Happy St. Andrew’s Day!

A very happy St. Andrew’s Day from MacAulays across the world. What are you doing to celebrate? Send your photos with your name and a caption to the Clan MacAulay Secretary.

To bring a smile we invite you to watch Visit Scotland’s video of St. Andrew’s Day where they invited ‘Andrews’ from across Europe to St. Andrew’s to celebrate his day. Enjoy!

To learn more about St. Andrew and the Saltire visit Visit Scotland’s informative webpage.

St. Andrew’s Day Events!

Celebrating is what we do really well in Scotland, and if there is one day of the year where you’ll hear a lot of noise from us, it’s St Andrew’s Day (30 November) when Scots and Scots-at-heart celebrate the patron saint of Scotland and our national day with a holiday and fantastic events, which showcase the very best of Scottish culture. Enjoy a lively programme of events and festivals happening towards the end of November, featuring uniquely Scottish line-ups of music, dance, food and drink.


Saltire Society’s St. Andrew’s Day Lunch, Inverness: Saturday, December 1st

The Saltire Society, Highland Branch, warmly invites you and your friends to their St Andrew’s Day Lunch at the Craigmonie Hotel, Inverness on Saturday 1st December. A Scottish themed lunch will be followed by a presentation by Derek Alexander, head of archaeological services with the National Trust for Scotland. He’ll discuss recent research in Glencoe and Glenshiel, two sites associated with the Jacobites but much less well investigated than Culloden. Please click here for more information and to register.

Hogmanay & New Year in Scotland

Thinking about what to do for Hogmanay for 2019 or 2020? We’ve put together some information that we hope will help with your planning. Thinking of Edinburgh for Hogmanay? Check out the Independent Travel Cats excellent A Guide to Celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

Source: Visit Scotland – Why would you choose a New Year break in Scotland? Well, no other nation in the world celebrates the New Year with quite as much revelry and passion as Scotland does, and it’s hardly surprising that the enormous celebration that engulfs the country is legendary the world over. Hogmanay is what we Scots call New Year’s Eve – 31 December – the big night that marks the arrival of the new year. Its origins reach back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Vikings with wild parties in late December. Click here to read more at Visit Scotland.

What The Blazons!: Heraldry in History And The Here and Now (Saturday, November 10th, 1-4 pm GMT)

by Jessica Secmezsoy-Urquhart and The Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh

St. Cecilia’s Hall, The University of Edinburgh, 50 Niddry St, Cowgate EH1 1NQ

From Meghan Markle’s coat of arms to examples of heraldry in Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Outlander, heraldry is as relevant today as it was 300 or 700 years ago. Join the CRC at St. Cecilia’s Hall just off the Royal Mile for an unmissable engagement event. You will have the unique chance to see heraldry from the CRC and enjoy group discussion and talks on heraldry as well as its surprising connections to media, animals, class, gender and place, today and in the past. Guests delivering talks include: Elizabeth Roads, the first woman appointed as an officer of arms, genealogist, broadcaster and author Dr. Bruce Durie and Dr. Gillian Black, expert in family law and modern heraldry.  Continue reading

Historic Scotland Book Week Event (Stirling Castle, Thursday November 22)

Maggie O’Farrell with Nicola Sturgeon

Taking place in the spectacular Great Hall at Stirling Castle, the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and the award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell, will come together, to celebrate Book Week Scotland 2018. This will be a conversation to remember; a unique opportunity to hear from these two fascinating women, as they discuss life, work and the books that have made them who they are today. Presented by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland and Waterstones. Ticket prices have been subsidised by Scottish Book Trust.

To purchase tickets visit Historic Scotland.

We Owe Halloween to Ireland

Halloween isn’t your typical celebration.
And, Halloween food isn’t exactly ‘normal’ either.

Fact: we owe Halloween to Ireland. 
This is the autumn festival when, as my ancestors believed,
the ghosts of the dead
returned to the land of the living.
Really, though, that’s why we like Halloween. It’s not ‘normal’.
It’s scary, it’s unpredictable and it’s a little bit weird.
Just look at the food. Continue reading