2017 Gathering and the Restoration Appeal

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The Gathering is approaching very quickly and the Duart Castle Restoration Appeal wishes to make you aware of its activities planned for the week.

Our task is straightforward – raise £600,000 from the Clan worldwide for the Restoration Fund to save Duart Castle. Collectively this is a significant investment for the Clan and will match funding from other sources.

At the Gathering you will be briefed on the progress of the Appeal and when you visit the Castle you will see for yourselves what has been achieved with the restoration work done so far.

The construction techniques engaged have been well researched and applied by a dedicated team of specialists. They are building for the future by conserving this ancient and imposing structure for Macleans.

Donating to the Restoration Fund

The main source of funds for the Clan component of the Appeal has been from donations from Clans people themselves. Donors from categories such as Guardian, Life Guardian, Patron or Chief’s Circle as explained in the attached Brochure are invited to Aros Hall from Tuesday 20 June to collect their Duart Castle Guardian Badges and other awards as appropriate. New donors and those wanting to top up their contributions to possibly achieve the next category are also very welcome. Donors also may contribute online at any time. You can donate as a couple and if the Guardian level is reached or exceeded, then you and your partner each will be awarded a Guardian badge.

We ask those people who receive Guardian badges to wear them proudly during the week.

If you are at Guardian & above level you will also receive a Certificate signed by the Chief and Malcolm to recognise your support and we ask that you please advise us how you want your name(s) written, e.g. John Maclean or John and Mary Maclean.

Silent Auction Fund Raiser

You have been made aware of our fund raiser with Heli Air helicopter flights and now we would like to introduce you to our Silent Auction to be conducted in the Duart Marquee from 11.30am to 2.00pm (Table 1) and 2.30pm (Table 2). The items (see attached Silent Auction Flyer) generously donated demonstrate an amazing diversity in application and value as well as donors’ imagination. From a Maclean tartan kilt to a week’s accommodation on Mull, from very high quality Whiskies to a one off handcrafted Duart Rowan dirk and from rare books to affordable jewellery and clothing, there is something there for everyone! Who will be the bidder who takes home the Chief’s flag with his personal coat of arms and his written permission to fly? This is a unique and incredible opportunity. Not forgetting the “Jolomo” painting of Duart Castle, how would this look on your wall? Take a Sneak Peek at the items by calling into the Aros Hall on Tuesday where advertising sheets will be displayed or view online at maclean.us.org/news/maclean-news/40-silent-auction-preview. Click on the item name and you will be able to see a photograph and more information if available.

If you aren't able to attend the Silent Auction why don't you have someone who will be present to bid and pay for an item on your behalf!

Importantly, all money raised will go to the Restoration Fund.

Silent Auction Preview

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The Silent Auction will be held Saturday, June 24th, at Duart Castle Marquee from 11:30 - 2:30 (Table 1 closes at 2:00, Table 2 closes at 2:30). A "Sneak Peek" will be held at Aros Hall on Tuesday 9:30-5:30 (Upstairs). Click on any of the items below to see a preview.

Centenary Whisky from the Chief’s Private Collection

Dirk handcrafted from the Rowan Tree inside Duart Castle Courtyard

Helicopter flights for 2 over Duart Castle from Heli Air

Maclean Chief’s Flag that has flown over Duart Castle

Bronze Plaque Beautifully Crafted of Duart Castle

Clan Maclean Tartan Kilt made to measure (8 yards) from Strathmore

Glen Appin Harris Tweed Handbag

1986 Cragganmore Adelphi Whisky

Duart Castle Painting by Jolomo

Scottish Walking Stick (Crummock)

Dougie MacLean Autographed CD Collection (6)

Whisky from Great Southern Distilling Co.

Week Vacation at Park House

First Edition The Clan Maclean

First Edition Clan Gillean (The Macleans)

First Edition Renaissance of the Clan Maclean

Clan Maclean Highland Single Malt Whisky from Global Scotcrest

Eribe Wildflower Blanket Coat

"If you aren't able to attend the Silent Auction why don't you have someone who will be present to bid and pay for an item on your behalf!

Calling Macleans to the Tatoo

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Calling all Macleans to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo!

You may already know that this summer the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is celebrating its world famous performance in A Splash of Tartan, with the Clans of Scotland participating for the first time.

The Clan Maclean’s night is Wednesday 9th August at 9:00pm.

We will be marching on to the esplanade, with our chief, Sir Lachlan Maclean, and it would be wonderful if as many clans people as possible could support the occasion, probably gathering first within the castle walls for the parade.

Clan Maclean tartan will be projected on to the battlements that night.

The only requirement by the Tattoo organizers is that we must all wear some piece of Maclean tartan. Before the Parade and Tattoo, the Clan Maclean Association will arrange a reception in Edinburgh, with a “high tea” or equivalent. We hope to arrange transport up to the castle esplanade from there.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I hope as many as possible will take advantage of it; and support our chief!

With best wishes,
The Very Rev. Allan Maclean of Dochgarroch

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