Creag Dhubh from Glentruim

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CREAG DHUBH
                                              No. 1                                   1949

                                                                                                                                                                

THE ANNUAL OF
THE CLAN MACPHERSON
ASSOCIATION

                                                                                                                                                                

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Dedicated to

Ewen George Macpherson of Cluny Macpherson,

Chief of the Clan, and

Hon. President of the Clan Association.

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FOREWORD.
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      IN response to the wish expressed at the first Annual General Meeting of the Clan Macpherson Association, held in Newtonmore on the 23rd August, 1947, and at the request of the Council, the Editors undertook to issue this first number of " Creag Dhubh," the Annual of the Clan Macpherson Association, pending the appointment of a permanent Editor.

      The Editors had hoped to be able to have the Annual issued in 1948, but necessary preliminaries outwith their control upheld progress until the close of year.

      In the name of I the Council, the Editors send heartiest greetings to fellow Clansmen and Clanswomen in all parts of the world, and express the hope that, as in olden times, to the call of " Creag Dhubh " and under its shadow, the Clan gathered, so may our Annual, " Creag Dhubh " gather our thoughts together and give expression to our aims.

      The Editors hope that this first number will recall happy memories of our first and second Rallies to all who were present, and impart to those who were unable to be there something of the enthusiasm and inspiration of those memorable occasions.

                                                                            MARY A. MACPHERSON)
                                                                                                                                >Editors.
                                                                            ROBERT MACPHERSON, )
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THE HONORARY PRESIDENT.
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      IT has given great satisfaction to all the members of our Clan Association at home and across the seas that Cluny Macpherson, Chief of the Clan, has honoured the Association by accepting office as Honorary President, and that he has given permission to the Association to make use of part of his arms.

      The Lord Lyon King-at-Arms has expressed the opinion that the Association crest should be differenced by the insertion of a scroll having the word "Cluanaldh." In view of this the die for official use, the Banner and Badges are being made with this addition.

      We take this opportunity of putting on record the pleasure it has given to us all that our Chief has so honoured our Association and of expressing to him our loyal greetings.

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CREAG DHUBH.

THE ANNUAL OF THE
CLAN MACPHERSON ASSOCIATION.

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Editors of
First Edition:

Mary A. Macpherson.          Robert Macpherson.

Contributions, advertisements, etc.,
for future editions should be sent to:
Mr Colin C. I. Murdoch,
"Craigroyston," Aberfeldy,
Perthshire.

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CONTENTS.

Page
Editors' Foreword     3
The Cluny Accepts Position of Hon. President     4
The Highlights of the Rally, 1947     7
Photo of Tom Macpherson Chairman of the Association   13
The Officers of the Association On Parade   14
Service of Dedication at St Columa's, Kingussie   17
Sermon: 'The Scottish Clan System and its Influence on
Scottish Life and Culture' by Rev G W K Macpherson
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Obituary: Duncan Macpherson of Glentruim and others   21
Notes: Chief Named Tom Macpherson, Commander of Clan   22
Notes: Sir John Suart Macpherson Appointed Governor-General of Nigeria   22
Notes: Major R T S Macpherson Appointed Chevalier of the Legion d'Honeur   22
Notes:Colin C. I. Murdock Appointed Editor of Creag Dhubh   22
Notes: Advertising Rates for Creag Dhubh   23
Notes: Gifts to the Association (Museum)   23
Highlights of the Rally, 1948   24
Sermon: 'The Precious Things of the Lasting Hills'
by Rev. Robert Macpherson
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The Proramme for the Rally, 1949   28
Reports from the Branches   29
Constitution of the Association   33
Balance Sheet of Association Accounts   36
Photograph of Clan Colour Party, 1947   39
Photograph of the Clan March, 1947   40
List of Members   41
Scots Ancestry Research Society,   52

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This, the first issue of the Annual, is being distributed gratis to an full
members of the Association. In view of the high cost of printing, however,
it will not be possible to issue future numbers free.
Price 2/6d to Non-Members.
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CLAN MACPHERSON ASSOCIATION.

Hon. President:
EWEN GEORGE MACPHERSON of CLUNY MACPHERSON,

Chief of the Clan. Hon. Vice-President:
Sir STEWART MACPHERSON, C.I.E., LL.D., J.P.

COUNCIL.
OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATION.

Chairman :
TOM MACPHERSON, M.P., Fairstead, Great Warley, Essex.

Vice-Chairman :
Col. A. K. MACPHERSON OF PITMAIN, M.V.O., Kingussie.

Hon. Secretary:
NIALL MACPHERSON, M.P., High Larch, Iver Heath, Bucks.

Hon. Treasurer :
A. F. MACPHERSON, W.S., 16 Castle Street, Edinburgh,

Registrar :
NORMAN L. MACPHERSON, 44 Berridale Avenue, Cathcart, Glasgow, S.4.

MEMBERS OF COUNCIL:

BADENOCH- Provost EVAN CATTANACH, Kingussie.

Lt.-Col. ALLAN I. MACPHERSON, Oban.

EAST OF SCOTLAND- D. STEWART MACPHERSON22 Learmonth Crescent, Edinburgh, 4.

HUGH MACPHERSON73 Balgreen Road, Edinburgh, 12.

WEST OF SCOTLAND- Rev. ROBERT MACPHERSON, M.A.Craigrownie Manse, Cove, Dumbartonshire.

HAMISH MACPHERSON,1356 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, S.1,
INVERNESS &
NORTH OF SCOTLAND-
JOHN MACPHERSON,St. Margarets, Midmills Road.

ALLAN G. MACPHERSON, Tigh-Tiorail, 32 Crown Drive.
ENGLAND & WALES- Lt.-Col. DUNCAN 1. MACPHERSON
OF BANCHOR, O.B.E.,
Bideford, Devon.

J. GORDON MACPHERSON,Normans, Great Warley, Brentwood, Essex.
CANADA- Col. G. W. McPHERSON,142 Crichton Street, Ottawa.

Col. E. R. RIVERS MACPHERSON,
O.B.E., F.R.S.A., F.R.G.S.,
16 Delaware Avenue, Ottawa.
NEW ZEALAND- ROBERT McPHERSON, C.B.E. P.O. Box 1280, Christchurch.

DAN MACPHERSONSec. 7, Otahuti R.D., Southland.
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Clan Pipers :
ANGUS MACPHERSON, Invershin.
MALCOLM MACPHERSON, Edinburgh.

Clan Bard
THOMAS CATTANACH, Newtonmore.

Hon. Auditor .
KENNETH N. McPHERSON, C.A., Edinburgh.

Editors of Clan Annual:
MARY A. MACPHERSON, Glasgow.
Rev. ROBERT MACPHERSON, M.A., of Craigrownie.

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THE RALLY, 1947.
     AT eight o'clock on Friday evening, 22nd August, 1947, "the corner" at Newtonmore, at which the Post Office and sweet shop and restaurant of George Macpherson (who is the golf professional and also the present Chairman of the Village Council) face the Village Hall and the 1914-18 War Memorial, was the scene of considerable activity. Kilted men and ladies with tartan sashes were arriving at the door of the hall, under the admiring gaze of onlookers.

      Shortly before 8.15 the door was open and the guests began to file into the Reception organised in the Village Hall by. the Promotional Committee of the Clan Macpherson Association. The guests were received by the Honorary Secretary, Niall Macpherson, M.P. for Dumfries, who announced their names and presented them to the other members of the Promotional Committee present and their wives-Tom Macpherson, M.P. for Romford, the Chairman, Lt.-Col. A. I. Macpherson, the Hon. Treasurer, and Lt. Col. A. K. Macpherson of Pitmain, all four, as befitted the occasion, in Highland evening dress.

      It was a gay spectacle. At either end of the Hall was spread one of the two banners of the Chief of the Clan, acquired from Cluny Castle by Sir Stewart Macpherson, C.I.E., LL.D., and presented to the Association. The front of the platform was draped with Macpherson rugs of the Hunting and Clan tartans, with a Balmoral tartan in the middle, while the side walls were decked with Macpherson and Royal Stewart plaids. On the platform was the life-size crest of the Clan -- a stuffed cat in the correct heraldic posture. The hall had been decorated by Mrs Guthrie, Newtonmore, on behalf of the Entertainments Sub-Committee, which, under the Chairmanship of Lady Macpherson, Newtonmore, was responsible for the splendid arrangements for the Ceilidh, the dance and the refreshments.

      The guests came from all parts. There were Mr Malcolm Macpherson from New York, Mr Angus Macpherson from Toronto, the oldest member present, Mr Donald Macpherson from Kenya, Lt.-Col. Duncan I. Macpherson of Banchor from North Devon, Mr Bruce Macpherson, who was in the Administrative Service in Nigeria and now lives in the Isle of Man. There was also Miss de Becourt from Paris, who was to marry Mr John F. Macpherson, Cove, a fortnight later.

      At 8.30 the Kingussie Pipe Band started to play outside the I-fall, while coffee was served inside. Many members went outside
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to join the listening throng, and all the time they were getting to know each other, renewing old acquaintances, comparing memories and finding common interests.

      At 8.45 the Senior Clan Piper, Angus Macpherson, Inveran, played the Macpherson Gathering. Angus is a notable figure. His grandfather, his father, the far-famed Calum Piobaire, his brother John and himself were pipers successively to the Chiefs at Cluny Castle, and he himself was also Piper to Andrew Carnegie, the millionaire benefactor of Scotland who at one time was tenant of Cluny. No less renowned as a dancer than as a piper, Angus is a Highlander of rare distinction and dignity. His son Malcolm, the junior Clan Piper, carries on the century-old family tradition unbroken.

     Immediately afterwards, Tom Macpherson, M.P., made a short speech welcoming the members:
     "It was a long time since the Clan had met together in such numbers as to-night, the minds of the company naturally went to those romantic days of 200 years ago and more when the Clan and Cluny held sway here in Badenoch, our ancestral home.

      "The Rally had been organised in connection with the formation of the Clan Association. Its objects were to promote and foster the Clan Spirit, and preserve the sentiments and traditions of the Clan at home and abroad. The Clan Association would be officially formed the following day.

      "There was a lot of work to be done. It was important that steps should be taken to provide a permanent Clan Centre which would not only be a rallying point for members of the Clan Macpherson from home and abroad, but also would enable us to house our relics and articles of historical interest under suitable conditions."

      Mr Macpherson expressed thanks on behalf of the Committee to the many Macphersons and their friends who were co-operating to make the Rally possible. The presence of so many Macphersons in the district would be a great tax upon the hotels, trades people and householders in Newtonmore, Kingussie and district. He said everyone seemed to be vying with each other to do all they could for the comfort and pleasure of their guests, and to be showing them Highland hospitality.

      Thanks were also due to the Officers and Members of the Badenoch Branch of the Association, to Duncan and Mrs Macpherson of Glentruim for their invitation to visit Glentruim, to the Newtonmore Highland Games Committee and to the many others who were working so enthusiastically to make the Rally and March a success.

      Mr Macpherson concluded: " One final word. At the conclusion of this Rally and when the programme of the next few days has been completed, I hope we shall go home to our own places refreshed in body and spirit with the fellowship we have enjoyed with our fellow Clansmen and the contact we have had
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with the beauty and inspiration of our own Macpherson country. Then the doors were flung open to the public and the dance began. The popularity of the occasion was not in doubt. Dancers could scarcely breathe, let alone move. Yet somehow, they managed not only to do Eightsomes, Strathspeys, Valetas, Old Fashioned Waltzes, the Gay Gordons and many other dances, ancient and modern, but to enjoy them. The Newtonmore Band was in tremendous form and when they got tired, we waltzed to the Pipes of Dugald Campbell, and so on until 2 a.m.

     Everybody knew that the success of the Rally would depend in no small measure on the weather. Would the incredibly long succession of brilliant sunny days continue? It did. It was under a blue sky that members of the Association came to the Village Hall for the First Annual General Meeting. The hall had undergone a transformation. The walls and platform were still decorated, but the floor was covered with rows of "fauteuils" from which the inhabitants are wont to behold the loves of Joan Fontaine or the tantrums of Bette Davis.

      Thirty-three members from the North of Scotland, 22 from the East, 10 from the West, and 23 from the rest of the United Kingdom attended the meeting -- 88 in all.

      Tom Macpherson was voted into the Chair on the proposal of Brigadier G. P. S. Macpherson, O.B.E., London, seconded by Provost Evan Cattanach, Kingussie, and moved the formation of the Association, explaining its origin and purposes. Rev. David L. Cattanach, Hobkirk, seconded and the motion was carried unanimously. As a summary of the Chairman's speech appears in the Minutes, it is sufficient to say that he placed on record the fact that we already have over 300 members, 4 branches in this country, a branch in New Zealand with centres in Auckland, Christchurch and Invercargill, and another branch in course of formation in Canada.

      The next thing was to have a Constitution. Niall Macpherson, M.P., moved it and after some questions directed towards ensuring that the real Headquarters of the Association would remain in the Highlands, it was carried unanimously.

      Then came the election of office-bearers. Tom Macpherson, M.P., London, was elected Chairman; Lt.-Col. A. K. Macpherson, of Pitmain, M.V.O. (Chairman of the North of Scotland branch). Vice-Chairman; Niall Macpherson, M.P., Newtonmore and London, Honorary Secretary; and A. Fraser Macpherson, W.S., Edinburgh, Honorary Treasurer.

      After that the banner of the Association was unfurled, and both the banner and the badge of the Association were unanimously approved.

      Finance came next. The retiring Honorary Treasurer, Lt.-Col. A. I. Macpherson, announced a balance of £371; but that is not nearly enough to achieve the immediate proposals of the Association -- the establishment of a home of the Clan in Badenoch, where
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the heirlooms and treasures can be housed. One of these days a special appeal for finance will be made, said the Chairman. So. like the Chancellor of the Exchequer, we say "Save."

      At the end of the proceedings Mr John Macpherson, Nairn, presented a cane carried by the 22nd Chief throughout the Ashanti Campaign. Other gifts have already been made, such as the Cluny Charter Chest given by Mr Tom Cattanach, Newtonmore, and the two banners and several other articles from Cluny by Sir Stewart Macpherson; for which the Association is most grateful. May this be an example to our members and potential members to present or bequeath in their wills to the Association articles of historical, biographical or cultural interest to the Clan.

      The climax of the Rally was the March of the Clan Association. In preparation for it, members of the Clan gathered in the Newtonmore School Yard on Saturday at 2 p.m., under the direction of Lt.-Col. A. K. Macpherson of Pitmain, whom the Promotional Committee had appointed Marshal for the occasion. The village was thronged with visitors and inhabitants watching the column being formed. It was to march along the village street to the Balavil Arms, then to the right past the tennis courts, across the upper part of the golf course, across the railway bridge and down into the valley of the Spey, where the Newtonmore Highland Games were in progress.

      Let us leave the column and take a glimpse at the Games. Those who know Newtonmore will recall the 7th and the 16th holes on the golf course. It was there that the 440 yards track was marked out by little Union jacks, surrounded by the spectators' ringside seats. At the near end was the dancing platform. At the far end the bagpipe competitions took place. In between there were sprinting ' and jumping, the Caber was tossed, the hammer and the weights were thrown-in fact all the traditional tests of agility, skill and strength of Highland Games. Union jacks and Scottish Standards waved proudly at intervals around the barrier. And at the approaches were all manner of stalls to satisfy the hunger, thirst and appetite for excitement of the crowds.

      To those who do not know Newtonmore, let it be said that this gay scene was cast in one of the loveliest villages in Scotland, 'where the Spey winds its way beside a green slope on its right, lightly covered with silver birch, while on its left a broad green valley stretches over the railway to the village of Newtonmore, nestling amongst pine trees on rising ground beyond. To the East lies the majestic massif of the Cairngorms ; to the South the rest of the Grampian range ; to the West the Black Rock of the Macphersons, Creag Dhubh; and to the North the Monadh Liath with their long grey-green coasts sweeping round to the heather purple slopes of Creag Mhor. In whatever direction you look, you raise your eyes to the hills.

      Here, then, at twenty minutes past two, judges, competitors and spectators awaited the arrival of the column. A handkerchief
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was waved from the " 3rd tee." The column was coming. Above the hubbub in the valley rose the stirring notes of Macpherson's Lament, one of the most rousing Marches. And then the column came into view winding down the mound on to the golf course. Lt.-Col A. K. Macpherson of Pitmain led the way, a striking figure with his Hunting Macpherson kilt, bright blue tweed jacket, red-bobbed balmoral, and claymore at his side. Behind him came the famous Glasgow Police Pipe Band wearing the Royal Stewart tartan and surmounted by Highland feather bonnets. Then came the Colour Party, composed of six stalwart clansmen : Brigadier G. P. S. Macpherson, O.B.E., famous as Captain of Scotland's Rugby Football team fifteen years ago, Major Colin Murdoch, and Messrs John Macpherson, Inverness, Robin Macpherson, Cheltenham, Donald Macpherson, Kenya, and Gordon Macpherson, the son of the Chairman.

      Behind them in column of threes marched the Association, led by Tom Macpherson, M.P., the Chairman, Angus Macpherson, the Senior Clan Piper, Captain John H. Cattanach, Provost Evan Cattanach, Lt.-Col. Allan I. Macpherson, and Sir Stewart Macpherson, all of whom had taken a prominent part in the organisation of the Rally. Behind them came Ewan Macpherson, nephew of Glentruim, Captain W. D. Cheyne-Macpherson of Dalchully, and Lt.-Col. Duncan I. Macpherson of Banchor. But the Association marched in no order of precedence, and many distinguished clansmen proudly took their place in the column, caring not where. The second part of the column consisted of the Youth -- a happy throng, rather than a column-accompanied by their Mothers and even their Grandmothers, wearing the tartan. The column marched around the field and halted opposite the finishing post, where Col. M. B. H. Ritchie, D.S.O., the President of the Games Committee, stood ready to receive them. Behind him were gathered the members of the Games Committee and the athletes, pipers and dancers competing at the Games. When the officers of the Association and Chairmen of the branches had formed up in front of the column, Col. Ritchie addressed the Association in a clear and resonant voice and said :--
      " The Committee of the Newtonmore Highland Games and, indeed, all who live in the Macpherson country, welcome most cordially this Gathering of their famous Clan. It is a historic occasion today, when the children of Muirich have come back to the Glen of their forefathers, back to yonder stately mountain from which they took their famous Slogan, a war-cry that rang out across many a battle field in the olden times.

      Is e onoir fior mhor a tha air a Clur orm an diugh, 's mi 'nam sheasamh an so a' cur failte air a' chruinneachadh ainmeil so, 's chruinneachadh mor Clann Mhuirich.
      Tha sibh air ais antis a'ghleann far an d'fhuair at sinnsearan an arach -- air ais fo sgail nam fuar bheann

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     boidheach so. Is e ainm nam fuar bheann so a ghabh Claim Mhuirich mar facal-brosnachadh agus is tric a bha ant-ainm sin sin a' chluinntinn ann an iomadh cath is blar sios troimh na linntinn.

      "Here, we know your Clan history; the fight at nearby Inverhavon ; that of Falkirk; and the sharp rearguard action in the gloaming at Clifton, down in England. In the long vista of Highland Clanship years signify little ; these actions are of yesterday; but Clanship and Chiefship continue ever, to-day and to-morrow.

      "And to-day we pay honour to the House of Cluny and all its branches. Remember, that no Cluny ever evicted a Clansman in the wicked days of the Clearances. In particular let us honour the memory of Cluny of the Forty-Five, who lost all, gave all, in the cause of his rightful Sovereign, but gained unforgettable merit in the nobility of his sacrifice. And honour also the deep and steadfast loyalty of the people of Badenoch : through nine years of search no man or woman betrayed Cluny ; they scorned to accept the bribes of his persecutors. That integrity exists to-day as strong as two centuries ago.

     "'Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn.' And may the Mountain Grandeur of Craigdhu be your inspiration in time of trial, as it-was to your forebears. And may our Scotland ever be proud of her Clan Mhuirich, that has contributed so much to her advancement, to her history, and to her renown." "Creag Dhubh Chlann Chatain! "

      The Chairman of the Association then stepped forward and said in reply :--
      "We are grateful to the Newtonmore Highland Games Committee for the opportunity to hold this Rally of our Clan in the heart of the Macpherson country.

      "As the lines in your Games programme so aptly say:--
               Right in the Chattan country
               Full of Macpherson lore,
               True home of the clansmen,
               Bonnie Newtonmore.'
      To-day the clan is dispersed all over the world, but emigration or absence has not weakened the ties which bind them to the homeland. Particularly in New Zealand and Canada, Macphersons are meeting or thinking of us at this moment. (He read cables of greeting from branches at Christchurch, Invercargill and Ottawa).

     "In the old days it was a matter of some moment when the Macphersons went on the march, doubtless leaving anxious hearts behind them and undoubtedly creating some perturbation in the breasts of those against whom they marched. To-day we march in peace, with no other design than to celebrate the formation of our Clan Association. I hope that
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Photo of Tom Macpherson, MP
Chairman of he Association

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At the 1947 Rally -- Left to Right Mr Tom Macpherson, MP; Col. A. K. N. Macpherson, M.V.O.; Sir Stewart Macpherson, C.I.E., L.L.D., J.P.; Lt.-Col. Allan I. Macpherson; Provost Evan Cattanach of Kingusie; Major Niall Macpherson, M.P.; Dr. Archd. Macpherson; A.F. Macpherson, W.S.

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Macphersons everywhere at home and abroad will join the Association so that our Clan will continue to be one great family united in the bonds of blood and name in a common loyalty and -fellowship. In the sight of this great gathering of friends and neighbours, we Macphersons, together with our adherents, pledge ourselves to continue to be worthy and loyal members of the clan and to treasure and faithfully pass on the great traditions we have inherited."

      At the end of this speech, the Newtonmore Gaelic Choir, a gay little group of men and women all wearing the kilt, sang "Clans of the Gael, shoulder to shoulder" with gusto and good effect. Great raise is due to the choir and in particular to its vigorous and charming conductor, Miss Margot Campbell.

      With that, the Colour Party moved off in a series of evolutions which would have done credit to the Scots Guards: the Column dispersed, and the Games were resumed.

      One feature of the Games was a race to the top of a nearby hill beyond the Spey. It had been suggested that the course should go to the top of Creag Dhubh and back, but fears were expressed that the only entrant would be Major R. T. Macpherson, M.C., the Oxford runner, and even he in the end was unable to be present.

      This, the first Rally of the Clan Macpherson Association, was held in conjunction with the Second Annual Newtonmore Highland Games. We take this opportunity of expressing. our great appreciation of the co-operation of the Games Committee.

      In the evening the Association gathered again to participate in a Ceilidh, which had been arranged by Lad), Macpherson, Newtonmore, and her Committee. Some of our members nurtured in the South, had come not without misgiving. They left entranced. They were astonished and delighted by the wealth of talent of the performers and the quiet dignity and good sense of Fear-an-Tighe, Angus Macpherson, Inveran. Well might they be, for among the artistes were several Mod medallists, not to mention Ian 'Macpherson, the Scottish baritone, and Malcolm Macpherson, the junior Clan Piper. Again the Newtonmore Gaelic Choir delighted us with. their excellent singing, so also did Dugald Campbell with his Whimsical Highland -and Lowland recitations. The assembly also heard with great appreciation Miss Rhoda Macpherson, Inverness, sing Gaelic songs to her own accompaniment on the clarsach. Among the singers were Duncan Macpherson, grandson of the bard Domhnall's a' chnuic, who the day before had won both the open and the local events at the Badenoch sheep-dog trials; Mrs Evan 'Cattanach, the wife of the Provost of Kingussie, and her daughter, aged fifteen, whose singing was especially applauded; Mrs Rose Stewart, who has inherited the musical gifts of her father John Macpherson, Champion Piper and for many years a familiar figure in Newtonmore; Tom Cattanach, the Bard of Newtonmore, with a remarkable tenor voice; and Margot Campbell, the conductor of the choir, who sang sweetly in Gaelic. Edith Macpherson, a most
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accomplished teacher of dancing, and Mrs Mackinnon, Kingussie, who as Margaret MacGilp is well-known to B.B.C. listeners as a Gaelic singer, gave the audience a rare treat when she regaled them with a port-a-beul, a "mouth" tune, with words to which the Strathspey reel Reel of Tulloch are traditionally danced. Lastly, the familiar feature of the Ceilidh, the oatcakes and crowdie were not forgotten at the interval, thanks to the generosity of Mrs Macpherson of Balavil,. and the work of Miss Jean Macpherson; and if the shortage of the material beverage prevented a drop of " the water of life " from being passed around, Mrs McRostie and her helpers made up for its absence with a very good cup of tea.

      Sunday morning also dawned clear and bright and the old Parish Church of St. Columba in Kingussie, available for the Clan Service through the good offices of the Very Rev. Dugald Macfarlane, D.D., minister there for over 40 years, was well filled with members of the Clan in addition to the ordinary worshippers. The prayers were taken by the Rev. Robert Macpherson, Cove, Chairman of the West of Scotland Branch, while the Lessons were read by Lt.Col. A. K. Macpherson of Pitmain and Sir Stewart Macpherson. A very beautiful sermon was preached by the Rev. G. W. K. Macpherson, Jedburgh: Numbers XXXVI., 8, on the text -- "That the children of Israel may enjoy every man the inheritance of his fathers." The collection was devoted to the fund for the new organ, played on this occasion by Niall Macpherson, M.P.

      In the afternoon the Association was entertained to tea by Duncan J. and Mrs Macpherson of Glentruim in their lovely home between the waters of the Spey and the Truim. The tower of Glentruim House commands one of the most wonderful views in the world. Our hosts were assisted by Mrs Norman Macpherson and her family, Miss Marie and Ewan Macpherson.

      On Monday morning some fifty members visited Am Fasgadh, Kingussie, the Folk Museum of Highland culture and craft, established by Dr. I. F. Grant, the well-known Scottish writer and antiquarian. Dr. Grant gave us a most cordial welcome and made our visit extremely interesting. The object of her collection, which she has been amassing for 30 years, she told us, was to try and show how our ancestors lived; and in truth she has succeeded, even to the extent of building actual life-size cottages of the traditional types existing in the Central Highlands and the Western Isles. After the visit she wrote to the present writer: "When I saw your people and especially the kilted men going in and out of the little houses, I really thought that my dream (of re-creating the past) had materialised. . . At one particular moment the grouping composed itself into a picture of extraordinary beauty . . . Some special part of the fourth cottage, which I much hope to build, will be catalogued as from members of the Clan Macpherson."

      Our last visit was to Cluny Castle, where Captain and Mrs Peter Lindsay, the present owners, received us with the greatest
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kindness and hospitality. It was a great thrill for our clansmen to gather on the lawn, visit the Cluny burial place in St. Ternan's Cemetery, walk round the Castle grounds and finally have tea in the Castle. Cluny Castle is in good hands. Much land has been reclaimed, fine crops are growing in the Spey valley, where marshes were even a year or two ago, and fine crossed Highland cattle are grazing on the newly-drained uplands. Captain Lindsay has expressed his willingness to hand over to the Association the Cluny burial ground, the last resting place of the five last Chiefs of the Clan, and of Albert Cameron Macpherson, the last Laird of Cluny. To Captain and Mrs Lindsay we extend our warm thanks for their generosity.

     Finally, a few of the more venturesome and agile members tackled the climb to Cluny's Cave on Creag Dhubh, among them the brothers Colonels Duncan and Allan Macpherson of Banchor, whose combined ages totalled one hundred and twenty years. Mr Hugh Macpherson of Brantford, Ontario, who, now lives in Edinburgh, also reached the Cave and went on to climb Creag Dhubh. (Next time he will no doubt have studs and tackets in his shoes!) The ascent to the Cave is by way of a steep, bracken-covered, birchwooded slope. The Cave itself is reached by a grassy ledge, a few yards in length with sheer cliffs above and below -- not an easy place to reach (even supposing you had found it) if the man in the Cave did not want you there!

      There is no doubt that the Chairman's anticipation proved correct. Those who attended the Rally went away refreshed in spirit, having renewed their links with the past and made new friends among their fellow clansmen. Next time we shall look forward to welcoming clansmen from still further afield, and many of those who came this year will be there again.
                                                                                           NIALL MACPHERSON.

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SERVICE OF DEDICATION

Held in St. Columba's Church, Kingussie,
On 24th August, 1947.

      THROUGH the kindness of the Kirk Session, the Service of Dedication of our Clan Association was held in fellowship with the congregation of St. Columba's Church. A very large congregation gathered for worship.

      The Service was conducted by the Rev. Robert Macpherson, M.A., of Craigrownie, the Sermon was preached by the Rev. G. W. K. Macpherson, B.D., of Jedburgh. The Lessons were read by Lt.-Col. A. K. Macpherson, of Pitmain, M.V.O., and Sir Stewart Macpherson, C.I.E., LL.D., J.P., and Major Niall. Macpherson, M. P., presided at the organ.
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The Order of Service was as follows:--

Psalm 122. Jackson 74.

Prayer of Access and Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the Departed.

Lesson, Ezekiel 33: 1-11.

Hymn 215.

Lesson. Revelation 7: 1-12.

Prayer of Confession and Dedication
and The Lord's Prayer.

Psalm 121. French 61.

Prayer of Intercession and Thanksgiving.

Hymn 633.

Sermon. Numbers 36: 8.

Prayer of Commendation.

The Offering.

Paraphrase 2. Kilmarnock 75.

Benediction.

The Offering was on behalf of the Organ Fund of St. Columba's Church.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION.

      "0 God, our Heavenly Father, who callest upon us to commit unto Thee every concern of our life, as we are here gathered near the hallowed spot where in ancient time, our forefather, from whom we took our name, proclaimed Thy Gospel, we commend unto Thee our Clan Association. Let Thy blessing abide upon it and upon all its members here and in all places where they dwell. May it be the means, of enriching its members through the sacred memories of the past, a source of true fellowship and mutual blessing in the present and an inspiration to all of us to make straight paths for the feet of those who shall bear our name in days to come. Accept us as now we dedicate ourselves to Thy service through Jesus Christ our Lord to Whom with Thee and the Holy Spirit we ascribe all praise and glory now and evermore. Amen."

      The Rev. G. W. K. Macpherson, B.D., of Jedburgh took as his subject "The Scottish Clan System and its Influence on Scottish Life and Character," the text being "That the Children of Israel may enjoy every man the inheritance of his fathers," Numbers 36:8. or as he put it, "That the Clans (of Israel) might each preserve their own inheritance."

      In introducing his subject he spoke of the long road of Clan History that led to sacred places and held imperishable memories and the need to revive in our hearts the old Clan Spirit as we face the road before us with a stiff hill to climb. He reminded us that the Clan or tribal system prevailed among the Chosen People of God, and if it gave rise to jealousies it also served to create rivalries of the finest orders and fostered a distinctive tribal culture, a fine loyalty and a deep devotion to Jehovah, Israel's God. We continue the theme of his sermon in his own words.

      "If, at times, the Clan System in Scotland was a source of weakness, in the final reckoning its gains far exceed its losses. Pride of Clan was, in Scotland, a dynamic force by which the distinctive character of its people was moulded and from which it derived some of its finest qualities. Let us note some of these.
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      " In the first place, it is to the Clan System that we may attribute our Scottish fervour for independence. The Clan Chief, respected and beloved, was never allowed to become an autocrat. While he could rely upon the passionate and even tragic loyalty of his clansmen, it was by consent and not by force that his authority prevailed. Each Clan developed its own peculiar tribal cult, shunning mimicry, fervently upholding its own traditions, customs and dress-even today the Highland Regiments, carefully preserving their hundred and one distinctions of dress, are the despair of Regimental tailors. Nor has any other system achieved a closer bond of brotherhood between men than the old Clan System, linking men by blood ties, so that each was somebody and not just anybody. It was a system that brought to all Clansmen a sense of significance and worth, which is the very essence of a vital independence.

      "Again it is to the Clan System that we may largely attribute the Trustworthiness of the Scot; not only the welfare of the Clan, but its very existence might rest on the fact that every clansman could be absolutely trusted, so that the trustworthiness of the Highlander has become an epic theme of song and fiction: if at times this rock-like fidelity to trust led the Clans to embark upon hopeless and tragic enterprises it stood the Scot in good stead when, in later years, he went out to colonise the Empire.

      "Other characteristics of the Clansman were his enterprise and resourcefulness. These may not have been the direct result of the Clan System so much as of the life the Clansman lived; on the lowest level he had to be resourceful to protect his lands, crops and cattle from marauding hostile clans-no worse, surely, than those of Border Reivers. On a higher level enterprise was required to cultivate the sparse and not very kind earth which was his domain, and to traverse the trackless moors and mountains. On a higher level still the fortunes and misfortunes of Clan life, involving as they did every Clansman, called for initiative, enterprise and resourcefulness in order that the life of the Clan might be adequately maintained.

      "Lastly, and most obvious of all, it was under the Clan System that the Highlander acquired that passionate loyalty that has been his chief distinction. Loyalty to the clan was inbred in the clansman and for its honour and saving he gladly poured forth his blood; and still, to-day, across the four seas the Highlander remains a Clansman, proud of his Clan, zealous for its traditions, warmhearted to his fellow clansmen.

     "There are those who hold that the lesser loyalties of life militate against the wider loyalties and that we must abandon the lesser loyalties in order to display the wider loyalties -- so they would have us subordinate family ties to communal ties, Clan ties to racial ties, and national ties to international ties -- but there are others
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of us who believe that it is by strengthening the lesser loyalties that we best serve to strengthen the greater loyalties; that the man who values family ties will make the best citizen, the ardent Clansman, the best patriot and the true patriot, the best member of a world-wide society. In this we have weighty evidence to support us, for how many of the great benefactors of humanity have been men of strong racial loyalties and warm home sympathies. Who would suggest that the Clansmen of old were lacking in loyalty to the Stewart Cause? Where shall we find greater devotion to country and the cause of human freedom than among the Highland Regiments at Beaumont Hamel or St. Valerie? Or, supremely, was it not from the lips of humanity's greatest benefactor that there sounded forth the words which stand in history as the supreme expression of national patriotism 0 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered thee to me, as a hen gathereth her chickens, but ye would not.'

      "Let no one, then, imagine that in seeking to revive Clan loyalty we are in any way militating against the wider loyalties of life. We are not without instances of men who have been so engrossed in theoretic internationalism that they have merited the scathing rebuke of Canning:

                           "A steady patriot -of -the -world-alone,
                            The friend of every country but his own

      What we need is not mere internationalism, but internationalism fired with the spirit of Clan Loyalty.

     "Today, then, one would welcome any effort to revive the Clan Spirit and fervently ask God's Blessing on our own Clan Association, not for any partisan motive, but in the hope that in this way we may help to bring back into our standardised and regimented age some of the great human qualities we are in danger of losing.

     "Just think what it would mean if we could bring back to Scottish life and character those towering qualities which distinguished it under the old Clan System, its proud independence, its rock-like trustworthiness, its flair for enterprise, its passionate loyalty! To be sure, there is a Clansmanship that creates jealousy, that revels in dead traditions, that feeds on malice and expresses itself in vain pomp and boastfulness ; one would not keep that alive, but there is a, Clansmanship that must never die, to be devoted to the highest traditions of your Clan, to be proud of them, to be grateful for them, to seek to live up to them and be worthy of them, and because of them to play an honourable part in the life of the nation and the world-that is great clansmanship. May it never end.

      "I referred earlier to the division of Israel into twelve Tribes. Let me close at the other end of Scripture, where the Seer of Patmos, in prophetic vision, pictures the last Muster of the Clans -- did you notice as we read of it, an equal number of each Clan, lest one might deem itself superior -- a great multitude which no man
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could number of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues standing before the Throne of God offering themselves in loyalty to the great Righ, the Chieftain of all mankind? Let that be the vision that inspires us in our clanship -- the vision of a day when, the past forgiven but never forgotten, all the Clans shall bring their gifts and achievements as their tribute of 'ceilsinne' to the Throne of God and they shall bring the honour of the clans and nations to His Kingdom. Let our little aims be caught up into the sweep of God's Great Purpose; let our imperfect efforts be galvanized by His Strength."

                           To-day is the hour of your call,
                            Dark-fated Sons of the North.
                          Heed well the Almighty's voice,
                           Hear when God summons you forth.

                           A trust of measureless worth
                           God lays now in your hands,
                           A trust for the whole world,
                          East and Western lands,

                          Northmen awake! lest you fail
                           To obey this full-destinied word
                           To obey in the hour of your call
                           To obey your Lord and your God.

                                               -- Translated from the Swedish of Bertil Malmberg.

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OBITUARY.

      We record with deep sorrow the death of Duncan Macpherson of Glentruim, the head of one of the branches of the Clan and a keen member of the Association. The fourth Glentruim, he maintained his family's tradition by serving in both the South African and the first World War. Glentruim will be greatly missed, particularly in Badenoch, where he was "the last Macpherson of the Chief's blood to hold heritable land in the country of the Macphersons." The Association was represented at the funeral by Col. A. K. Macpherson, of Pitmain, M.V.O., Senior Chieftain of the Clan. Our sympathy goes out to Mrs Macpherson in her bereavement.

      To Mr Daniel Macpherson of Cluny Cottage, Dunoon, one of the most active of our West of Scotland members, we also extend our deep sympathy on the loss of his wife.

      We also regret to record the deaths of Mr D. R. Macpherson, 12 Hillside Avenue, Bearsden; Mr John F. Macpherson, of Harrow; Mr John R. Macpherson, 141 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh; Mr John Macpherson, Ralia, Inverness, founder of the famous Sports Emporium; and Mr John Macpherson, Braeview Crescent, Dunedin, New Zealand; all of whom were founder-members and generous supporters of the Association. To their relatives we tender our deepest sympathy.
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NOTES.

COMMANDER OF THE CLAN.
      Our Chairman, Mr Tom Macpherson, M.P., has received a letter from the Chief --Cluny Macpherson in Australia -- appointing him Commander of the Clan in Great Britain in the absence of the Chief, and to lead the Clan at any Gathering, etc.

BRATACH UAINE
      The famous Green Banner of the Clan Macpherson, which was purchased for the Association at the sale of Cluny Castle heirlooms, has recently been repaired and renovated and is hanging in the Saloon of Messrs Doig, Wilson & Wheatley, 90 George Street, Edinburgh, where it may be seen by any members of the Clan who are interested.

APPOINTMENT.
      Sir John Stuart Macpherson, K.C.M.G., has been appointed Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria. Sir John's family originated in Badenoch and went to Edinburgh via Morayshire. A son of the late James P. Macpherson, Esq., J.P., Sir John was educated at George Watson College and Edinburgh University. He served in the First World War in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and joined the Malay Civil Service in 1921. In 1927 he became Principal Assistant Chief Secretary, Nigeria, and two years later was chosen for the difficult and responsible task of Chief Secretary in Palestine. So well did he fulfil the duties of that office that in 1943 he was chosen to be Head of the British Colonies Supply Mission in Washington and joint Chairman of the Anglo-American Carribean Commission. At the end of the war the expert knowledge and experience that he had acquired in the West Indies led to his appointment as Comptroller for Development and Welfare in that area.

      Now he has been selected as Governor-General of the most populous territory in the Empire apart from the United Kingdom itself.

      The Association warmly congratulate him and wish him well in his great task.

HONOUR.
      Major R. T. S. [Tommy] Macpherson, M.C., The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders (T.A.), whose gallant work with the French Maquis and the Italian irregulars in North-East Italy has already been recognised by the award of the Croix de Guerre with Palm, and the Star of Italy, has now been honoured by appointment to the grade of Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW EDITOR.
      We are happy to announce that, before we completed our temporary task of producing the first number of "Creag Dhubh," the Council bail secured as permanent Editor Mr Colin C. I. Murdoch, whom we have pleasure in introducing to our readers.

      Mr Murdoch, whose family originated in the Elgin district, is the son of the late George C. Murdoch, Clergyman of the Episcopal Church and a grandson of Canon Alexander D. Murdoch who founded All Saints Episcopal Church, Edinburgh.

      Canon Murdoch edited Macpherson's Loyall Dissuasive with notes
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and introduction from originals at Cluny Castle. He was also part Editor with Simpson and translator of Wishart's Life of Montrose. He was a member of the Scottish History Society and of the old Clan Chattan Association. On the distaff side of the family Mr Murdoch has another literary connection with Lewis Carroll.

      Mr Murdoch, who is a native of Perth, was educated at Edinburgh Academy. He served in the Army from 1939 to 1946 in the 11th and 4/5 Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers and held the rank of Captain. He was wounded in 1945, but is still able to follow his main interests, hill-climbing, reading, writing, drawing and bird-watching, and by profession he is a writer and naturalist.

      Our Clan Association is most fortunate in securing as our future Editor one whose profession is writing and who has inherited not only a literary tradition, but also that beloved and mystical thing, loyalty to the Clan. On your behalf we welcome Mr Murdoch to the Editor's chair.
                                                                                                            -- THE EDITORS.

CREAG DHUBH. The Annual of the Association.
      While recognising that the Annual will constitute the best possible means of furthering the interests of the Association, the Clan Council wishes to make it clear that it will impose a very heavy financial burden on our limited resources. The gross cost of printing and postage is likely to be around 2/6 a copy. It is hoped the advertising will reduce the cost and that this source of revenue will grow.

Advertisements inserted at the following rates Full page, £5 5s 0d; Half page, £3 Os 0D; Quarter page, £1 1s 6d; Inside cover, £7 7s 0D. The Council appeals to members to support the Annual not only by contributing articles of historical, genealogical or topographical interest, but by forwarding news of members and other Clansmen; including births, deaths, and marriages; appointments, distinctions, degrees and honours. All communications should be addressed to the Editor, Mr Colin C. I. Murdoch, Craigroyston, Aberfeldy.

GIFTS TO THE ASSOCIATION.
     The following gifts have made a valuable addition to the Clan treasures . --
           € A picture of the late Cluny donated by Mrs Stacey of Boddington Manor, Gloucestershire.

          € A copy of the book Soldiering in India, 1764-1787, containing extracts from the journals and letters of Lt.Col. Allan Macpherson of Blairgowrie, and Lt.Col. John Macpherson, his brothers, edited by the late William Charles Macpherson, C.S.I., a distinguished member of the Indian Civil Service and an enthusiastic clansman. It has been presented to the Association by his widow. The son of the author, Brig. A. D. Macpherson, D.S.O., M.C., R.A., gave distinguished service in both wars, in keeping with the record for many generations of the Blairgowrie branch, which stands high in the ranks of cadets of the Chief's family.

          € Mr Duncan Macpherson, Kyle of Lochalsh, has presented a copy of his book Gateway to Skye upon which we congratulate him. The Association acknowledges these gifts with thanks and real appreciation.
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THE RALLY, 1948.
      THE second Rally, which took place during the 20th to 22nd August, 1948, was held in the same setting and followed similar lines to that of 1947, of which we have such a fine and vivid description in the article by Major Niall Macpherson, M.P.

      On this occasion we give a summary of the events and a record of the speeches made.

      The Rally opened on Friday evening with a Reception followed by a Highland Ball held in the Village Hall, Newtonmore.

      On Saturday morning there was a meeting of the Clan Council followed by the Annual General Meeting.

      The meeting received with much pleasure the news conveyed in a letter from Cluny that he was very pleased to accept the Hon. Presidency of the Clan Association.

      At 2 p.m. the members assembled outside the Mains Hotel and marched to the Dell where the Newtonmore Highland Games were in progress. The March was headed by the Pipe Band of the Highland Brigade Training Centre, followed by the Colour Party. Those forming the Colour Party were:
           Brig. G. P. S. Macpherson, Standard-Bearer;
            John Macpherson, Chairman, Inverness Branch;
            Allan G. Macpherson, Hon. Secretary, Inverness Branch;
            A. I. S. Macpherson, Chairman, East of Scotland Branch;
            Hugh Macpherson, Hon. Secretary, East of Scotland Branch;
            Hamish Macpherson, Hon. Secretary, West of Scotland Branch;
            Ian J. L. Macpherson, East of Scotland Branch;
            Stewart M. Macpherson, West of Scotland Branch;
            Capt. John Cattanach, Badenoch Branch.

     The March was led by Mr Tom Macpherson, M.P., then followed the Clan Council and members of the Clan Association. They were received on the field by Lt.-Col. Ritchie, the Chairman, and members of the Committee of the Newtonmore Highland Games. Lt.-Col. Ritchie spoke the following words of welcome:

FHIR THREIN AGUS A MHUINNTIR CHLOINN MHUIRICH!

Bho'n chruinneachadh so tha sinn a' cur ceud mile failt' oirbh Tha sinn fior thoilicht' ar faicinn an so a ris, agus tha sinn a' cur failt' air a' Chlann sin a chaidh arach o siol Bhaideanach agus a thog "Creag Dhubh" thairis air iomadh blar sios troimh na linntean.

CAPTAIN OF THE CLAN, CLANSMEN AND CLANSWOMEN OF CLANN MHUIRICH!

      All of us here to-day extend to you a very hearty welcome to the Games. It is a stirring sight to see this Gathering of a proud Clan, proud of its history, proud of its fine Spirit of Clanship, that has knit you into a Highland Brotherhood close woven as the strands of your own Clan Tartan.

      A Gathering such as this has an inspiring effect, In your ranks are Highlanders from all professions, from Gaidhealtachd and from Galldachd from across the seas, standing shoulder to shoulder on your native sward of Badenoch. Though your Chief be over the water, though
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ancestral lands have passed from him, it is good to know that the ancient heritage is in kind and capable hands, and that the Spirit of the Clan burns as fiercely within you as when your forebears marched South from Cluny in the heroic episode of the 'Forty-Five. Scotland admires you for your Pride of Race. Welcome again! ceud mile failte! Clann Mhuirich gu brath! Creag dhubh Chlann Chatain!

      Mr Tom Macpherson, M.P., made the following reply:
           Colonel Ritchie, Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of the Clan Macpherson Association, I thank you for the kind and inspiring words of welcome which you have addressed to us this afternoon. We are proud to be Macphersons. The name and tradition to which you have referred makes us all very conscious of our responsibilities to continue to exercise those qualities of Loyalty, Brotherhood and Service, which have always characterised our Clan. We think these qualities arc still needed in the modern World to-day, and our presence here is evidence of our resolve to preserve and cherish these traditions and hand them on to our children.

           The hills of Badenoch amidst which we are standing this afternoon provoke memories of the heroic past of our ancestors. They also remind us that our fellow Clansmen are now scattered all over the world. Many of them are thinking of us at this moment and are with us in spirit, Messages have been received from Branches of our Clan Association as far afield as Invercargill and Christchurch, New Zealand, and also from Ottawa in Canada.

           I am sure all present will be pleased to hear the following inspiring message which I received from Australia from our Chief Cluny through his Commissioner Dalchully and which reads as follows:
                "As your Chief and as President of the Clan Macpherson Association, it gives me great pleasure to send greetings to all my Clansmen at Home and from Overseas, who have gathered together this day to pay homage to our illustrious Ancestors who have passed on, and to keep alive that spirit of loyalty and Clanship which has always been the hallmark of our great Clan.

                "Although, as your Chief, I will not be able to be present in the body, much as I should deem it a great honour to be, I will be with you in the spirit."

           I am sure it will be the wish of all present that I send in your name and on your behalf a suitable reply together with our loyal greetings and good wishes. Three cheers for our Chief Cluny and the Clan Macpherson.

      In the evening an excellent Ceilidh was held in the Village Hall in which members of the Association and friends, including the Newtonmore Gaelic Choir, took part after which the members joined in dancing until midnight in the Balavil Arms as guests of the proprietor, Mr Ewan Ormiston.

      On Sunday there was a large congregation in St. Columba's Parish Church, Kingussie, where the Association, by kind permission of the Kirk Session, again had the privilege of holding their annual service and of uniting with the local congregation at morning worship.

      The service was conducted by the Very Reverend Dr. Macfarlane, the distinguished minister of the parish. The sermon was preached by the Reverend Robert Macpherson, M.A., of Craigrownie. The lessons were read by Col. A. K. Macpherson, of Pitmain, M.V.O., and Mr Tom Macpherson, M.P. Major Niall Macpherson, M.P., presided at the organ.
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      The Order of Service was as follows:

Psalm 102 (ii), 13-18, Duke Street.

Prayer.

Lesson: Psalm 68, 6-11, 15-20, 32-35.

Hymn 477.

Lesson Revelation 21, 1-11, 22-24, 27 ; 22, 1-5, 17.

Hymn 106.

Prayer.

Hymn 196.

Lord's Prayer.

Sermon: Deuteronomy 33, 15.

Ascription of Praise.

The Offering.

Psalm 121 (French).

Benediction.

      The Offering was on behalf of the Organ Fund of St, Columba's Church.

PRAYER FOR BLESSING.
      Bless Thy servants who are here to-day assembled to offer Thee in humble worship the simple Faith of their fathers, the Faith once delivered to the Saints.

      May they ever remember the rock whence they have been hewn, and so keep before them and their children the high tradition, the fine loyalties kinship of ship, and the kindly virtues of their forebears: their inheritance.

      "Our fathers, 0 Lord, have told us": may their children also have to say, our fathers have told us of the past.-- Amen.

      The Reverend Robert Macpherson, M.A., of Craigrownie, took his text from Deuteronomy 33, 15. "The precious things of the lasting hills."       We give you in his own words the introduction, which speaks of the hills of home and the Christian tradition of Badenoch, and a summary of the message that followed :--
      "Of the creatures of God's hand there are two that have always deeply impressed the heart of man: the illimitable expanse of the great sea, and the majestic heights of the lasting hills.

      "The sea with its ever-changing moods; now calm and beautiful to behold, now with its wild waves raging, terrible in storm. The great hills rising in grandeur with ever-changing aspect, yet ever the same. Sublime in strength, mysterious, tongueless, yet not without a voice-the speaking silence of the lasting hills proclaims their creator.

      "It is characteristic of those who go down to the sea in ships and do business in great waters, and of those who dwell among the hills, that the sense of awe and wonder, which is born in all of us, is kept alive in their hearts, and it is a sad day when from the heart of man the sense of awe and wonder departs, for when that happens something vital dies in his soul.

      "It is good for all of us, who are gathered here for worship, for you who dwell among these hills and for us who return to them to meditate for a little on the precious things of the lasting hills.

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them in their youth for they have known them in spirit, here their forefathers dwelt, for this was the cradle of our Clan.

      "It is thought that the Sainted Columba in the course of his labours as a preacher of the Gospel visited this valley of the Spey and founded a church here in Kingussie, the site of which was in the ancient graveyard on the hill, the resting place of so many of our people, and it is known that S. Kenneth, one of S. Columba's most trusted companions, founded a church in Laggan and ministered to the people of these parts. Six centuries later Muriach, the parson of Kingussie after whom we are named, ministered the Word and Sacraments in a church that was built on the original site of S. Columba's Church, so, -- down the ages from the first glimmering light of history in these parts the lasting hills which in their majesty proclaim their creator have heard the Son of God proclaimed, and that which they witnessed to by nature, by the revelation of the Word was made manifest in their midst.

     "And as we lift up our eyes unto the hills they hold for us all not only the precious memories of the homes of our kindred who were of women born, but they hold for us the most blessed, the most precious memory of men and women to whom the glorious Gospel of the Saviour came, and who by the grace of God were born again of water and of the spirit."

      In the body of his Sermon he drew the lessons to which the sacred hills of Palestine witnessed. Sinai that speaks of the Law of God, which disciplined the children of Israel and still disciplines our souls, revealing to us at once the way of righteousness and our souls' need. The Law which ought to be reverenced by the nations to-day, as the moral basis of true relationships.

      Calvary, God's answer to man's need, from which we hear the ineffable words of our Saviour, spoken in the very article of death, " Father forgive them for they know not what they do" and are assured that for the humble contrite heart there is forgiveness and renewal.

      Olivet the hill of blessing and of promise: "Lo, I am with you always"; that wears for its oriole the light of the perfect day and bids us not to sorrow as those who have no hope, but to believe in the Saviour's word " Because I live ye shall live also," and to know that even now by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we are united to those "who have passed to where beyond these voices there is peace."
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Programme for the 1949 Rally

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Constitution of the Clan Macpherson Association

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Clan Macpherson Association Accounts

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Photo of The Colour Party 1947

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Photo of the Clan March, 1947

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List of CMA Members

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