It’s my pleasure, as the North American Chieftain of Clan Graham to welcome you to this website. By way of instruction, allow me to introduce myself. His Grace, the 8th Duke of Montrose and Chief of the Clan Graham appointed me to be his Chieftain in North America as did his late father the 7th Duke of Montrose before he passed away in the early 90’s. Back then, I’m proud to say that, the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Scotland also granted me my own personal Armorial Bearing.
It’s been a while since I have been able to send a message but it gives me much pleasure to do so now. Clan Graham is in good shape with its Society officers each keeping up with various assignments and which Society President, David Graham, will no doubt let you know about. They meet via a teleconference call on a regular schedule.
My wife Kate and I had been busy making arrangements for the Clan Graham Society Annual General Meeting (AGM) trip to Scotland in 2020 but that has all been postponed until 2021 because of the worldwide virus pandemic. Drastic changes have been made that involve postponing the AGM trip details in Scotland this year but duplicating them in 2021. On both sides of the Atlantic we seem to be doing all we can to offset its effects but we cannot avoid being very concerned with how it affects our Clan in particular. Our AGM trip to Scotland in 2021 is likely to be scheduled starting July 27th and ending August 7th. We are optimistic that travel around those dates will be normal and possible depending upon international conditions at that time.
As some of you will know, the 2021 AGM trip is expected to include Mugdock Castle, the Preschal Gardens and our Chiefs seat at Buchan Castle. We also plan on visiting the Orkney Islands which are off the far North coast of Scotland. Neither Kate nor I have been there ourselves but those we know that have been there have been enchanted and are ready to go again. We will visit places of particular interest to Grahams since Grahams have had considerable influence in the Orkneys, a fact that has encouraged us to go to these remote islands. Orkney includes Neolithic sites older than Stonehenge in England. I do hope that many of you will join us on this trip at the end of July 2021.
Kate and I have also been to New Zealand and back early this year to join Scots, and in particular, Grahams at two Highland Gatherings and Balls on the North and South islands of New Zealand. We were warmly welcomed by Lady Lilias Bell (nee Graham) who organized the whole thing. Other Grahams from various parts of the world were there to join us too.
I look forward to seeing many of you soon and I pray that you will be safe from the virus pandemic that is all around us.