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“MacFarlane’s Lantern” – Dec 2017 now available

by Glenda Dickson on November 30th, 2017

The December 2017 issue of MacFarlane’s Lantern is now available to download from the Members Area. Please click on Membership Info in the main menu if you are interested in joining.

  • This issue opens with a report on the Annual Joint Clans Luncheon held in South Australia in October, which brought together supporters from the MacDonald, MacFarlane, MacNeil, MacLeod and Campbell Clan Societies. There are also reports of the Annual Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan at Walkerville SA, and our Annual General Meeting.
  • In the main article, Malcolm Lobban creates vivid pictures of a time gone past in his “Childhood Memories of Kinlochard”.  His parents were at one time domestic servants at Alskeith House, near Aberfoyle, Perthshire. Malcolm describes the kitchen smells of ‘scorched fur and feather’ following a hunt for game and the comforting sounds of the burn rushing past the house which often sent him off to sleep. Malcolm also has a family connection with the area, his maternal great-grandmother being a direct descendant of Alexander Miller born circa 1733 Aberfoyle, who married Mary MacFarlane.
  • There is also a look back at Lantern No. 99 with reference to our original “Guide to MacFarlane Country 1987”.   An updated version is now available to download from the main page of the website.
  • We congratulate Aunty Edna on her 105th birthday. Edna Vesty Simes (nee McFarlane) is descended from shipwright, Alexander McFarlane from Greenock, Scotland who arrived in Port Adelaide in 1866.
  • “Ellanvow, Loch Lomond and Geese!” mentions the reference to King James VI’s visit to the island found in Sir Walter Scott’s “The Monastery”.
  • Other items include a small piece “On Military Music”, and some more pearls of wisdom from dear “Granny Mac” on the benefits of ginger.
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