Tuesday, 5 July 2011

MacMhuirich (Currie) Symposium

My gran was a Currie, so I feel an obligation to carry the following!

The Clan Currie Society is pleased to announce they will hold a special weekend gathering in Edinburgh, Scotland to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Harlaw and Gaelic Bard Lachlan Mor MacMhuirich's epic war poem, the Harlaw Brosnachadh. The weekend commences with the dedication of a new memorial stone at the Scottish Writers' Museum on Friday, July 22 at 11:00 AM.

On Saturday, July 23, the Society will hold its first annual MacMhuirich Symposium led by Dr. Hugh Cheape of Sabhl Mor Ostaig. The panel of distinguished speakers includes, Dr. John Purser also of Sabhl Mor Ostaig, Dr. Donald William Stewart and Dr. Wilson McLeod of Edinburgh University, and Dr. David H. Caldwell of the National Museums of Scotland.

The MacMhuirich's served for over 700 years as the Hereditary Bards to the Lords of the Isles at Finlaggan on the Isle of Skye and later to the MacDonalds of Clanranald with the last of their MacMhuirich bards being established at Stilligary on South Uist. MacMhuirich poetry and folk tales have been well documented throughout the Western Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

For a complete listing of events, visit www.clancurriegatherings.com. For additional information, contact the Society at clancurrie@mail.com.

(With thanks to Robert Currie)

Chris

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