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A record attendance is expected at the Clans Tent at Inverness Highland Games.
A record attendance is expected at the Clans Tent at Inverness Highland Games.

A record attendance of clans is expected at the Clans Tent at this year’s Inverness Highland Games.

Following the success of the 2023 Clans Tent, it is set to be even bigger at the upcoming Games on Saturday at Bught Park.

Clans Chisholm, Cameron, Farquharson, Urquhart, Mackenzie, MacRae, Rose, Donald, MacMillan, Macpherson, Grant, Davidson, Stewart, Chattan, Fraser of Lovat, Macleod and MacEwen will each host stalls and tables at the tent which will be located in the centre of the Games site.

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Each participating clan will have information on its origin, its history and culture.

The exhibition aims to widen the spread of knowledge about the nature of history of clans in the Highlands, and the important cultural and social role they had, and continue to have.

The clans involved in the Clan Tent in 2023. Picture: Callum Mackay.
The clans involved in the Clan Tent in 2023. Picture: Callum Mackay.

The Scottish Tartan Authority, The Heraldry Society of Scotland, The Highland Archive Centre and the Inverness Outlanders will also host individual tables in the tent, providing a wealth of knowledge and resource for those seeking information on the individual and community history and heritage of the Highlands.

The Clans Tent is a chance to discover more about the history and stories of clans.
The Clans Tent is a chance to discover more about the history and stories of clans.

Ross McEwen, who has organised the tent this year, said there was growing global interest in clan culture.

“The response from clans wishing to participate has been exceptional this year, and this would not be possible without the great support from Highland Council and its events team in making the Clans Tent a reality,” said Mr McEwen who is the grandson of the late Inverness Courier chief reporter Alec McEwen.

“Interest and engagement in clan culture around the world continues to increase here and abroad and in the Highlands we are very fortunate to have such a vast and enchanting heritage all around us, and the upcoming Inverness Highland Games will be the perfect occasion for these ancient names to fly their flag, literally, and be present.”


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