Clan Macpherson Association Gathering

August 2nd - 5th 2024


The Gathering this year will follow the traditional format. We shall be using the Duke of Gordon Hotel located in Kingussie for the Ball, the Supper, and the Ceilidh, which means there is a very firm limit on numbers attending these events. Surprisingly the Gathering takes quite a bit of time and effort to organize; please be kind to us and get your booking in early.


CMA meetings for the Trustees, MAC and Council members will take place prior to the Gathering via on-line conference. Check with your Committee Chairman for the scheduled date and time. A time has been set aside for these committees to meet in person as an informal gathering on Friday in the Ballroom.


The Programme is subject to change. The final Programme will be provided at registration.

Clan Macpherson Association 2024 Gathering Programme
Thursday Clan Chattan AGM & Dinner - Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness - Evening, optional for members of Clan Chattan. RSVP - online at the Clan Chattan Association website
Friday Registration - Duke of Gordon Hotel - Between 08:00 - 15:00
Welcome Meeting for Newcomers - Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie 09:00 - 10:00
Officer's Council & MAC Get Together - Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie 10:15 - 11:45
Duke of Gordon Ballroom opened as casual seating for Gathering - 12:00 - 14:00
Dance Practice - Duke of Gordon Hotel - 14:00 - 15:30
Let's Talk Shinty - Hugh Dan MacLennon BBC Broadcaster, Author - Location Talla Nan Ros Center (Across from the Duke of Gordon) - 16:00 - 17:30
Sir Tommy Macpherson's Memorial Shinty Match - The Dell, Kingussie - Starts at 18:00
Chief's Reception, Group Photo, Dinner, and Highland Ball - Duke of Gordon Hotel. - Reception 19:00 - Group Photo Front of the Duke of Gordon (weather permitting) 19:45 - Dinner will be served at 20:00 - Dancing until 01:00.
Saturday AGM of the Clan Macpherson Association - Village Hall, Newtonmore. 10:30
Newtonmore Highland Games - Held at the Eilan from 10:30 - Pay at the Gate
Clan March from Old Ralia to The Eilan - Marchers to meet at Old Ralia at 13:45. The step off is 14:00. Games entry fee will be collected here prior to the March. The March will be followed by conviviality in the Clan Tent.
Stovies Supper - Duke of Gordon Hotel, Ballroom - 18.00
Ceilidh - Duke of Gordon Hotel, Ballroom 19:30
Sunday Church Service - Kingussie Parish Church. 10:30
Informal Picnic - Cairn Site, Glentruim - from 12:30
Walk and Talk - From the Cairn 14:00 - 16:00
Dinner by personal arrangement
Monday Talk about Ewen Macpherson "Cluny" of the "45" - Clan Macpherson Musuem 9:30


Most events at the Gathering do not have a dress code – just wear what you feel comfortable in for the occasion – the exceptions being the Dinner and Ball, and the Saturday March. The Dinner and Ball is Highland Dress/Black Tie, and the March on Saturday afternoon is Smart Day Wear (kilt with jacket and t ie for men; smart tartan knee-length, or slightly longer, skirt for woman) If headgear is worn, please ensure it is Highland. Remember that this is a formal march supporting our Chief, and attracts attention from local people and visitors, so please, neither mini nor full length skirts, no trainers/sneakers, sandals, baseball caps or other casual items, and no pets.


The Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, has kindly offered us a preferential rate of £72.50 pp bed & breakfast and a rate of £30.00 single supplement pp Bed & Breakfast for the Gathering weekend. For further information: Tel: 01540 661302 or E-mail: Booking via their website will not give you the special Macpherson price.

Please book your hotel room by 1 June 2024. The room block we have at Duke of Gordon will be released on 1 June 2024 and the remaining rooms will be opened to the public for booking.


Numbers are limited for the paid events and tickets will be supplied on a first come, first served basis. If fully subscribed a waiting list will operate. Members may have up to two guests, and any guest over that number will be put on a waiting list and spaces allocated shortly before the event. If you should have a change of plans, please notify the Secretary, as soon as possible if booking tickets are not required, to allow for speedy re-allocation.

Please, we ask that those living in the UK pay by cheque or bank transfer. If you live in the UK please complete the online booking form and select “pay by bank transfer”. You will receive an e-mail acknowledging your booking and giving the account details and a reference number to send to your bank. Payment will not be taken until you do that. If you like the convenience of online booking but do not want to use bank transfer, simply follow the instructions above, but ignore the email when it comes in and send a cheque, with your name and address, to the address below.

Postal bookings: Please complete the Ticket Application form (or print the online printable form) and send it, with a cheque payable to the Clan Macpherson Association, to the Treasurer at the below address or email.

Mrs. Annie Le Roy-Lewis
The Old Manse, Trochry, PH8 0DY, Perthshire, Scotland


To secure a full refund, you must cancel your booking before 1 July 2024. Any cancellations after that date will be handled on an individual basis. Your tickets will be put on a list for last minute guests. If the tickets are not used no refunds will be given.

After 12 July 2024 the banquet numbers will be finalized, and no refunds will be given.


Tickets will be available for collection at the registration table on Friday in the lobby at the Duke of Gordon, Kingussie.  A table plan will be drawn up for the Friday Dinner & Ball and displayed in the lobby as well. Please note where asked on the booking form, any people with whom you would like to sit. We will do our best to accommodate your wishes, sadly it may not always be possible. Your party, i.e. the people named on your booking form, will be seated together unless you request otherwise. If you have any young people (early teens to 20-ish and approximately 20-30) who may prefer to sit with similarly aged people, please indicate both their wish and age. The Reception, Ball and Dinner on Friday night is not normally suitable for children under 10 years of age.


The distance between Kingussie and Newtonmore is three miles. There is a very limited number of taxis and no Ubers. You are encouraged to rent a car or share-a-ride. There will be a sheet of those who have a car and are willing to share-a-ride to various events during the Gathering weekend as parking can be limited. The sheet will be found at the Registration Desk. No rides are guaranteed! Please check personally with those who are offering the ride and arrange a pickup location.


For additional information on any aspect of the Gathering please contact CMA Secretary at .

For information on where to stay and what to do please visit the Newtonmore and Kingussie websites.

Many thanks to George McPherson, FL, for providing the photos in the Gathering slideshow above. For larger copies of the slideshow photos contact the Webmaster, .