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April 2017 Newsletter

May 20, 2017

The April 2017 newsletter has been sent out to members.

It includes various news stories, including a topic about the new Jacobite Trail. This new venture chronicles key sites connected with the Prince and the Jacobites, and has been set up by Scotland's main tourism agency, including Visit Scotland. It hopes this initiative will increase the number of international visitors, especially given it's prominent role in the television series, the "Outlander". The trail covers 25 locations, and a copy of the trail can be downloaded from

The newsletter also includes a very interesting historical item, "The aftermath of Prestonpans", which covers the advance of the Prince and the Jacobite army from Edinburgh, via Carlisle, Manchester to London. However, when they reached Derby, they halted, with an advance-guard heading six or seven miles beyond the town to Swarkstone Bridge. At this point a decision was made to retreat to Scotland, as information had been received that there were three English armies at Wetherby, Lichfield, and Finchley Common, protecting London, which greatly exceeded their own numbers.

More information can be found in the newsletter article, which was taken from the book, "The Clan Donald of Garmoran - A History of the MacDonalds of Clanranald",  by Norman H.MacDonald. Copies are available from the author.

Lost Valley, Glencoe

October 3, 2015

In June 2015, a recent challenging, and interesting, climb up to the lost valley in Glencoe, on a brilliant blue sky day, resulted in a remarkable view of this beautiful valley

Coire Gabhail is known the hidden valley, where the MacDonalds (McIans) of Glen Coe hid their rustled cattle. A visit involves a very rough but intensely dramatic and scenic climb.

New revamped website...

October 26, 2014

We have updated our website, which although it retains its simplicity, does have some new features. There is a lot of other information elsewhere on the internet about Clan Donald, so we may only include some key links - for more information just Google it...

Website Information

This website was re-construction - November 2014. Additional information will be added during 2017 as necessary.