Apologies John Farquharson, Roxana & Andris Vuskalns, Deirdre Farquharson, Catherine
Farquharson (Fochabers), Gordon & Jane Farquharson (Guidford), Connie & Alan Cleps,
Geoffrey Farquharson, Desmond & Lily Quaite, David Coates, Douglas, Jeanette & Margaret Farquharson, Sydney Waite, Hannah Jones, Norah Farquharson.
Welcome from The Chief
Captain Farquharson said what a pleasure it was to be back in Ballater again as he welcomed everyone. He was delighted about the enthusiastic letter he
Had received from Ethel Gray on behalf of her family of eight from New Zealand, who were of Farquharson descent. They had briefly met The Chief some 10 years ago & now, having seen the clan web site before a pre-planned visit to The UK, they wanted to make a special visit to the Ballater Games to meet again in person. The letter mentioned strong Farquharson connections & their thoughts of perhaps starting a clan association in NZ. Now, having met at Ballater, their enthusiasm was very evident & they had a wonderful time meeting other clan members & enjoying the day. There was time for discussion on the topic of NZ & they returned to Edinburgh to finish their holiday with lovely memories of new friendships made at Ballater. The Chief was very pleased to welcome other overseas clan visitors including Douglas Coutts from New Zealand & members Muriel & Ray from Australia. Our Chief had received a letter from another very keen German piper who has already made contact with Ansgar & they hope to meet up at some stage. Horst Kraus is keen to join the clan. He has considerable skills in photography as well, & has sent his CV & a list of leisure interests to Margaret.
The Chief said what an enjoyable programme of events had been arranged for the week, with Sheila Sedgewick’s interesting talk on Invercvauld records & some aspects of social history of the area. The German TV film was very popular & had 2 viewings. It was disappointing to have had to miss the 4 x 4 picnic & Mar Estate day, due to the garden party at Balmoral as 3 of the drivers of those vehicles had been invited to the Royal garden party., but Clansmen nevertheless had a good week. The Cairn service had been very poignant, with the loss of Val, Paul & other clansmen, who were remembered in the prayers. Stones were placed on the cairn in their memory. The week would finish on the usual high note of a formal dinner at The Albert Hall with the excellent food & conviviality which we always enjoy.
The Chief referred to the petition by The Council of Scottish Chiefs to remove the ancient Attainder, which was explained in the last Lion’s Face & informed the membership that the petition could not be accepted in its present form, so it has been returned to the legal team for revision & amendment before being re-submitted.
Captain Farquharson concluded by congratulating & thanking Alistair for his three years of presidency, during which he & his committee had worked hard to maintain & develop the strength & friendship of Clan Farquharson. The Chief thanked committee members & also the full membership for their support.