The clan held its AGM on Saturday 14th July 2012 together with a one night stay at The Rosslea Hall Hotel, Rhu, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. A fitting place for the clan to meet. Rhu, a small village on the outskirts of Helensburgh in bygone days was the location for Ardencaple Castle, seat of the Dunbartonshire MacAulays. Thirteen clan members were present including Mark and Liz from England and Laurence and Karen from N. Ireland. A great time was had by all. After check-in the hotel presented the clan with a replacement garden plaque (the previous one had ‘gone missing’) detailing Rhu’s close historical association with clan MacAulay.
It is to be hoped that it shall now find a more permanent place in the hotel’s garden. As one can see our Scots Pine is healthy and well.
After a sumptuous lunch the Clan AGM took place.
It was reported that the clan is thriving, both in membership (111 members) and financial terms. An important decision was taken to suspend the DVD Project. The combination of the filming practicalities, high spec technical input, considerable travel, time consuming effort and the overall huge expense was no longer considered as viable. All outstanding DVD monies have been added to clan funds.It was hoped that credible film footage taken to-date could be added in time to the clan website.
Standing well over 5 foot, with a truly authentic look and feel, the claymore can only add to the occasion when displayed at clan gatherings or parades.
After the AGM in bright sunshine the members made their way to nearby Ardencaple Tower, sadly the last recognisable surviving piece of building that was once Ardencaple Castle, seat of the MacAulays in Dunbartonshire.
No doubt in its day the castle would have been an impressive sight, standing majestically high on a hill with a fine view out across Gare Loch.
That evening the hotel surpassed all expectations. The 5-course clan meal and service were excellent served in our own private dining room.
With many an after dinner topic being discussed over wine and coffee, notably ‘Scottish Independence’ (that for some reason caused quite a stir), sadly all to soon the night came to and end.
On Sunday morning we checked out...certain to return in the future after the excellent hospitality provided. A coffee stop on the rainy banks of Loch Lomond brought the annual coming together to its conclusion.
Discussion now centers on next year’s gathering in Crieff, Perthshire from 8th - 10th August 2013...lets hope it matches the success of Carnlough 2011! Already there has been much interest generated with up to a dozen American clan newcomers preparing to make the trip! Will you be there? by Laurence Ross McAuley Clan Commissioner N Ireland