Gathering of Clan Farquharson UK
Wednesday 12th August once again saw our ‘Meet and Greet’ convene at the Deeside Inn in Ballater, it was more of an international event this year, as we welcomed Linda and Brian of the Clan Farquharson Australia. John Patterson and his fiancé Samantha from Indiana USA who kindly agreed to edit our Lion’s Face also attended. Our old friends Ansgar and Horst from Germany also visited us and entertained us with their piping skills. In addition three other American guests who were very welcome, were introduced by Eric Farquharson. It was altogether a very enjoyable event, made all the more so with the excellent cuisine provided by the staff at the Deeside Inn.
The following day was extremely well attended by Clan and non-Clan members alike. Whilst many were drawn by the sunshine and perfect weather, others made purchases of locally produced items from the various stalls placed in, and around, the arena alongside typical fairground attractions, which gave such pleasure to younger attendees. A display by the Royal Regiment of Scotland attracted many complimentary comments, as did the young ladies taking part in the Scottish Dancing competition. Athletic prowess, a tug of war competition, and various feats of strength added to what became a splendid day of family entertainment.
Our grateful thanks are extended to the Highland Games Committee who generously provided an excellent tent and seating, allowing our members to meet and sign our visitors book. It was here that the ‘Best dressed Highlander’ competition was revived after having been introduced in 1892 and subsequently won this year by Gordon of Portpatrick – congratulations to Gordon, whose name is the first to be engraved on the Targe awarded in memory of the games secretary for many years, Edward Anderson . Clan Farquharson provided a Quaich for the winner of the uniformed category. Our grateful thanks also to Alistair and Joan who provided an excellent buffet of salmon, cold meats, salad and fruit. Preparation must have been a time consuming task!
The annual general meeting took place in the morning of the 14th August in the function room of the Glenaden Hotel in Ballater during a formal but relaxed atmosphere. Nominations were of course made for various offices, and we were delighted when Alan Caig accepted the post of President of the Clan, and Joan as Vice President and Margaret Finlay that of Treasurer and secretary, whilst Ansgar took office as membership secretary. Gordon Farquharson (Portpatrick) and myself were made committee members.
Later in the afternoon many including the Chief’s pet dog ‘Sam’ took the bracing walk across the fields to the Clan Cairn, Cairn na Cuihmne, where the Chief spoke meaningfully about the Clan and in particular about the history of the Cairn, followed by a brief prayer. Horst played The Flowers of the Forest, which was very moving and clansmen were then played hauntingly out of the field by the pipes of Ansgar and Horst before visiting Braemar Castle.
There was no formal dinner this year, however there was an organized informal dinner at the Deeside Inn. It was a well-attended convivial event which was enjoyed by all and many were heard to express the view that this would be a very acceptable future venue. I suspect that the high quality of our meal had much to do with that. Staff at the Deeside also made positive comments about the evening.
David Coates, Committee Member
Always the second Thursday in August. Our Chief is the Patron of the Games. Clan Farquharson have our own tent where our members can meet for a picnic and a drink. We are also on hand to give information on the Clan and to generate more interest.
Click here to visit the Ballater Games website.
Always the first Saturday in September. Our Chief is a Vice-Patron and the Queen is Patron. Clan Farquharson have a display table in the overseas tent where we have members on hand to give information on the Clan and to generate more interest.
Click here to visit the Braemar Gathering website.