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Info on Clan Currie

Title: Info on Clan Currie
Posted by: Andrew Bishop on 13-06-2014

Discussion: My wife and I are hoping to be on Uist June 16th to 18th and are looking for any info on the Clan Currie.
Thank you

Andybishopaudio@gmail.com

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Posted by: David Currie on 18-09-2014

Andrew

Just came across these posts. I'm sure you have now seen the article referred to above with a photo of the group around the cairn. I was fortunate enough to be present at the dedication (that's me in the red jumper). The photo doesn't offer a detailed view of the wording on the plaque so I will email you a close up for your file...! I'm an International member of Askernish Golf Club and get across a couple of times a year to play the greatest links course in the world. Slainte...

Posted by: Robert Currie on 16-06-2014

Hello Andrew,

Bob Currie here, president of the Clan Currie Society. So glad you were able to connect with Angus.

As mentioned, we erected a MacMhuirich Memorial Cairn at the site of the Bard's home in Stilligarry. You might also find a visit to the Kildonan Museum helpful in understanding life on South Uist.

We hope to someday have a Clan Centre on the island to further educate the general public on this great Bardic family of ours.

Are you aware of our Clan Gathering and Symposium coming up later this month at Bannockburn and Glasgow? We'd love to have you join us.

Complete details at www.clancurriegathering.com.

Cordially.

Bob Currie

Posted by: Angus MacMillan on 15-06-2014

Right, having covered the logistics, a bit about the MacMhuirichs. From the first half of the 13th C after Muireadhach clove the skull of the rent collector at Lios an doill with an axe, they were in Cowal and at some time became bards to Clan Donald. That remained their role till JohnIV of the Isles was forfeited in 1493, at which time Angus Og, Master of the Isles, who was running an alternative Lordship, was murdered in Inverness. His bard, who was present, transferred his allegiance to the younger of Clanranald who was also there. The bards were given lands at Stilligarry in South Uist, where they ran abardic school, hence the cairn. There is a sloinneadh dating from 1800 that gives nine names but only half are known to have ben bards. They include Niall Mor, Niall Og and Donald. The man who provided the sloinneadh was still MacMhuirich in 1800 but became Currie in 1811. Most of his descendants emigrated to cape Breton. In 1725, the Captaincy of Clanranald had passed to Benbecula and there were already bards there, some of whom became MacPherson rather than Currie.

Posted by: Angus MacMillan on 15-06-2014

Hello Andrew, I am the historian for Clan Currie. How can I help? unfortunately, I shall be in the islands (in fact Benbecula) from 20th June ready for the Clan MacMillan visit but not by 18th. How are you leaving the islands? We will be near Fort William on our way to Uig and the ferry for Lochmaddy at that time so, if you are headin in the other direction we might meet up. Angus

Posted by: southuist.com admin on 14-06-2014

Andrew, hi there.

There is a news article here http://www.southuist.com/news.php?action=view&id=74 and also you can ask the Clan directly on twitter:

https://twitter.com/ClanMhuirich

I asked them on your behalf and they replied with this:

'We recommend the Kildonan Museum and the Currie (MacMhuirich) Cairn at Stilligarry. Any chance of meeting us at Bannockburn'

Hope you get what you need.

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