Clan MacFarlane Worldwide
Clan MacFarlane Worldwide is a 501-c-3 non-profit
organization that supports education projects, archaeology of our
homelands, and our athletes, etc.
Our mission is to explore, document, preserve and share the history, heritage and traditions of ancient Clan MacFarlane and to serve as a connection for all MacFarlane Clan and Sept descendants worldwide.
In August of 2017, Clan MacFarlane Worldwide was one of the Honoured Clans at the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games where we had our annual AMM which was well attended. This gave us the opportunity to extend a hand of friendship to all MacFarlane descendants, Sept descendants and those who shared our interest in the heritage of Clan MacFarlane. Having visitors to our clan tent is a great way for us to endeavor to bring together those interested in this heritage through our growing membership which is now over over 1600 and growing every day. Our Facebook page is very close to 2500 members.
Being at the Games also gave us the opportunity to reach out and introduce people to our DNA project plus encourage them to join. There have been comments that Clan MacFarlane DNA project has one of the largest and best managed projects.
One of the events planned during the week of our AMM was a lecture on Charters at the University of Guelph. Working with the staff at the Scottish Studies and the Archival Special Collections Library was a great experience.
Our President, Preston McFarland and our Archaeology member Peter McFarlin previously discovered many Muniments in a chest stored in the basement of a Library Archives in Scotland. These MacFarlane documents were copied by Preston and Peter and require translation. This will take a while and we are looking for some volunteers. Preston stated that one of the best parts of our 2017 AMM was the professional and expert contacts they made at the University of Guelph.
In 2017, CMW sponsored Creag a Phuirt “The Alms-House” archaeology dig, on the shore of Loch Lomond and this was a great success. We believe that the Alms-House was built by King James in the 16th century and were able to produce a detailed report on the project. Dr. Heather James did an excellent job documenting the dig.
Clan MacFarlane also has an extensive Genealogical site for our members. Our genealogical research and site is kept up by four of our members.
In 2017, donations were made to the Arrochar Heritage and The Three Villages in Scotland. These two organizations have done a great job in sharing the history of Clan MacFarlane and we’re pleased to be able to support them. We also supported Jennifer Knox and her son John Davis-Knox, who compete in the athletics events at several different games. We wish them success as they represent themselves, their ancestry, and CMW in 2018.
During the CMW Board of Directors’ January 2018 meeting, it was approved that we provide information and updates to our members a new method. Starting in 2018, the newsletter “Loch Sloy” quarterly will be discontinued. A popular publication, we decided that information that should be available on a more timely basis. Instead, CMW will provide 2 different methods of deliver. The “LOCH SLOY” (monthly) will now be the new monthly newsletter that will provide dates and additional information about Clan MacFarlane Worldwide activities such as games calendar, listing of Directors and Executive and a few bits of updated information. It will be posted to the website: http://www.clanmacfarlane.org and available to anyone as well as our Facebook page.
All the articles that were published in the former magazine will now be published at our website in a new blog format that will allow our users to search through articles they wish to read. When something new is published to the website, the members will be provided with an abstract of the article or teaser of the information. We feel that when the editor is ready to retire, it will be much easier for a new volunteer to take on this project for Clan MacFarlane Worldwide.
In 2018, our AMM will be at the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival at Estes Park in Colorado, September 6th – 9th .There is a Bus Trip to Scotland planned for CMW in 2019. Keep an eye on our CMW website as plans progress.
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