Clan Donald Society of Edinburgh

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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"


September 2017 Newsletter

October 14, 2017

The September 2017 newsletter has been sent to all members.

I contains local information of interest, and details of the the AGM in April.

The newsletter has an historical item covering the retreat of the Jacobite Army on the 6th December, 1745, back to Scotland. There is an interesting piece about the how the rear guard, consisting of the Glengarry and MacPherson regiments, repulsed a flying column of mounted troops, at the village of Clifton, about 2 miles south of the town of Penrith. The rest of the article covers the actions of Jacobite Army at the Battle of Falkirk on the 17th January, 1746.

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!

New revamped website...

October 26, 2014

We have updated our website, 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, so we may only include some key links - for more information just Google it...

Website Information

This website was re-construction - November 2014. Additional information will be added during 2017 as necessary.