Clan Ross Gathering 2009

Chief David Ross of Ross and Balnagowan arrives with Lady Eileen. Following behind are Tain and District Trust Chairman, Alistair Jupp, Hugh Ross, Younger of Ross, accompanied by his family and Museum Trustee, Anne Itoe. The group were piped in by Alasdair Mearns.

The clan awaiting the arrival of the Chief

Chief David addresses the Clan

With the Gathering underway everyone splits into groups for the workshops. Kerrie Finlay presents the workshop on Gaelic song. She is seen here with one of the group leaders, Jet Christie.

 Dancing instructors Maureen and Colin Ritchie demonstrate, accompanied by Philip Ward (another group leader).

Alasdair Mearns presenting the Gaelic language class.

Local dancers accompanied by Dr Sandy Gordon close the afternoon activities.

In the evening Dr David Worthington presents a talk on the Rosses to a capacity audience.

But first a performance of the Lucia by Emma Ekstrand and the children from the Finnish group.

Then a choral performance by the adults in the group.

The evening is brought to a close with a procession to the Rose Garden where Tain Pipe Band entertain locals and visitors alike.

Thursday 13th August

The Clan assembles at the Duthac Centre ready to join the Cheiftain's Parade along Tain High Street. They are led off by former Chieftains and the pipe band.  DAvid Ross of Ross and Balnagowan leads the Clan Ross. His family carry his personal banner.

The Clan follows.

Out at the Games Field Clan Ross use the Clan Ross tent to meet and blether.

Refreshments are served by Museum volunteers. Margaret's sister's Clootie Dumpling proves very popular.

Kendall Emmerson Ross competes in the heavy events on the field. Sheila and Margaret man the Museum shop stall.


Catriona Ross entertains with her clarsach through out the day as well as giving an excellent performance at the ceilidh in the evening.

These are a miscellany of pictures from through out the day.




The day concludes with a traditional ceilidh.

The Chief and his Lady lead the dancing and are joined by Hugh, Younger of Ross and his good lady Jennifer.


The Fear-an-taigh for the evening is Alisdair Mearns. Through out the evening various artists entertain the Clan. "The Clan Ross Band" is formed especially for the Gathering. Kendall, Katie and Wattie perform on stage.

Geordie and John play traditional Scottish music to dance to and Cameron Ross demonstrates traditional Scottish fiddling. Cameron has promised to keep us informed about his musical exploits.


Catriona Ross plays beautifully on the clarsach and Kerrie Finlay sings gloriously. Maureen and Colin's dancing lessons prove their worth as the Clan takes to the dance floor.


Chairman of the Museum Trust, Alistair Jupp, thanks the many people who made the event possible. His wife Margaret presents Joan and Morag with bouquets of flowers.

The evening is brought to a close with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

The story of  the Gathering has been told in pictures from Anita Nykanen and Morag Bremner.


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