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January 2018 Newsletter

January 25, 2018

The January 2018 newsletter has been sent to all members.

It contains an obituary to the late President of the Society, Norman H.MacDonald.

‚ÄčThere are additional news items from the West Highlands.

The newsletter has an historical item continued from the September 2017 newsletter, covering the period in early 1746, with the  Jacobite army retiring to the North of Scotland, and leading up to the Battle of Culloden. To be continued in the next newsletter. 

Norman H.MacDonald - Society President

October 19, 2017

A sad announcement from the Honorary Secretary.

"It is with great sadness that I give notice of the passing, on Friday 13th October, 2017, of the Society's President, Norman H. MacDonald, aged 84, in the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, after a short illness, following some years of failing health.
In 2014, Norman was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, and from the beginning of 2017, he had a series of falls, culminating in his entry to hospital on September 19th, suffering from pneumonia. Despite initial improvement, he was unable to swallow nourishment due to Parkinson's condition and in the remaining days, he could not communicate.
The funeral will be a private family occasion, at his own request.

Morag Y.MacDonald
Honorary Secretary"


Hidden Valley, Glencoe

October 3, 2015

In June 2015, a recent challenging, and interesting, climb up to the lost valley in Glencoe, on a brilliant blue sky day, resulted in a remarkable view of this beautiful valley

Coire Gabhail is known the hidden valley, where the MacDonalds (McIans) of Glen Coe hid their rustled cattle. A visit involves a very rough but intensely dramatic and scenic climb.

A recent visit to the valley on the 7th October, 2017,  revealed a different atmosphere from the Spring photo above. 

Low cloud drifted across the valley sides and mountain tops, on what was a damp but mild day. As we entered the valley we heard the roar of a stag, which echoed around the valley. We were able to get close to the stag at the head of the valley, which was guarding its herd of females. There was also competition from some young stags, but they ran off up the other side of the valley - they climbed pretty fast!

Website Information

October 26, 2014

We revamped  this website in 2014, which although it retains its simplicity, does have some new features. There is a lot of other information elsewhere on the internet about Clan Donald, for more information just Google it...

Website Information

This website was re-construction - November 2014. Additional information will be added during 2018 as necessary.