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AGM

The AGM for this year will be held at Stone Ways, Auckland on Sunday the 27th of September.

The meeting will commence at 4pm and will be followed by a pot luck Scottish themed dinner and we would also like to show a small slide show on the Gathering. As this dinner a few weeks after Robert Fergusson's 259th birthday we would like the meal to feature seafood as this was his favorite fare.

RSVP to Alan or Jane on (09)6303323

 

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Past Events

 

 


 

'THE GATHERING  & CLAN FERGUSSON  - 2009'

The Gathering 2009

 

A fantastic week of Clan Activities based at Stirling  - the heart of Scotland.

 

It was great to meet all the lovely clansfolk who turned up from all over the world for this event, the legendary Scottish hospitality and great Highland spirit lives on and was experienced by all of the attendees. A special thank you to Duncan Ferguson of Bearsden for his enthusiasm and superb organization and all the committee of Clan Fergusson UK for their unstinting efforts - you made us welcome and we did come home !

 

 

 

 A few of the pictures from the Clan Fergusson Events and "The Gathering"  23 - 27 July 2009 in Stirling and Edinburgh, SCOTLAND.

 

 

 


Robbie Burns turned 250 in 2009

New Zealand celebrated first !

 


Burns by Alexander Nasmyth, 1787

 

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 21 July 1796)

The key to the Homecoming celebrations in Scotland for 2009 is the 250th anniversary of the national bards birthday.

The first event to mark the bards birthday was held in Auckland New Zealand and hosted by Clan Fergusson New Zealand

at 08.20 hours on Sunday 25th of January at the Robbie Burns Statue in the Auckland Domain.

 

The 250th Anniversary Breakfast

This event was convened by Alan Ferguson to mark this special birthday of Robbie Burns, it is probably the first celebration of the bard in the world. The event was held at the Robbie Burns Memorial in the Auckland Domain at 0800 hours on Sunday the 25th of January 2009.

Fergussons have a debt to this man for his posthumous generousity to our own bard Robert Fergusson 1751 to 1775 buried at Cannongate Kirk on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

We marked the event with flower laying, Piping and speeches and poems and toast to the immortal memory and a Clan Campbell toast to their illustrious poet. Representatives from Clan Donald and the Scottish Clans Association Murdock McDonald and John Buckler, as well as Don Cameron from Clan Cameron, Margaret Weedon from Clan Munro, Robbie and Debbie Macintyre, as well as President of Clan Fergu(s)on , Ian Ferguson and Secretary Alan and his wife Jane Ferguson and their boys Maxwell and William.

 

The breakfast was fresh Baps and fruit juice supplied by Clan Fergus(s)on.

Alan Ferguson gives the address to the Immortal Memory.

Scotland the Brave by Malcolm Campbell

A floral tribute by Margaret Weeden of Clan Munro.

 

Our Gathering of the Clans

 

 

Caledonia

the Official Homecoming Song 2009

Dougie MacLean

 

I don't know if you can see
The changes that have come over me
In these last few days I've been afraid
That I might drift away
So I've been telling old stories, singing songs
That make me think about where I came from
And that's the reason why I seem
So far away today


Oh, but let me tell you that I love you
That I think about you all the time
Caledonia you're calling me
And now I'm going home
If I should become a stranger
You know that it would make me more than sad
Caledonia's been everything
I've ever had


Now I have moved and I've kept on moving
Proved the points that I needed proving
Lost the friends that I needed losing
Found others on the way
I have kissed the ladies and left them crying
Stolen dreams, yes there's no denying
I have traveled hard with coattails flying
Somewhere in the wind

(Chorus)
Now I'm sitting here before the fire
The empty room, the forest choir
The flames that could not get any higher
They've withered now they've gone
But I'm steady thinking my way is clear
And I know what I will do tomorrow
When the hands are shaken and the kisses flow
Then I will disappear