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After our successful first Scottish meeting in 2016, and our appearance at the Edinburgh Tattoo in 2017, it looks to be a quieter year on this side of the pond in 2018. The main Ewing event will undoubtedly be the Ewing Family Association’s 15th Biennial Gathering in Nashville, Tennessee (August 17-19, 2018).

For our next UK event, we are looking forward to 2019, when Clan Ewing will have a presence at the Cowal Highland Gathering (29-31 August, 2019) which is being organised with the assistance of the EFA and is partially supported by the Scottish Clan Event Fund.

The Cowal Gathering is a significant Highland Games, visited by 23,000 people each year, and, as it’s held in Dunoon, it’s also the closest Games to our ancestral homeland on the banks of Loch Fyne. So a visit to at least one of the clan castles should be on the schedule (but if talk of clan castles is new to you, think grassy mound rather than sturdy stone barbicans with picturesque battlements). As some of you may be aware, we had hoped that meeting this would be the venue for a legal Family Convention to appoint a new chief, but the word from Lyon Court is that, in clans where the chiefship has been long dormant and the chiefly line is lost, Lord Lyon would prefer to see new commanders serve for a minimum of ten years before any move to appoint a chief. That said, we expect it to be a terrific event, and I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Finally, a word about the tartan. My apologies for the hiatus in supply which meant that there was no tartan instock in the run-up to Christmas last year. To my surprise, Lochcarron inform me that they are unable to monitorstock levels, so I’ll have to try to keep a closer eye on this myself. The good news is, there is now tartan in stock again. I think I’ve managed to re-contact everyone who sent an enquiry last year—if I’ve missed you, please do get back in touch. As well as the regular items listed on the website, we also have several scarves (measuring 9” x 54”) which are available for £20 each plus p&p. Like our other garments these are in worsted tartan, not in a soft and fluffy cloth.

Best wishes to all for 2018,
John Thor Ewing
AUDACITER

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Chancellor’s Message

beth toscos 2018The busy summer of 2018 is upon us and Ewing family members from around the globe are contacting one another and initiating queries about their personal family lines. In addition to our Journal Information Exchange, the Ewing Family Association website, the Discussion Group page and the continually growing Clan Ewing Facebook group  and the EFA Facebook page offer a tremendous opportunity for information sharing. It is rewarding to see so many younger Ewings showing interest in their family genealogies. Previous research done by so many of us can help subsequent generations get a better understanding of their emigrant ancestors, when they left the UK, Scotland or Ireland, and what experiences have made them into world citizens today. Although much is now known, many questions remain, and the research continues!

By the time you receive this Newsletter, the first of our 2018 Heritage events will be over. Remaining events are:

Ewing Family Gathering, August 17-19
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, Nashville, TN,

153rd Scottish Highland Gathering & Games, Sept. 1-2
Alameda Co. Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA
Tent Captain, Larry Ewing

Information on both events can be accessed at www.ewingfamilyassociation.org. Stay tuned for more upcoming events.

All family researchers and genealogists have favorite ways of learning about the past. One of mine is reading about the history surrounding the Ewing family in places where they have lived. This includes historical fiction, when it has been well researched. I am currently reading “The Chronicles of Iona: Exile” by Paula de Fougerolles (Careswell Press, 2012). Ms. de Fougerolles has created a gripping story of the early Dal Riata Scots (c. 563 A.D.) who migrated from Ireland to the west of Scotland and assisted St. Columba in settling on the Isle of Iona. The author creates a wonderful tale based on the limited historical facts available and gives us a flavor of what it must have been like to live at that time in early Scots history. Ms. de Fougerolles holds a doctorate from the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge. This book is followed by three more in the Chronicle, all surrounding Columba and the Dal Riata Scots.

Hoping to see you at an EFA event!

Beth Ewing Toscos
Chancellor

A Word from the Commander

thor ewingAs I write this, my thoughts are looking ahead to Nashville, TN, where I’m looking forward to attending the Ewing Gathering on 17th—19th August, just a matter of weeks away now. I hope to see many of you there too.

Somewhat to my surprise, I’m also focusing once again on the possibility of a Derbhfine or Clan Convention in 2019. In previous correspondence with Lyon Court in Edinburgh, it appeared certain that this was no longer on the cards, but there does now seem to be the possibility that it might all be back on. Whatever the case, there will be a Clan Ewing presence at the Cowal Highland Games in Scotland next year, 29th—31st August 2019.

If you’re confused, you’re not the only one, but I hope to have news one way or another when I see you in Nashville!


AUDACITER
John Thor Ewing

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2017

Next August will see another Clan Ewing event in Scotland, as we are privileged to have been invited to participate as a clan in the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo on Tuesday, August 6, 2017. The Tattoo is widely regarded as one of the greatest shows on Earth, and attracts sell-out crowds year after year. We will be sharing this evening with Clan MacPherson, under the leadership of their chief, Sir William Macpherson of Cluny and Blairgowrie.

Clansfolk will gather before the show in rooms on the Royal Mile (probably in the Lord Provost’s official rooms). The kilted and tartan-clad clans will then parade onto the Castle Esplanade, in view of the entire Tattoo audience; the chiefs or commanders then take a dram with the presiding Pipe Major, and thereafter, accompany the official Salute-taker throughout the evening. As well as a spectacular show the audience will be invited to come dressed in their Clan, Family or group tartan or just one that they like wearing.

If you’d like to take part, it makes sense to book well before the final deadline. Ticket prices are likely to range from £25 to £70 for standard seats, with more exclusive options also available. More information should be available at: www.edintattoo.co.uk.

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