23rd Chief’s Message 10th August 2012

| August 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

It is some time since a Chief’s message has been published and I apologise. However, since Diana my wife became ill in October 2011 my time has been taken up with personal and family matters, and since her death on the 2nd January with her Executory and with my move from Leuchars to 9 Drumcarrow Road in St Andrews last month.

A welcome break from all this was the “Balquihidder, Strathyre and Lochearnhead Highland Games” held at Lochearnhead on Saturday 21st
July. This traditional highland games has been going for some 75 years and is very much a local (including Killin and Glendochart) event attracting local entrants and others, who turn up on the day, to enter and take part. This includes children! Spectators come from
a wider area, also visitors on holiday. This year the latter included some from Canada, America, Italy, France and other Europeans. Clan Gregor and Clan MacLaren and their chiefs regularly take part. I myself was for many years Hon President and have been Chieftain of the Games a number of times.

The Chieftain this year was my son Jamie Macnab yr of Macnab – his Chieftain’s address has been posted on the website along with this message. Clan Macnab had a tent. In addition to other clansmen, all my family were present including six of my eight grandchildren (the two eldest, Alice and Emma Fyffe are now at university and could not get away). Most of them entered in the junior races. I am slowly settling into 9 Drumcarrow Road. Leaving Leuchars Castle Farmhouse was an extensive operation in itself. Downsizing involves a lot of thought and work for all concerned. Fortunately all my family were involved, which was a great help. I do however still have a number of boxes still to unpack!

Now at the age of 86, I am by stages passing all Clan affairs on to Jamie. Efforts to get the Clan Society organised proceed. However Jamie and the others involved all have busy business lives and only limited time to devote to it. My current task is the
preparation of the report and accounts of the Macnab Memorial Trust. It is, I believe, public knowledge that the Breadalbane Folklore Centre at the Old Mill in Killin has now been closed. This has caused problems for the Trustees, which remain ongoing! The Trustees report will be published as soon as possible.

My best wishes to all Macnabs wherever you may be.
James Macnab of Macnab

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