Clan Torchlight Procession at the Highland Homecoming, Inverness 2014

Highland Homecoming, Inverness 2014

On the evening of Friday 12th September, Chief Hector and Kate, and Secretary Walter and Ariane were invited to the Town House in Inverness for a light buffet supper by the Association of Highland Clans and Societies (AHCS) as part of the Highland Homecoming. Special guest Kriss Akabusi, who was adopted as a Mackenzie that evening was dressed in an African national dress. Then the Clan took part in a torchlight parade with hundreds of competitors from the Masters World Championships, a few clans and a pipe band. 

Torchlight Parade 1

The parade through the streets of Inverness to the Eden Court Theatre was especially atmospheric as the haar had come in.

 Torchlight Parade    

On Saturday, the Clan attended the Annual General Meeting of the AHCS in the Town House. After a light lunch, the Clan had a table at the "Meet the Clans" exhibition.

Meet the ClansOutside in the High Street, campaigning in the forthcoming Independence referendum was coming to its climax. The council officials refused access to the Town House, anyone wearing any political badge. So "Meet the Clans" exhibition only got about three people through the door!

Hector and Walter instead went to the Camanachd Cup final to see Kingussie beat Glen Urquhart 4-0 in Shinty.

More photos can be seen here.

The evening before the Culloden memorial service, on Friday 17th April, Chief Hector and Secretary Walter joined a social meeting and discussion on “Septs – Are we being honest or greedy?” in the Glenmoriston Town House Hotel in Inverness. The meeting was held by the Association of Highland Clans and Societies (AHCS), of which the Clan is a founder member. 

While the discussion was not that interesting, the proposal of having a Clan torchlit parade through the streets of Inverness and a reception in the Inverness Town House, the evening before the Culloden service was attractive.

Walter MacAulay
Clan Secretary