300th Anniversary of the Battle of Sheriffmuir
Walter and his dogs represented the Clan at the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Sherrifmuir (13th November 1715)
Lunch was provided at the Sheriffmuir Inn then most people were bussed down to the Battlefield, a matter of a mile or so, ready to commemorate at 14.00. Walter and the dogs braved the sleet and snow and walked.
Firstly there was a small service for the Clan MacRae, who had come from Kintail (MacAulay country!) never to return home. There was wreath laying by the MacRae Association.
Next another service was held by the 1745 Association at their smaller cairn 10 metres up the road. This had a poem in Scots and some singing of psalms and prayers.
We then marched together along the pathway to the Gathering Stone on top of the wooded moor where the AHCS (Association of Highland Clans and Societies), of which the Clan is a founder member, held a wreath laying service at the fallen standing stone where the Earl of Mar (the Jacobite Army commander) from which he was supposedly commanding his army.We also remembered the other actions which took place on the same day at Preston and the seige of Inverness.
Walter laid a Scots Pine branch in memory of the fallen, joining the present Earl of Mar, various chiefs and our friend Sir Lachlan Maclean of Duart, who hosted our visit to Duart at the Gathering in the summer.