The Clan Macpherson Association Gathering

July 31st - August 3rd 2020

Clan Ceilidh

The provisional programme for the 2020 CMA Gathering is as follows:

Thursday 30th July

Although not part of the Gathering, this event is timed to coincide with the Gathering. Starting at 3:00pm “Ossian Originals” is a unique opportunity to view, touch and read the books of legend at Inverness Library (no advance ticket required). You can discuss the literary sensation surrounding James Macpherson, your clan's very own senior bard and the books described as “the Harry Potter of the 18th century”. The books which inspired US President Thomas Jefferson, Emperor Napoleon and Felix Mendelssohn. For more information on James Macpherson and the Ossianic tales, see the MEM here.

Friday 31st July

Registration from 9 am until 5 pm

Dance Practice 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Welcome Meeting for newcomers: 3:45-4:45 pm

Sir Tommy Macpherson Memorial Cup Shinty match at the Dell, Kingussie (just down the road from the Duke of Gordon Hotel) at 6:00 pm

Chief's Reception, Dinner and Highland Ball 7 pm - 1 am

Saturday 1st August

AGM of Clan Macpherson Association: Village Hall Newtonmore 10:30 am

Clan March from Old Ralia to the Eilan (Newtonmore Shinty Ground) followed by conviviality in the Clan Tent. Marchers meet at Old Ralia at 1:45 pm (Highland Games are held on the Eilan from 10:30 am)

At Home: At Home in the Clan Museum will take place from 4 - 5 pm

Supper from 6 pm

Junior Dancing 7:30 pm

Ceilidh 8 pm

Sunday 2nd August

Church Service: In Kingussie Parish Church 10:30 am

Informal Picnic: At Cairn Site, Glentruim 12:30 pm

Pipes Galore 2:30 pm. Clan pipers will play some of their favourite tunes, as well as talking about the composers and the stories behind the tunes. So often we hear the tunes without understanding the melodies and the events that shaped them. The Great Highland Bagpipe is the only musical instrument that has ever been proscribed as a weapon of war, with the penalty for playing it being death, and many only knowing its stirring marches, yet in the right hands it can be hugely versatile, with styles ranging from laments to reels, from piobaireachd to marches, even Rock! Come along and find the soul of the instrument.

Monday 3rd August

Local walk of interest: meet at 9:30 am, details in the Gathering Guide

Illustrated Museum Talk in Newtonmore Village Hall 2 pm

Dress code

Most events at the Gathering don't have a dress code - just wear what you feel comfortable in for the occasion - the exceptions being the Dinner and Ball and the March on Saturday. The Dinner and Ball is Highland Dress/Black Tie/Formal and the March on Saturday afternoon is Smart Day Wear (kilt for men, with jacket and tie; smart tartan knee-length or slightly longer skirt for women). If wearing headgear please use Highland style (Glengarry, Balmoral, TOS). Please remember that this is a formal march behind the Chief, and attracts attention from local people and visitors so, please, neither mini nor full length skirts, no breeks (trousers), trews nor jeans, no trainers/sneakers, sandals or other casual items, no baseball caps, trilbeys and no pets.

Further Information

Numbers are limited for the events and tickets will be supplied on a first come, first served basis. If fully subscribed a waiting list will operate. Please notify the Secretary as soon as possible if booked tickets are not required, to allow speedy re-allocation.

For additional information on any aspect of the Gathering please contact CMA Secretary at the address listed on the Clan Macpherson Association Officers page.

For information on where to stay and what to do please visit the Newtonmore site on the Web.