For immediate release
Monday 16TH JUNE 2014
A Prepared Statement from the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs :
The battle of Bannockburn in 1314 is known to every clansman around the world, so the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs is proud to support this year’s 700th anniversary commemorative event – Bannockburn Live. Clan chiefs will join some forty clan and family groups from across the UK and overseas for this historic occasion.
The two-day event promises to be spectacular – and the SCSC pays tribute to those staging it: Visit Scotland, Unique Events, the National Trust for Scotland and Clanranald Trust. The battle re-enactment will be the largest of its kind ever seen in the country.
The battle of Bannockburn took place 700 years ago as the clans were evolving in the hills, glens, dales and islands of Scotland. Those clans and families with all their history are thriving across the world today, with millions of people claiming Scottish roots in countries like America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. We welcome, in particular, those who will cross oceans to be part of this special weekend.
SCSC Convenor, Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor says:
“2014 will be a great year for clanship for many people and a momentous year with the referendum. There are varying views amongst chiefs and clans over what is best for Scotland. Because of these differing opinions, the SCSC will not comment on independence.
Bannockburn Live will offer all the top quality attractions that Scotland is renowned for. Food and drink, music, genealogy, history and culture. It will be a truly memorable, one-off, occasion. We urge people to take part in what will be a thoroughly enjoyable and unforgettable weekend.”
All enquiries regarding the service of commemoration should be addressed to Martin Hunt at Tartan Silk Public Relations:
t. +44 (0) 131 557 0341 m. +44 (0)7767 401 760 email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors.
The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs is a non-political body. The chiefs and heads of families are a disparate group, as are their views.
The SCSC may be seen as a “collective” on matters of kinship; but it has no collective political view whether on the independence question or any other
Clan chiefs and societies provide many of the 40 million overseas Scots with authentic information and guidance on their clan history. They play a significant role in today’s modern Scotland in attracting many thousands of people of Scots descent around the world back to Scotland every year. Such visitors travel to all parts of Scotland keeping local firms in business, and people in employment, so benefiting Scotland’s overall economy. Clan Chiefs bring inward investment for clan and heritage projects, archaeological projects, genealogical and historical research, and Highland Games. Much of this takes place in remote rural communities in which they live and work. Further information can be found at clanchiefs.org.uk