Clan MacMillan International will be holding a Hebridean Homecoming Gathering on the Isle of Benbecula from June 23rd to 26 preceding Homecoming Scotland on June 28th to 30th at Bannockburn, Stirlingshire.
The Chief of Clan MacMillan, George G. MacMillan of MacMillan and Knap will be present. There will be people from Scotland, England, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
They will arrive at Lochmaddy on the evening of June 22nd and will be touring many sites from Vatersay to the Callanish Standing Stones on Lewis, leaving on the morning of June 27th.
Their itinery includes: A beach walk, tour of Benbecula, visit to ruins of Temple Monastery (North Uist) and the fishing village of Ceallan on Grimsay. That evening there will be a Ceilidh.
Day trip to southern isles via South Uist and ferry from Eriskay. Visit MacNeil’s island fortress of Kisimul Castle, the Barra Heritage Centre and walk to ship-wrecked emigrant’s memorial on Vatersay.
Day trip to northern isles via North Uist and ferry from Berneray. Visits to medieval church at Rodel on Harris and to the Standing Stones of Callanish on Lewis.
South Uist visit to chapel ruins at Tobha Mor (Howmore) and the Kildonan Museum.
There will be a Worship and Investiture Service in the Benbecula Church of Scotland, Griminish, at 2pm on Thursday afternoon.
Candidates for membership into Clan MacMillan’s Community of Honour, ”The Community of the Tonsured Servant (CTS)” will be invested.
CTS supports the Clan MacMillan International Centre at Finlaystone, Renfrewshire, Scotland, home of the MacMillan Chief, and provides educational materials and events for Clan MacMillan around the world. All are welcome to attend this service led by Chief George MacMillan and Blanche McMillan, Abbot of CTS.
This year is the 19th Anniversary 1995-2014 of the founding of Clan MacMillan’s ‘Community of the Tonsured Servant’ (CTS), by the late Rev. Canon A. Malcolm MacMillan , USA (1921-2008). Blanche McMillan of Canada has been Abbot of CTS since 1997.
As of this gathering, a total of 131 have joined CTS in six countries..
The Grand Clan MacMillan Banquet will be held on Thursday evening
The Outer Hebrides are home to many Macmillans, The earliest documented Macmillans in the Hebrides are all churchmen: John MacMoylane, Chaplain of St Oran’s, Iona, in 1542; Fingon Makmulane, who was the Rector of Benbecula in the same year, and later Dean of Mull (in 1573); and Donald Macmillan, Minister of The Uists in 1626 (when he was said to have been “a very auld man”). It appears that the more learnt about the Macmillans on the islands, the more discoveries will be made about the rest of the clan, and hopefully the 2014 Gathering in the Hebrides will turn up more interesting information.
For more information about Clan MacMillan, The Clan MacMillan International Centre, the Gathering in Benbecula, and The Community of the Tonsured Servant (CTS) go to the website at www.clanmacmillan.org