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
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