Clan MacLeod of Greater Vancouver

Clan MacLeod of Greater Vancouver
Fraser River Paddlewheeler Excursion

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Clan Parliament 2010

"Old and New Traditions"

Registration in now open! The web materials to support the announcement in the October issue of Clan MacLeod Magazine become available on 01 November 2009. We may still have a few a bugs to get out of the system, but we are ready to move forward!

The dates for Parliament 2010 will be:

  • NRG service project in Assynt: Saturday 17 July - Saturday 24 July
  • Pre-Parliament trip to Assynt: Wednesday 21 July - Saturday 24 July
  • Parliament in Dunvegan: Saturday 24 July - Saturday 31 July
Our first Parliament Newsletter has been posted to this website as October 2008 News. The October 2009 newsletter should be distributed during the first week of November.
Please remember that you are welcome any time to volunteer for Parliament or to add your name to the mailing list for email newsletters about Parliament .

AGM November 8 2009

On Sunday November 8th, over 30 Clan Members met at the beautiful Sylvia Hotel to participate in the Annual General Meeting and enjoy brunch. We had a semi private room with a beautiful view of English Bay. The highlights of the meeting included the election of officers and directors for 2010, an update from Bill on the Robbie Burns Luncheon plans and an account of Jack's trip to Katmandu.
Thanks to all those that attended. We plan to hold our AGM there next year so spread the word!

Jacobite History - Ron MacLeod

Greetings, courtesy Robert Henderson, Calgary, a curious kick at ancient history as
reported in the National Post.
My own family on both my father's and my mother's side were among the stigmatized.
Personally, I am of a mind to think that the fresh, clean Canadian air blew
all that unwanted heritage away into the darkest channels of history where it is best
left to moulder.
Regards, the other Ron

Westminster asked to lift Jacobite stigma

Scots Canadians whose ancestors supported Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite rebellion may not know it, but their family names have officially been mud for more than 250 years.

After the failed insurrection to restore the House of Stuart to the British throne, Acts of Parliament deemed the blood of many rebels “corrupt,” confiscated their property and exiled them to North America as indentured servants.

Now, the Scottish Parliament is taking steps to remove any stigma associated with support for the Stuart cause.

Canadians with the last name Cameron, Chisholm, Drummond, Fraser, Gordon, Graham, Laird, MacDonald, Mackenzie, Mackinnon, MacKinnon, Mackintosh, MacKintosh, MacLeod, Malcolm, Nairn, Ogilvie, Ross, Stewart Stirling or Sutherland may well be the descendants of Jacobites who were exiled after the rebellions. Many Jacobites were “attainted” by Act of Parliament that denied them their property and disinherited their descendants.

Those affected included national hero Rob Roy McGregor and Flora MacDonald, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rescuer after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, who settled in North Carolina.

Scottish Conservative Jamie McGrigor has tabled a motion, with cross-party support, calling on the Scottish Parliament to back a petition that demands the Westminster Parliament overturn the Acts of Attainder and clear the names of Jacobite families.

Not only could the stigma associated with “corruption of the blood” be overturned, but some Canadians may also find they have legitimate claim on ancient titles that would be restored if the campaign is successful.

Peter Drummond-Murray, a retired banker and heraldry expert who started the petition, said that a number of peerage titles could be affected including the Earl of Kilmarnock and the Duke of Berwick.

“Lots of ordinary people were transported to North America who still have this slur on them. We’re petitioning for it to be removed,” he said.

He did not rule out that there could be Canadians with claim to old titles, but said that there is no question of successful land claims being launched after nearly 300 years.

The list of those “attainted” included all ranks from peers and lairds to clerks and commoners. As the Jacobite threat subsided in the 19th century, a number of peers were able to afford the procedure of a private bill in Parliament to reverse the attainder process.

However, many families that supported the Stuarts are still stigmatized by what one member of the Scottish Parliament called “historical discrimination.”

After 1688, when James VII of Scotland and II of England was replaced by his daughter Mary II and her husband, William of Orange, many who refused to swear allegiance to William and Mary were tried for treason and “attainted.” Some were executed, some sent into exile and were punished by Acts of Attainder — losing their rights and property. This process continued after the Jacobite rebellions of 1715, 1719 and 1745.