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Highland Gatherings
Summary of Events at Braemar


  • 1800 July. Wrights' Walk began. Three carpenters, etc.

  • 1816 January 19th. Incorporation.

  • 1817 Registration.

  • 1819 Rules found too generous. Funds spent on oatmeal.

  • 1820 Meal bought. Subcommittee formed. Waterloo famine. Ball to Lord Fife, costing 3s. 6d.

  • 1821 John Morgan elected clerk till his death in 1877.

  • 1822 New members admitted. Venue Braemar Castle. Kilts essential.

  • 1823 Room secured. Earl of Fife hon, pres. date 13th November.

  • 1824 66 deposited with Peter Farquharson at 3 per cent. Shoulder belt presented by William Farquharson, now in keeping of relatives of Angus Mackintosh at Glenclunie. This name occurs many times, one being president from 1885 to 1902. Dinner started at Invercauld Arms, 1s. 6d. a head and drinks optional.

  • 1825 Rules revised. First recorded death. Carpenter's widow gets 6 10s.

  • 1826 New rules of Mr. Chas. Cumming accepted. 21st July. Final meeting of Wrights. B.H.S. is new name.

  • 1827 Procession and dinner on 23rd August. No ball, and no seats lent.

  • 1828 Two girnels bought. 21st August, procession, dinner and ball.

  • 1829 New vice-presidents added, and several grants made.

  • 1830 First widow receives benefit. Rules revised.

  • 1831 Rules passed and three hundred copies printed. Death of Duncan Watson, one of the three founders. His son died in 1917, aged eighty-eight.

  • 1832 Lord Carmarthen (later Duke of Leeds) joins as hon. member. Gives Breadalbane tartans. Queen and others follow suit. FIRST GAMES. 5 prize money on last Thursday in August.

  • 1841 Postponed to 9th September. Peers become members.

  • 1846 Repeal of Corn Laws. Meal buying stopped.

  • 1848 14th September. Invercauld House. Queen present on a red-letter occasion.

  • 1849 Braemar Castle. Queen contributes.

  • 1851 Presentation of Cash Box. Death of Sir A. Duff, his son being elected in his place as hon. president.

  • 1857 Sir James Duff, now Earl of Fife, joint patron with J. Farquharson. Great welcome in August at Corriemulzie, later at Mar Lodge.

  • 1858 Numerous deaths including Duncan Mackintosh (1816). First Thursday in September.

  • 1859 Queen invites Society to Balmoral on 22nd September. Silver snuff-box for tossing the caber won by G. Hutchinson.

  • 1862 Death of Prince Consort. No games.

  • 1863 Death of Malcolm McGregor (1816) whose grandfather was at Culloden. No games.

  • 1864 Mar Lodge. Welcome to Colonel Farquharson.

  • 1865 Prince of Wales present.

  • 1866 Word "Royal" added.

  • 1867 Purse given to J. Morgan, secretary for forty-six years. Death of Charles Cumming,  president 1826 to 1830.

  • 1870 Deaths of Countess of Fife and Mrs. Farquharson. No games.

  • 1871 Death of William Gruer (1816).

  • 1873 Death of Angus Mackintosh. He kept diary. Date 28th August.

  • 1874 Strangers charged 5s. each at the ball. A funeral grant returned.

  • 1877 Death of John Morgan, his son appointed secretary.

  • 1879 Death of the Earl of Fife. No games.

  • 1881 Held on 1st September owing to Volunteer Review at Edinburgh.

  • 1882 Members subscriptions raised by 50 per cent.

  • 1884 Death of Duke of Albany, and John Lamont who had been president for about fifty years.

  • 1885 Several changes on the committee.

  • 1887 Queen invites to Balmoral on 1st September as guests.

  • 1888 Death of James Farquharson. Son appointed patron. No games.

  • 1889 Earl of Fife asks to Mar Lodge. Honorary fund now 180.

  • 1890 Queen asks to Balmoral.

  • 1891 Sir A. Borthwick asks to Cluny Park.

  • 1892 Death of Duke of Clarence. No games, but a muster at Lonach.

  • 1893 Mar Castle for three years. Mr. Morgan ill, Mr. McGregor secretary.

  • 1896 Victoria Hall, Auchindryne. No games this or next year.

  • 1898 Queen asks to Balmoral. More prizes and hospitality.

  • 1900 Death of John Ewan. J. Gruer elected treasurer. No games owing to the South African War.

  • 1901 22nd January. Death of the Queen. No games. King elected patron.

  • 1902 Cluny Park now the venue.

  • 1906 Duke of Fife gave twelve acres, called Princess Royal Park. 1,000 spent on it and gate money started.


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