This year Clan MacAulay shall hold it’s International Gathering in the coastal village of Carnlough in Co Antrim, N. Ireland from Thursday evening 4th August to Sunday morning 7th August 2011. The Londonderry Arms Hotel, Carnlough shall host the occasion.
A quite unique event, as it shall be the first ever Clan MacAulay International Gathering to be held outside of Scotland.
Clan Chief Hector MacAulay from Crieff, Perthshire shall welcome the many clansfolk from across N. Ireland together with those from around the globe, were to-date Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, England and of course Scotland shall also be represented. Dignitaries shall include Lord and Lady MacAulay of Bragar from Edinburgh.
Historically, a great number of Co Antrim McAuley’s descend from a branch of the Clan MacAulay from Ardencaple (near Hellensburgh), Argyllshire who in the early 16th century settled in the Glens of Antrim.
Other clansfolk of Irish stock will have their Scottish lineage as descendants of the many McAuley’s who came as Plantation settlers in the 17th century, notably in counties Antrim, Down and Donegal (where there was a 1000 acre settlement granted to Alexander MacAulay - future chief of Clan MacAulay of Ardencaple, Scotland).
Others will perhaps trace their family heritage to the proximity of Scotland’s Western Isles, where it is known that islands such as Islay and Jura had many local families bearing the name MacAulay.
The modern day Clan MacAulay that incorporates the three branches of the clan on Scottish soil, namely Isle of Lewis, Ardencaple and Ross-shire extends an invitation to all McAuley’s (of whatever surname spelling, class or creed) and other interested parties, to come to meet with them in this unique event in the promotion and spirit of kinship. Highlights shall include a clan banquet, Scottish/Irish ceilidh and visits to the stunning Antrim coast to include MacAulay historical sites of interest.
To find out more about the 2011 Clan Gathering log on to: www.clanmacaulay.org.uk