The Gathering 2009 Newsletter – 26
“SCOTLAND LIVES” EXHIBITION
One of the star attractions at The Gathering 2009 will be “Scotland Lives”, a genealogy and cultural resource centre based at the Highland Games in Holyrood Park.
With attendees of Scottish descent returning to Scotland from all across the globe, The Gathering 2009 felt that this was the ideal time to form one of the biggest and most comprehensive genealogy centres ever seen at such an event.
The full list of exhibitors in “Scotland Lives” is as follows:
ScotlandsPeople is the largest online source of genealogical data for Scotland and will provide computer terminals and a team of experts who will demonstrate how to trace your ancestors.
Family Tree DNA, the testing facility for National Geographic and IBM’s Genographic Project, can offer a guaranteed assignment of ancestral origins and will place your records in their secured database - the largest in the world for matching purposes, which in turn means increased chances of finding long lost relatives.
Scottish Geneaology Society will offer advice on Scottish Family History research, with a wide cross-section of historical documentation, genealogical books and CDs for sale. These will include monumental inscription transcriptions for most Scottish counties, census return transcriptions, army and trades information books.
The Society of Scottish Armigers and the Heraldry Society of Scotland. The Heraldry Society of Scotland will host an exhibition of bookplates by Gordon Macpherson and members will be able to discuss heraldry and receive advice on specific queries throughout the weekend, whilst the Society of Scottish Armigers will provide information on arms and flying heraldry and advice on obtaining a Grant of Arms in Scotland.
The University of Dundee will be demonstrating their online courses which will give you the knowledge to trace your family tree through sources such as kirk session minutes, sasines, poor law archives and hospital and asylum case records. The further back records go the more challenging the writing can be, hence courses in palaeography - how to read old handwriting are also on offer.
HAMISH McHAGGIS AND THE CLAN GATHERING
Our younger attendees may already be familiar with Hamish McHaggis, the cuddly Scottish hero made famous in Linda Strachan’s series of childrens books. Well, his latest adventure is entitled ‘Hamish McHaggis and The Clan Gathering’ which of course means that Hamish and his wheeled Whirry Bang will both be down in Holyrood Park enjoying the festivities! After meeting Hamish, children (and the young at heart) will be able to sit back and listen to book readings by the author herself in the storytelling tent whilst the illustrator Sally J Collins will be on hand to offer tips on how to draw the characters in the book.
Just a quick reminder that tickets are now available to purchase online. Please visit our online ticket store here: TICKET STORE
THE TRUE NORTH ORCHESTRA
Last Monday the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow was buzzing as 36 renowned musicians from the far reaches of Scotland and even further afield all descended on the main hall to record the score for The Gathering 2009 pageant; “Aisling’s Children; Tales of the Homecoming”.
The specially-formed ensemble, entitled The True North Orchestra, features prominent members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and the Orchestra of Scottish Ballet together with top musicians from the traditional music world and this unique blend of classical instruments and traditional Scottish pipes, log drums and harp has resulted in seven moving, contemporary pieces which will form the soundtrack to ‘Aisling’s Children’ on 25th July 2009.
The True North Orchestra has been formed by the creator of the score, acclaimed Scottish composer Jim Sutherland.
THE GATHERING 2009 CD
A CD of all seven pieces of music recorded by The True North Orchestra for "Aisling's Children; Tales of the Homecoming", together with tracks from renowned Scottish bands Capercaillie, Dougie MacLean, Daimh, Julie Fowlis and the Battlefield Band be available from our online shop in the next few weeks and will be announced in our newsletter.
PIPE BANDS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD
We have a truly international mix of pipe bands descending on Holyrood Park for The Gathering 2009. Over the weekend keep an eye (and an ear) out for:
• The Caledonian Pipe Band (Edinburgh)
• Canadian Massed Pipes and Drums (Canada)
• Clan Hay Pipe Band (Belgium)
• Hawick Scout Pipe Band (Borders)
• Red Rose of Lochbuie Pipe Band (Netherlands)
• Rhine Power (Germany)
• Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band (Edinburgh)
• Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band (Lanarkshire)
• Lonach Highlanders Pipe Band (Aberdeenshire)
THE GATHERING 2009 EVENT DVD
All events over the weekend of The Gathering 2009 are to be filmed and will contribute to a limited-edition Gathering 2009 DVD, available post-event. This limited-edition DVD will be available to pre-order on our website soon so keep an eye on our newsletters for more information.
Hotel du Vin
Hotel du Vin Glasgow is situated in Scotland’s second city and close to the bonnie banks of the work famous Loch Lomond. It’s perfectly placed to base yourself if you want to make the most of all of the Homecoming events. There is no better place to start your exploration of everything Scotland has to offer.
The award winning Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens is a landmark on the Scottish map in its own right. Set on a beautiful tree lined street in the very fashionable West End of Glasgow. One Devonshire is synonymous with everything that is Scottish, from the stylish interiors with trademark tartan carpet, the most extensive range of whiskies in the city and a bistro serving mouthwatering classics prepared by our award winning Chef Paul Tamburrini.
If your looking for a taste of real Scottish luxury to get your Homecoming Celebrations off to a great start, think One Devonshire Gardens, think du Vin
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