Day 1 The Gathering Welcome

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The Chief’s Welcome to the Virtual Gathering.

Sir Lachlan Maclean extends a warm welcome to The Clan Maclean first Virtual Gathering.

Association Welcome by Anne Maclean of Dochgarroch, President of CMA of

A short welcome from the President of the CMA Scotland. Anne explains why we are having a Virtual Gathering and thanks the contributors and the organising committee.

Welcome Song by Duncan Staffa MacLean.

Written by Duncan for a previous gathering this is a great welcome song. Duncan entertained us at many International Gathering ceilidhs.

Clan Stories

The tales of how the Macleans Gathered Their Lands.

The Clan Lands include Mull, Morvern, Coll and Tiree. At various times the Macleans occupied land and islands further afield, while families other than the Macleans lived at different times in the clan lands including Mull itself. Told by Allan Macdonald from Moidart.

Sorley MacLean’s poem The Spartans of the North read by Dr Alastair Whyte in Gaelic and English.

Sorley was sheanachie to the clan and wrote this great poem for the 1992 International Gathering where he read it to great acclaim. Here it is read again for us by Alastair Whyte, who is from Mull and is anaward winning singer, songwriter, playwright, actor and presenter.

Fiona Maclean of Ardgour reads from her book, Death or Victory.

This story comes from ‘Death or Victory: Tales of Clan Maclean’, a light-hearted collection of some of the legends and tales of the Clan. It was written for young people in order to give them an introduction to the history of the Clan, and was a project of the Clan Maclean Heritage Trust.


A unique Tour of Duart’s private areas including The Ghost Walk, led by the Chief.

The Chief takes you on a short tour of the private quarters of Duart Castle, not open to the public, and displays some interesting personal family items. He will take you onto the Ghost Walk and tell you it’s story.

A sneak peek at the Attics and ongoing works in the Castle.

Ray Canham, Chief Guide and winter caretaker at the Castle, takes you on an exploration of Duart Castle’s new exhibition room and a unique look at the works in the attic.

An update on the ongoing Restoration Work to save Duart Castle for future generations.

The Chief and Martin Hadlington, conservation architect, give you an update on the current works to restore Duart Castle to its full glory.


Isle of Mull Gaelic Choir sing Air an Traigh.

The multi award winning choir sing this great Runrig song from the Play Gaelic album, 1978, written by Rory & Calum MacDonald. The English translation is ‘On the Beach’.

Jigs from Sorren Maclean & Hannah Fisher.

Sorren and Hannah are part of the vibrant music community on the beautiful Isle of Mull. Here they are playing a selection of jigs. Gladys’ Jig, written by Hannah for Irish-born evacuee, Gladys Johnston of Acharacle.

Chief’s Piper Calum MacLean playing I See Mull.

Pipe Major Calum MacLean is piper to the Chief. Here he plays “Chi Mi Muile”, a tune extolling the beauty of the Isle of Mull.

Caledonia, played on the Clarsach (Scottish Harp) by Clare Cushing.

Clare plays the iconic tune “Caledonia” for us, originally composed and performed by Dougie MacLean, this lovely tune sounds great when played on the Clarsach. Clare lives close to Loch Lomond and is very invested in the musical education of children.

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