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Clan Davidson Gathering in the Scottish Central Highlands,
October 2016
View from hotel room

Aviemore, in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, was the venue for our 2016 Clan Davidson Gathering. Clan members, their families and friends, travelled from many locations, some as far afield as South Africa, to be with us. This part of the Central Highlands is one of the most scenic regions of Scotland, and as the leaves on the trees turned to russet autumn tints, Clan members enjoyed a very sociable weekend, and took advantage of the mild, sunny October weather to explore local attractions.

Our weekend began with an informal meal on Friday evening, providing a chance to make new friends, and greet old acquaintances. On Saturday afternoon, Clan members enjoyed an illustrated talk about Davidson connections and family history in the area, followed in the evening by a formal Clan dinner with entertainment from local musicians.Throughout the weekend, our Clan Genealogist & Historical Researcher was kept busy talking to many attendees about their Davidson family histories.

Clan members meet before dinner Formal Clan Dinner A bit of fun - umbrella dance

The Highlands are well known as one of the key ancestral homelands for the Clan Davidson. During the weekend, a number of Clan members took the opportunity to drive to Tulloch Castle, home of former Chiefs of Clan Davidson. A permanent display of Davidson pictures, genealogical information, and artefacts is housed in the Clan Davidson Room at Tulloch Castle, where visitors can browse our collection and sign our visitor book.

Tulloch Castle Display in the Clan Davidson Room at Tulloch Castle
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Battle of Bannockburn, 700th anniversary event, June 2014
Tents of the clan societies at the Battle of Bannockburn site

The Battle of Bannockburn, near Stirling, took place 700 years ago, and an event organised by Visit Scotland and Event Scotland was held during the weekend of 28/29 June to mark the anniversary of the battle. There is a new visitor centre at the site, built by the National Trust of Scotland. Over the weekend, the RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team put on a spectacular display, and there were long queues to watch the battle re-enactment.

Clan Davidson took part, helping in the clan tents of both the Clan Chattan Association and the recently formed Association of Highland Clans & Societies; it was a busy weekend answering many Davidson enquiries.

Bikes, Beers and a BBQ at the Davidson Legacy Cottage, 2014
Book signing event at the Davidson Legacy Cottage

On a glorious summer day at the end of August, Jean Davidson and her son Jon Davidson Oeflein visited the restored Davidson Legacy Cottage at Netherton, near Aberlemno. Jean's great great grandfather, Alexander Davidson, was a blacksmith who left Netherton cottage back in the 1850s with his family to find a new life at Milwaukie, USA, a move which ultimately led to this Davidson family's involvement with the Harley-Davidson motor cycle business.

The event at Netherton was to mark the publication of a new illustrated book Harley-Davidson Family Memories about the early years of this Davidson family, and to celebrate a Davidson family story, which led to the big corporate business of Harley-Davidson.

Davidson Clan Gathering, Ballymena, Northern Ireland,
October 2013
Members at the Clan dinner Reception for Clan Davidson Members at the Mayor of Ballymena's Parlour

Members gather and chat before Clan dinner Entertainment by local musicians
Our Clan Gatherings are a great opportunity to get to know others who have Davidson family connections and history. In 2013, we held our Gathering in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland for the first time. The Clan Davidson has many historical links with this area, where Davidson and Davison families have lived for centuries. St Patrick's Church in the village of Broughshane has three stained glass Memorial windows to important local Davisons.

With enthusiastic support from local Davisons and Davidsons, 90 people from our Clan family sat down to dinner together on Saturday evening, meeting old friends and making new ones. Many members had arrived for an informal evening get-together on Friday night, and were honoured to be invited to a reception at the Mayor of Ballymena's Parlour on Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon, members and their friends and families enjoyed an extensively illustrated talk Davidson, Davison - the Irish Connections given by our Clan Davidson Genealogist & Historical Researcher.

We were delighted to welcome members who had travelled from Australia and Canada especially to join us for the weekend, and to warmly welcome the Mayor of Ballymena, the Mayor of Larne, and the Dean of Connor to our Clan dinner. Entertainment by local musicians concluded our evening. This was a very successful and memorable weekend and we will return in the future.

The Mayor of Ballymena, Audrey Wales, at the Reception she gave for Clan Davidson Members The Very Reverend John Bond, Dean of Connor, with a Clan Davidson member from Australia

Memorial window, St Patrick's Church, Broughshane

Emily Wilding Davison, 1872-1913, 100th anniversary event April 2013
Emily Wilding Davison, suffragette

On 18 April 2013, a special event took place at Epsom Racecourse, located just south of London. This year is the 100th anniversary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison, the famous suffragette, who died after she was knocked down by the King's horse, Anmer, during the Derby Race on 4 June 2013. Emily was subsequently treated as a heroine by the Suffragette movement, which had been campaigning for many years for women to be given equal voting rights with men. The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 caused the widespead suffragette campaign to be put on hold, and it was not until 1928 that legislation was finally passed in the UK giving equal voting rights to women.

After several years of campaigning, a commemorative plaque was unveiled on 18 April 2013 at Tattenham Corner, the point on the racecourse at which this tragic death occurred. A large group of the wider Davison family descendants, local historians, representatives of women's groups, and civic leaders from both Epsom and Emily's home county of Northumberland, met up with London supporters to see the plaque unveiled. Several members of the group also visited the former Epsom Cottage Hospital where Emily Wilding Davidson died as a result of the accident.

Plaque to Emily Wilding Davison at Epsom Racecourse Plaque to Emily Wilding Davison at Epsom Cottage Hospital

Harley-Davidson Legacy event at Aberlemno, Angus, 14 July 2012  
Netherton cottage at Aberlemno, near Brechin, Angus The Davidson Legacy Project team at Netherton cottage
Many people are familiar with Harley-Davidson as a famous brand of American motor bikes, but few know the story of the Davidson family who left Aberlemno, Angus, for America in the 1850s. Sandy Davidson was a blacksmith, who lived with his wife Margaret and six children at Netherton, a tiny cottage. It was from here that the family emigrated to America in 1858. Three of Sandy and Margaret's grandsons became founders of the iconic Harley-Davidson Motor company.

In recent years, Netherton cottage had become derelict, but a Davidson Legacy team have put in 4 years of hard work, raising funds and undertaking painstainking restoration work. The cottage now looks as it would have done in Sandy Davidson's time. An important milestone was reached on 14 July 2012, when the cottage was 'opened' in a simple ceremony to the sound of pipes playing and short speeches being made. As the cottage is on a small site, a separate event was held in nearby Brechin, where hundreds of bikers paraded in and around the town.Every sort of Harley-Davidson owner and bike took part. The bikes gleamed in the sunshine, the music was loud, many hamburgers were eaten, and the whole local community turned out to watch and listen to the distinctive roar of Harley-Davidson engines.
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Davidson Legacy Badge The restored Netherton cottage

Commemoration of Provost Davidson at battle of Harlaw, 1411
Clan Davidson representatives took part in a memorial service, held on 24 July 2011, to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Harlaw at which Davidsons and other clans people fought and died in 1411. At that time, Robert Davidson, who had been an innkeeper, wine importer, customs inspector and pirate, had risen to become Provost of Aberdeen. He led out the Aberdeen forces to defend the city and was killed in this terrible confrontation, along with many hundreds of Scots from both sides of the battle. Robert Davidson's body was taken back to Aberdeen, and he was buried in St Nicholas Kirk, where the memorial service was held.

Statue of Provost Robert Davidson in St Nicholas Kirk

A monument was erected on the site of the battle, some two miles west of Inverurie, by the Burgh of Aberdeen "to the memory of Provost Robert Davidson and the Burgesses of Aberdeen". It was designed by Aberdeen architect William Kelly before the 500th anniversary in 1911. Six heraldic inscribed panels were planned to be made for the monument, but were never completed. To celebrate this year's 600th anniversary of the battle, the Clan Davidson Association joined a project to create and install six panels, including one with the arms of Provost Robert Davidson, on the blank granite sides of the monument.

Monument at the site of the battle of Harlaw, 1411, with painted shields Cast armorial shields of participants in the battle
The shields shown above have been permanently mounted on the monument. They are, top from left: City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen, Provost Robert Davidson ,Stewart, Earl of Mar
bottom from left: Maclean of Duart, Lord of the Isles, Irvine of Drum

2007 International Gathering at Tulloch Castle
Clan Davidson Dinner at Tulloch Castle

Davidsons and their descendants from around the world gathered at Tulloch Castle Hotel, the ancestral home of the Clan Davidson Chiefs, on 29/30 September 2007 for our Association Annual meeting and Clan Dinner. We welcomed Clan members and visitors from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Northern Ireland, England and Scotland.

In particular, we had the opportunity to welcome Grant Davidson, the eldest son and heir to Alister 'Jock' Davidson, the Chief of the Clan Davidson.

The weekend's program included an evening of "Tales of the Clans", the formal opening of the Clan Davidson Room, Annual General Meeting, a walk up the hill to see the Caisteal Gorach and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, Clan Dinner and highland entertainment, participation in the morning service at St Clement's Church, Dingwall (built with Davidson funding), and a trip to Cromarty for a walk back through time with a local historian.
Many items of Davidson memorabilia were on sale at the Gathering, including tartan tablecloths, ties, sashes, our Clan piper's CDs, and engraved glasses and decanters.
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Mountain scene near Aviemore
Display in the Clan Davidson Room at Tulloch Castle
Netherton cottage
Slemish tourist sign
Giants Causeway
St Nicholas Kirk Aberdeen
Tulloch Castle
Clan Piper Jock Davidson piping members in to dinner
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