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Clan Donnachaidh Society Gathering and AGM

The Clan Donnachaidh 2021 AGM and Gathering (19 to 22 August) again took place in significantly Covid-affected circumstances.

The lifting of some Covid travel restrictions came too late for the majority of members but around 25 members of the Clan Donnachaidh Society were able to attend the 2021 AGM and other events such as the welcome reception and the service at Struan Kirk, and to wind up the proceedings by enjoying a Sunday lunch at the Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry.

A Zoom virtual get-together enabled some members who were not able to attend to meet with the Chief and those Council and Society members who had been able to get to Pitlochry.

It was agreed at the AGM that the 2022 Gathering would take place during the week beginning on 5 September. The Society hopes that in 2022 it will be possible to welcome many who have not been able to travel this year for a much wider range of activities.

A selection of photos shows some of the events and records visits made by Society members.

Welcome reception at Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry, on 19 August

Gathering at the graves of the Chiefs at Struan Kirk, following the service on 22 August.

The Chief and his family are standing at the east end of the footings of the old church building, which was demolished when the new church was built in 1828. With them are the Revd Jim Reid, Clan Chaplain, and Billy Duncan, the Chief’s Piper.

Several Chiefs of Clan Donnachaidh are buried at Dunalastair, near Kinloch Rannoch. Alexander Robertson of Struan, the 13th Chief, built a house on this part of his estates, which he named the Hermitage.

Following his staunch support for the Jacobite cause in the 1745 uprising, the Hermitage was burnt by government troops and his estates were forfeited. The estate was eventually restored to the 15th Chief in 1784.

He built a house on the site of the Hermitage but this too was later destroyed by fire, this time accidentally. The Chiefs then moved to Dall House on the southern shore of Loch Rannoch.

Inside the clan museum at Bruar

The museum holds a number of clan-associated items from different periods and areas of activity. In particular, as noted by the Jacobite Studies Trust (, the museum has some impressive Jacobite artefacts.

Schiehallion at sunset

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