World Gathering of Clan MacIntyre is over with great pride and joy at what
took place, as well as the inevitable post-gathering letdown. There were
moments when our motto, Per Ardua, came to mind, but for me the lasting
memories will be those special moments that can never be repeated and the
many new and lasting friendships that were made.
never forget the Friday night Gala Banquet when we entered the beautifully
decorated Argyllshire Gathering Hall with a white heather plant on each
table. On the two center tables were the tall Glenoe silver candelabras
dated 1757, the Glenoe box and the ‘Faery’ pipes. The first two once graced
the Glen Noe home of James, third chief of record (1730 – 1799) and are the
inheritance of Ian MacIntyre, 17th of Camus-na-h-Erie, hereditary chieftain
of the only recognized cadet of Glenoe.
‘Faery’ pipes were on loan by permission of Kinlochmoidart, chieftain of
that MacDonald branch and the West Highland Museum in Fort William. They
are the oldest Highland pipes in existence and were handmade by a MacIntyre
piper over 800 years ago. They contain the extra sounding hole at the end of
the chanter that he placed there on the advice of a faery in order to have
the sweetest sounding pipes in Scotland. These pipes were played at the
Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 and played only once in the last century,
fittingly by our own master piper, Archie McIntyre, who is a descendant of
the MacIntyres who formerly possessed them and the Gentleman Piper to the
High Council of Clan Donald. He played them at our Banquet, for the first,
and perhaps only, time in this new century. To see them was special, but to
hear them was a thrill of historic proportions.
the unforgettable performance by Boni McIntyre and Elena McEntire, who sang
the “Flower Duet” from the opera, Lakmé by Leo Delibes. These consummate
professionals had sung together for the first time just five minutes before
the doors were opened. Breathtaking and miraculous are the only words to
describe their stunningly beautiful a capella performance.
Taynuilt Games, the Oban Pipe Band led 300 MacIntyres in a parade around the
field with signs showing that we represented twelve countries. Our
tug-of-war team came in second without the advantage of cleats used by the
winning local team.
performers at the Saturday night ceilidh were predominated by MacIntyres
with a number of pipe tunes and songs composed for the occasion. Highlights
for me were the classical piobaireachd composed by Archie; a song by Lisa
Furukawa (dressed in a MacIntyre tartan kimono) about discovering her
Scottish roots; and a virtuoso piping performance by Andrew MacIntyre
playing his own composition as Archie looked on approvingly, fingering along
on his imaginary chanter.
the well-attended ecumenical service of thanksgiving followed by the
flotilla to Glen Noe. Once they put their feet on this hallowed ground,
MacIntyres spontaneously began adding stones to the cairn. In the distance
came the skirl of the pipes played by Mark McIntire followed by our stalwart
hiking guides, Colin McIntyre and Ian Simpson, and our man for all seasons,
Bennie MacEntyre. With banners flying, the requisite group picture was taken
by William Mateer, our resident professional photographer. The Gathering
ended with the announcement of the formation of The Clan MacIntyre Trust, an
official Scottish charity whose purpose is to maintain our Clan’s
inheritance. The final document of incorporation was signed at Glen Noe by
the five initial members with Camus-na-h-Erie acting as the witness.
on the cake was the hog roast in the courtyard of the present estate house
with the majestic twin peaks of Ben Cruachan as a backdrop. Emily McIntire
danced the Highland Fling in the presence of our daughter, who had performed
it at Glen Noe, 32 years before. Tears came to my eyes (a frequent
occurrence) when I read in the Oban Times four days later that Emily placed
first in the Highland Fling and second in many other dances at the Taynuilt
aforementioned events were the only ones that I was able to attend.
Unfortunately, there were too many, in too short a time for everyone to
enjoy them all. I wouldn’t want to choose which ones to eliminate.
you missed events through no fault of your own. For that I am truly sorry.
I knew from the beginning that transportation would be the major obstacle
and despite my best efforts it reared its ugly head, for which I can only
apologize. Let me know the event(s) you missed and I’ll send a refund or,
if you prefer, you can designate some or all of it as a tax deductible
contribution to The Clan MacIntyre Trust. Then, when all the income has
been received and all the expenses/refunds are paid, I’ll make a final
initial report I’ve only mentioned a few of the many performers and
volunteers who made the Gathering possible and contributed to its success. I
will make a separate report to hopefully mention everyone and express my
souvenir program, in collaboration with William Mateer, is itself a document
to be saved and savored. One copy was given to each person who paid the
registration fee. Additional copies will be available on request as a fund
raiser for our fledgling Trust. More information on the goals and
activities of the Trust will be given in a future report.
photos are already posted on
by Alastair McIntyre.
there and also at
http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/macintyre_gathering that is hosted by
Colin McIntyre. Once we get enough photos and perhaps videos, preparation
of a DVD will be considered.
who participated in the MacIntyre sporting tournaments and triathlon, I
apologize for not announcing the winners. There is no question that on the
distaff side Fiona McIntyre of Cooper Plains, Queensland, Australia, was the
winner of all three tournaments and our female triathlete! Fiona caught the
only two fish in the fly casting tournament! Unfortunately, the one and
only listing of the golf scores was misplaced on the way to the Saturday
night ceilidh. To ensure that I make the correct award for the men,
including the prestigious male MacIntyre Invitational triathlete award, I’m
asking all golfers to please send me their score and the score of their
nearest competitor (don’t say you don’t remember). Having seen the scores I
regret having withdrawn for the three competitions.
prescription sunglasses, with a DK brand which suggests they were purchased
in the UK.
found on Sunday at the Final Gathering.
half reading glasses that appear to be well used but at the same time
someone’s favorites. They may have been turned in at the Saturday night
encouraged to send me your thoughts on this and future Gatherings.