Happy Tartan Day!

From MacAulays (of all spelllings) to tartan lovers around the world, Happy Tartan Day! MacAulay, please forward your pics of how you got your tartan on for our MacAulay Matters newsletter and Instagram.

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MacAulay Matters March 2019 (the artist’s edition) issue now available!

The March 2019 issue of MacAulay Matters is now available. We all know that MacAulays are a talented bunch, whether they be artists or artisans, authors or singer/songwriters. This issue focuses on three MacAulay artists and I hope you will find them as fascinating as I did. Enjoy!

MacAulay Matters March 2019

In this issue:

  • The Harris Tweed Project
  • Meet P3 student Ethan MacAulay
  • Fashion Designer Hope Macaulay
  • Artist Tom McAulay
  • Kathleen O’Reilly’s Robbie Burns Celebration
  • Spotlight on:
    • Member Aileen McCauley Killen
    • Commissioner Bud MacAulay Lush
    • Executive Committee Member Mark MacAulay
  • MacAulay DNA Project Update
  • Toronto’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate
  • NZ Scottish Heritage Council
  • Upcoming Highland Games
  • The 2019 Aviemore Gathering
  • Robbie Burns Night
  • MacAulay Photos
  • Your Executive Committee

The Lewis Chessmen and the Harry Potter connection

Surrounded by myth, mystery and some controversy, the Lewis Chessmen are beloved. Found on the sands of Uig Bay in 1831 six now reside at Museum nan Eilean in Lews Castle in Stornoway, eleven at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and the remainder at the British Museum in London.

But you may have seen them on the big screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone where replicas of the Lewis Chessmen are seen when Harry and Ron play Wizards Chess. Lesser known is that the Lewis Chessmen made an appearance in Hoshino Yukinobu’s graphic novel Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure. And even Lego has had its time with the Lewis Chessmen when the National Museum of Scotland created a 6 foot replica!

Uig is the ancestral home of the Lewis MacAulays.