We had a stand at the Scotland in the Park event again this year - held this time at the Greenbank Sports Reserve in Greenbank, just to the south-west of Brisbane. This is now an annual event, held at about the same time each year. Please click on the photos below to view a larger version.
On the main field, there were about 25 traders and clan society stands, as well as the stage for performances. There was a full day program of Scottish bands, singing, and dancing, plus a pipe band competition on an adjoining sports field.
The day began with a Calling of the Clans, with 8 clans assembling in front of the stage after a procession around the field. We each responded to the call with our clan motto.
The first photo below shows our stand. The map of the clan areas was a magnet for people to find their clan's location in Scotland.
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We had our Elliot clan banner for the annual Kirking o' the Tartan service at St Paul's Presbyterian Church in Brisbane last Sunday. We were one of about 10 clans and Celtic associations in the procession into the church. Our clan was represented by Judy, our grandson (Elliot) and me.
Our next event will be at Scotland in the Park on 19 July.
The first highland gathering held in Boonah, Queensland, since 1929 took place on 30 May. Earlier gatherings were hold in 1906, 1909, 1914 and 1929, attracting up to 10,000 people from all over southern Queensland to this small town about 90 kilometres south-west of Brisbane. The area was settled by Scottish families in the mid-1800s after the region was opened to settlers, and several cattle stations were established - and later broken up into dairy and crop farms.
This gathering was held in conjunction with the Clydesdale Spectacular, an annual event in Boonah. The Clydesdale breed originated in Scotland, so the combined event was appropriate. One of the judged classses was for clans - a clan banner followed by a piper and clan representatives, all led into the arena by a Clydesdale wearing a sash in the clan tartan. Our Elliot clan banner is shown below, held by Judy Hodgkinson (nee Elliot), with the Clydesdale behind them.
A full day's program of events for the gathering included highland dancing, pipe bands, Scottish food, and demonstrations such as the history of the bagpipes, setting up a pipe band, and different forms of dancing. The event ended with a dinner and ceilidh.
The organisers hope to make the highland gathering an annual event now, increasing it to two days and possibly longer, as it was seen to be very a successful trial.
The official Elliot Clan Society website is a virtual gathering place for all Elliots, Elliotts, Eliotts, Eliots and anyone else who is interested in the Clan's history. The society has several international branches and members can be found all over the world.
This is the website of the Australian branch of the Elliot Clan Society.
Boldly and Rightly
Chief Margaret Eliott
Margaret of Redheugh
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Book for Sale
The society has copies of the book "Clan", by David P. Elliot for sale for $18. If you would like to order it, please send us an email.
The story draws heavily on the Clan system in Scotland in a very turbulent period in The Borders. It includes both contemporary and historical information which will interest those who enjoy supernatural or historical or thriller genres.
David Elliot is 57, frustrated, out of work and has three failed marriages behind him. In 2007 he goes to the Borders of Scotland hoping that his ancestry will help him find some validation of his life. Accompanied by his daughter, son-in-law and his grandson Thomas, he finds that his bloodline leads his family into terrifying danger. 700 years of history threaten those he holds dearest, as myth and reality of “The Bloodiest Valley in Britain” combine.
The corruption of the rich and powerful meets legend as Good and Evil clash over the ancient Throne of Scotland and power in the modern world. William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Border Reivers, creatures of supernatural horror and past heroes of the Elliot Clan are all involved, as the evil Lord William de Soulis actions his plan to assume power over an unsuspecting world.
All that stands against him is a family fighting desperately to protect a child. Their only weapon is their love of family… the power of their Clan.