supplied the artwork, which has been used for the publicity material for the Virtual Gathering.
LANE, Selwyn – SELWYN LANE is Vice President of the
Pacific North West Clan Maclean Association. “We are one of the twelve Clan Maclean Associations around the world who represent Macleans, no matter the spelling, and their many families and septs. We may be your best source of the who, what, where, when and now of your extended family. We look after all things north of California, and south of Alaska, including western Canada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and looking east to the Bitterroot Valley in Montana”
MACDONALD, Allan – ALLAN MACDONALD FROM MOIDART was working at Ardgour when he recorded several tales of Clan Maclean. One of three brothers, Allan grew up in Glenuig, a small Gaelicspeaking community. An activist for the Gaelic language, he has worked in the School of Scottish Studies and taught piping at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.
MACFARLANE, Brigadier John – BRIGADIER JOHN MACFARLANE is a Trustee of the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust. A native speaker of Mull Gaelic John was steeped from birth in the Gaelic traditions and language. Upon retirement from the Army John settled in Taynuilt in Argyll where he continues his Gaelic interests. He is a frequent broadcaster in Gaelic and English for BBC Alba television and radio. John always takes part in our clan events including our International Gatherings.
MCLEAN, Alan – CHEVALIER ALAN MACLEAN, is President of Clan Maclean Association France. He is an Honorary Councillor of the Clan Maclean. Clan Maclean Association of France is the only association which is in a non-English speaking country. There are currently 50 members (including children) who meet periodically. These take the form of soirées and dinners in local restaurants. Every two years a group assembles for the Scotland versus France rugby match at the Stade de France. Occasionally they hold joint meetings with Clan Mackenzie, France.
MACLEAN, Allan – ALLAN MACLEAN OF DOCHGARROCH is a Chieftain of the Clan Maclean, and a Councillor of the Clan Maclean Association since 1970 He is a founder, and current Chairman, of the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust and past President of the Clan Maclean Association. Allan is an historian with particular interest in family genealogy.
MACLEAN, Anne- ANNE MACLEAN OF DOCHGARROCH is current President of the Clan Maclean Association of Scotland. She has acted as Chair of the Virtual Gathering committee and is Chair of the International Gathering committee. Anne is a trustee of the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust.
MACLEAN, Calum – PIPE MAJOR CALUM MACLEAN. Calum is Piper to the Chief. He is the local schools piping teacher for Mull and Iona. Calum formed, teaches, and leads, the Tobermory High School Pipe Band. Calum plays regularly at Duart Castle and for the Chief and the Association too at International Gatherings.
MACLEAN, Charlie – CHARLIE MACLEAN MBE
is a writer whose special subject is Scotch whisky. With ten books published to date, including the standard works Scotch Whisky and Malt Whisky, both of which were short-listed for Glenfiddich Awards. He is widely acknowledged as Scotland’s leading whisky expert. He was elected a Keeper of the Quaich in 1992 for ‘his services to Scotch over many years’ and granted the rare honour of being elected Master of the Quaich, the industry’s highest accolade, in October 2009. He holds degrees in Art History (St Andrews) and Law (Dundee), is a Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a Visiting Lecturer to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, an Honorary Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto and of Champlain College, University of Trent, a Councillor of the Clan Maclean since 1978 and a member of the Society of Authors.
MACLEAN, Dougie – DOUGIE MACLEAN OBE Originally famed for writing the song ‘Caledonia’, he has built an international reputation as songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer on his own terms. This has taken his performance to concerts and festivals all over the world and to the stages of Carnegie Hall in New York, London’s Festival Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE! Dougie played and sang for us at our International Centenary Gathering in 2012.
MACLEAN, Duncan – DUNCAN STAFFA MACLEAN. He was born June in Gourock, Scotland. Moving to the U.S.A. Duncan was a gifted entertainer he died in Reno in 2011 following an accident. Duncan was very proud of his Scottish Heritage, and among his proudest achievements were his Presidency of the Clan MacLean International Assoc., first of the California/Nevada branch, and then it’s worldwide president. Duncan entertained us at many International Gathering ceilidhs.
MACLEAN, Elin – ELIN MACLEAN is the daughter of Carol MacLean of Tobermory, who won the Royal National Mod’s highest award for solo singing, the Mod Gold Medal, in Stornoway in 2016.
MACLEAN, Ewan, Jamie, Lachlan – EWAN, JAMIE, AND LACHLAN MACLEAN. Ewan is the eldest brother and is a design engineer who invents things that don’t exist yet. Ewan is an accomplished singer-song writer and plays the guitar. Jamie is a fantastic bagpiper, Piper to the Clan Maclean Association of Scotland, and a trainee architect in his fourth year at the Glasgow School of Art. The youngest brother, Lachlan, is a Philosophy student at the University of Glasgow. He is a phenomenal accordion player. The brothers rowed the Atlantic with the Talisker Whisky Challenge to raise money to bring clean water to disadvantaged parts of Africa. This is billed as the Hardest Row in the World. The brothers beat three world records by winning the race, finishing in the fastest time and being the first set of brothers to complete the race.
MACLEAN, Fiona – FIONA MACLEAN OF ARDGOUR. Fiona is the author of “Death or Victory” and an historian. She is a trustee of the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust. She is also the Vice President of the West Highland Museum in Fort William.
MACLEAN, George – GEORGE MACLEAN is
President of Clan Maclean Atlantic Canada. The
immediate geography covers Atlantic Canada but they are also proud to include members from right across Canada, a number of U.S. states and as far away as New Zealand. We become very active in summer with involvement in many Scottish festivals, Highland Games and other events.
MACLEAN, Grant – GRANT MACLEAN can trace his family’s Scottish heritage back to the very first Clan Maclean chief in 1200 and is passionate about keeping the clan’s history alive. He lives in Bundaberg, Australia and is President of Clan Maclean Association Australia. This year Grant hosted the annual Chief’s Birthday Banquet event with more than 100 members of the clan visiting the region to celebrate. “Being a member of a Scottish clan gives a great sense of belonging and for many an opportunity to trace their roots back centuries”. Grant heads up the Duart Castle Appeal along with the Chief and to date has raised thousands of pounds in donations to this worthy cause.
MACLEAN, Hector – HECTOR MACLEAN OF DOCHGARROCH is co-owner/director of Jeffrey St Whisky and Tobacco in Edinburgh and their tasting expert. Educated in Edinburgh, in 2014 and aged 23, Hector joined with four likeminded individuals with a passion for Whisky and all things Tobacco to set up the business. “We bring with us a breath of fresh air to the industry and an efficiency not yet rivalled”. Together with
Charlie MacLean he gave the entertaining whisky tasting for hundreds of enthusiasts at the 2017 International Gathering. Hector has also worked to bring you this Virtual Gathering having developed and set up the website. www.jeffreyst.com
MACLEAN, Holly – HOLLY MACLEAN was born and grew up on the Island of Mull. From an early age she sang in children’s choirs and competed in solo competitions,
winning many prizes in learners’ competitions at Local and National Mods. In 2018, Holly, aged 15, and attending Ardsgoil Thobar Mhoire, won The James C.McPhee Memorial Medal and also the Jean Graham Memorial Trophy and the Alexander Hamilton Trophy for highest marks in Music and Gaelic. She was also overall winner for 16–18-year-olds at the 2020 Virtual National Mod.
MACLEAN, Karen – KAREN MACLEAN is Vice President of Clan Maclean Atlantic Canada Association. Since its beginnings in 1979, CMAC has been about preserving and promoting the history, heritage, genealogy and interests of Macleans in Atlantic Canada and worldwide.
MACLEAN, Lisa – LISA MACLEAN is President of the Clan Maclean Association of California and Nevada which is a group designed to foster awareness of the Scottish heritage of people linked to the clan Maclean in Scotland. They gather together at various Scottish games around the state of California and parts of Nevada to enjoy each other’s company and shared heritage.
MACLEAN, Malcolm – MALCOLM MACLEAN YGR OF DUART is elder son of our Chief and a Chieftain of the Clan Maclean. He lives with his family in the south of England when not at Duart Castle. His company is involved in the continued expansion of renewable energy resources.
MACLEAN, Nicolas – NICOLAS MACLEAN OF PENNYCROSS is a Chieftain of the Clan Maclean and President of the Clan Maclean Association of England and Wales. This Association represents England and Wales based Macleans of Duart, Ardgour, Coll, Lochbuie, Kingairloch and Dochgarroch. The group is also open to all relevant Septs of the clan including Beaton, MacBeth, MacEvoy, MacCormack, MacFadyen, Paton and Rankin. There are various events held over the year including Burns Night and the Annual Clan Dinner which all members of the Clan Maclean (and associated Septs) are invited to attend.
MACLEAN, Pat – PAT MACLEAN is a board member of the Pacific North West Clan Maclean Association. “We are one of the twelve Clan Maclean Associations around the
world who represent Macleans, no matter the spelling, and their many families and septs. We may be your best source of the who, what, where, when and how of your extended family. We look after all things north of California, and south of Alaska, including western Canada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and looking east to the Bitterroot Valley in Montana.”
MCLEAN, Pauline – PAULINE MCLEAN started her dream job as BBC Scotland’s arts correspondent 11 years ago. She is based in Glasgow. Pauline’s first journalistic job was at the tender age of 14, in her home town of Dumbarton. Pauline has a degree in English and Scottish literature from Glasgow University and a postgraduate in journalism from the University of Wales. She has worked as a pop columnist for the Evening Times and art’s editor with The Western Mail in Wales as well as for various local newspapers.
MACLEAN, Piping of Kilmartin – THE PIPING MCLEANS OF KILMARTIN Allan McLean, of Kilmartin, Argyll, was a member to the Pipe Band of the Scots Guards who played at the Edinburgh Tattoo, at the Trooping of the Colour and toured the Far East for three years playing in many countries on both sides of the Pacific. His five sons are all pipers, two of whom, Angus and Alastair, will be competing as Gaelic singers in this year’s Virtual Mod. In 2007, Nick was awarded a Clan Maclean Heritage Trust bursary in Glasgow. His younger brother, Angus was also
awarded a bursary, but was unable to take it up because Covid-19 restrictions. We now hope that this may proceed in 2022. The boys are active members of
the Mid-Argyll Pipe Band, and were playing with the band in Inverness in 2019 when awarded a medal. The Mid Argyll Pipe Band were the RSPBA Grade 4b Champion of Champions for their consistency of performance across all five major competitions in 2018. They are now Grade 3b. The pipers performed for us at Carnassrie Castle, just outside Kilmartin, for the Virtual Gathering.
MACLEAN, Sorley – SORLEY MACLEAN
was born at Osgaig on the island of Rasaay in 1911. He was brought up within a family and community immersed in Gaelic language and culture, particularly song. He studied English at Edinburgh University from 1929, taking a firstclass honours degree and there encountering and finding an affinity with the work of Hugh MacDiarmid, Ezra Pound, and other Modernist poets. He felt the Gaelic language was most appropriate for his poetry. He translated much of his own work into English, opening it up to a wider public than solely Gaelic speakers. He was Seanachaidh (bard) to the Clan Maclean and wrote and performed Spartans of the North for our International Gathering of 1992.
MACLEAN, Sorren – SORREN MACLEAN is part of the vibrant music community on Mull. Sorren is a Mull native, and with his partner Hannah Fisher moved to the island from Glasgow seven years ago after establishing careers as session musicians with many wellknown artists such as Idlewild, King Creosote, Roddy Woomble, Mull Historical Society and Karen Matheson. They also do soundtrack work for TV, as well as writing and performing together as a duo. Sorren and Hannah featured at the International Gathering ceilidh in 2017.
MACLEAN, Wendy – WENDY MACLEAN is a Councillor of the Clan Maclean Association of Scotland. She is a member of the International Organising Committee and has been an instigator of this Virtual Gathering. Wendy has coordinated the special memorabilia for the Virtual Gathering and with William Douglas has sourced, contacted and been go-between for the Contributors to this Gathering.
MEN of Worth. Scotsman Donnie Macdonald and Irishman James Keigher came together in 1986 to play Scottish and Irish music. They now live in Oregon USA. This international duo performed for our Chief when he visited California. Their harmonious voices blend together to perform Irish and Scottish folk music. In keeping with tradition, they remain true to the music and story. They have a very simple approach to their presentation, and in keeping with tradition, remain true to the music and story.
MULL, Museum – started in the 1970’s, the museum contains extensive archives documenting all aspects of island life and its history, and a large reference library, both of which are available for research purposes, as well as the objects collection. The Clan Maclean archive is held here. The Museum is fully Accredited and a member of Museums Galleries Scotland, but completely independent and run as charitable trust depending entirely on donations.
MULL, Music Makers – MULL MUSIC MAKERS is a charity raising funds to bring music tutors to the Isle of Mull each month. Children learn music through song, movement, performance and violin/fiddle tuition. Around 40 children learn with the organisation which is about 15% of the island’s primary school population.
MYERS, Mark – MARK MYERS is President of the Clan Maclean International Association and of the California Clan Maclean Association. He is on the Virtual Gathering committee. Mark has been instrumental in organising musical input for the ceilidh and for gathering together the contributions from the worldwide organisations. The Clan Maclean International Association is the ‘umbrella’ organisation for the Clan Maclean world-wide. It is the forum in which the Presidents of the regional Associations and MacleanNet exchange views about the operation and development of Associations generally. It seeks to encourage co-operation between these Associations as well as the formation of new Associations. It shares with these Associations the task of promoting the Clan and its heritage, for today and for future generations.
SCOT, AnSgeulaiche – SCOT AnSGEULAICHE is a skilled teller of tales and legends, of the Clan Maclean and the Scottish Highlands. He is a Seanachaidh– a tradition keeper and oral historian. Always participating in our international gatherings, he collects and tells Scottish folk tales, history, clan stories, place-tales, ethnographic material and practical Highland traditions. Scot tells all his tales from memory, a considerable feat, which adds greatly to the ease with which he tells his stories.
SCOTT, Jenn – JENN SCOTT is an historian, researcher, and writer based in Edinburgh where she works as Secretary and Archivist for the Stewart Society. Jenn is a re-enactor primarily of the 18th century and the late 15th century. She is interested in the period from the Wars of the Roses to the Jacobite Risings, and is actively involved in the interpretation, promotion and protection of Scottish battlefields as a trustee of the Scottish Battlefield Trust. She has spent over 20 years developing her understanding and knowledge of the clothes and material culture of the past. Jenn studied politics at the University of Edinburgh and has an MA in Heritage from University of Surrey.
TOBERMORY, High School Pipe Band – TOBERMORY
HIGH SCHOOL PIPE BAND is a large and enthusiastic pipe band was formed, and is led by, Pipe Major Calum MacLean, Piper to the Chief. They wear Maclean tartan kilts the funding for which was donated by The Clan Maclean Heritage Trust.
WHYTE, Dr Alasdair – DR. ALASDAIR C. WHYTE belongs to the island of Mull. Music and singing are in the family. He has been singing in Gaelic for as long as he can remember. In 2006, aged 19, he followed in his mother Riona’s footsteps in being awarded the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal for solo singing at the National Mòd. Alasdair was awarded a Ph.D. in Celtic and Gaelic in 2017 by the University of Glasgow and, in 2019, he was awarded a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellowship by the same university to research the place-names of his native island of Mull. In addition to his academic work, he is a singer, songwriter, playwright, actor and presenter. He was named Gaelic Ambassador of the Year by The Scottish Government in 2019. Alasdair is Chair of the Glasgow-based Gaelic arts and culture development organisation An Lòchran; President of The Mull and Iona Association; and an ambassador for the Gaelic dialects of Mull with Dòrlach.