Greetings to all Clan Donnachaidh members world-wide at this uniquely challenging and difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The thoughts of all of us must be, and are, with all our wider Clan family as well as of course with our own immediate families. All of our hearts and thoughts, I know, go out to any and every Member directly afflicted with death or serious illness, or indeed facing threats to basic livelihood and to peace of mind, among their family, their neighbours and their friends.
Your Council was unable to hold its regular March meeting in Scotland this year. This was because of multiple personal issues and travel restrictions related to the virus already affecting individual Council members. We will in due course try to arrange a "virtual" Council meeting when and if the future looks a little clearer than it does now: but in the meantime we have agreed unanimously through telephone and other electronic communications, and with the greatest regret, that our 2020 Gathering should be cancelled. With the announcement a few days ago of the cancellation of the Edinburgh Tattoo and the Festival, along with other cancellation news around the world covering events stretching well beyond this summer, we felt it was the only sensible thing to do.
Needless to say, our neighbours at the Clan Centre, House Of Bruar, have had to close down most of their commercial activities and to let some of their retail staff go. This means that our Museum building which we have been sharing with them in return for their staffing the Museum, has had to close until further notice.
Those members who have already made travel and other arrangements for the Gathering will of course be affected, especially those planning to come a long way to Scotland; but people will also I’m sure want to make up their own minds how to handle this very unfortunate situation.
Some better news to close this announcement. Our 2020 Annual has already gone to the printers. Those who have been helping the Editor, James Irvine Robertson, with it all hope and believe that it will bring some much needed cheer and interest to members. While distribution timing and speed may well be an issue, I still think it has a good chance of its reaching members considerably earlier than in other recent years.
Gillespie Robertson Chairman Clan Donnachaidh Society