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NEWS

March 15, 2013

Clan Gathering and Symposium to be Held in Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Clansfolk to Participate in the 150 Anniversary Antigonish Highland Games

An important symposium on the history and literary heritage of the MacMhuirich bardic dynasty takes place in Antigonish, Nova Scotia on Thursday and Friday, July 11 – 12, 2013. The symposium takes place as part of a weekend of celebrations dedicated to Scotland’s greatest bardic dynasty, the Clan MacMhuirich or Clan Currie.

The MacMhuirich symposium, being held at the Claymore Hotel in the village of Antigonish, will bring a new perspective to the role of the MacMhuirichs in Scottish literary history as well as their influence on Gaelic Canada. The MacMhuirichs, a name later anglicized to ‘Currie’ and in some parts of Scotland as ‘Macpherson’, ‘Murray’ and even ‘MacMillan’, served for over 700 years as professional poets to the Lords of the Isles, and later to the MacDonalds of Clanranald. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend this event.

In addition to the two-day symposium, clansfolk will rally at the Antigonish Highland Games on July 13 and 14 which celebrate their 150 anniversary this summer.

The prestigious program for the symposium will chaired by the Rev. Dr. David Currie, Chaplain of the Clan Currie Society joined by an “A-list” roster of speakers including Clan Currie historian Angus MacMillan. Past participants have included Dr. Michael Newton of St. Francis Xavier University, Canada, Dr. Alan Titley of University College Cork, Ireland, Dr. Willie Gillies formerly of Edinburgh University’s Department of Celtic and Dr. Hugh Cheape of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Robert Currie, President of the Clan Currie Society in New York, commented: “Nova Scotia is a most appropriate place to mark the achievements of Scotland’s greatest bardic dynasty. We know that such a distinguished gathering of speakers will do honour to the MacMhuirichs at the symposium in July.”

The 2012 gathering took place on the island of South Uist. As part of the gathering, clan members built a monument commemorating the Currie bards which served the MacDonalds of Clanranald at the site of the last bard’s home in Stilligarry.

The MacMhuirich Symposium on July 11 is a date not to be missed, not only for anyone interested in the MacMhuirichs, but also for people interested in the history and Gaelic literature of Scotland during the medieval period and, in particular the Lords of the Isles. Symposium attendees will also have the option to take two field trips. Admission to the symposium is free with a suggested donation of $10 per person.

On Thursday afternoon, July 11, clansfolk will travel to Pictou, Nova Scotia to tour the Hector Heritage Quay followed by a dinner at the Braeside Inn and a ceilidh at the deCoste Entertainment Center. On Friday, July 12, there will be tour of the Gaelic College in St. Ann's with a luncheon ceilidh.

Participants are responsible for their own meals and transportation.

A warm invitation is extended to all clansfolk to attend the symposium, field trip and all the events over the Antigonish Anniversary Weekend of July 13 and 14. For further details and information on how to register for the program, visit www.clancurriegathering.com.

For more information contact the Society at (908) 273-3509 or by email at [email protected].