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The Weekend of an Epoch ...
500th Anniversary of Flodden Field
Come to the 2013 Clan Home Gathering!
6 - 9th September 2013 at
Wedderburn Castle, Duns, Berwickshire
Invitation Letter from Convenor, Dr Ian Maitland Hume
Dear Clan Home Member
The third Gathering
of Clan Home coincides with the 500th anniversary of the Battle of
The 9th of
September 2013 is the 500th anniversary of The Battle of Flodden, in
which many of our ancestors fought and died, or unusually survived.
Every five years The
Clan Home Association, whose President is our Clan Chief, The Earl of Home,
organises a Clan Gathering. This year there will be a series of events from the
6th – 9th September for members of our Clan, their
families and prospective members to enjoy.
The Gathering which
starts on the afternoon of the 6th September is centred on the
magnificent Wedderburn Castle near Duns which will act as the main base for our
plus a chance to meet
local people from the surrounding villages and specially invited guests
from other Border Clans including some Chiefs.
history opportunities and a chance to share family trees of the many branches represented.
- Guided coach tour
with lunch to see some of the places of interest to Clan members in Berwickshire
including great houses associated with the extended family of Homes or Humes.
- Lunch, as the guests
of the Earl and Countess of Home, in their ancestral home The Hirsel at
Coldstream, preceded by the AGM of the Association and a Report from the
Trustees of Hume Castle.
Dinners at Wedderburn Castle on the Saturday
and Sunday with music and dancing to a band on Saturday evening.
An event in the grounds of the ruined 12th
century Hume Castle with the raising of the Home banner (refreshments will be
Talks on the Clan’s history by experts
Drama performances and Scottish Pipe music
- Activities for children
An ecumenical Church
Service commemorating Flodden is planned for the Sunday evening with a
specially invited preacher.
On Monday the 9th the
Gathering will conclude after a fascinating visit to the site of the
battlefield of Flodden, just over the border with England. There will be a talk
on the battle.
Events and meals have
been organised so that you can attend one, more or all of them. Costs vary and
some are free so that the Gathering is as affordable as possible. Costs are
posted on the booking form. Those who have already expressed an interest will
have tickets for all events held for them subject to receipt of a deposit
within a specified timeframe.
If events are
oversubscribed, the Council of the Association will decide which applications
are accepted. Given the level of interest already expressed, the Association is
exploring the possibility of a parallel dinner at a comparable venue on the
Saturday evening, should demand warrant it.
The Association is
inviting anyone with a blood line or link to the Homes and Humes to come along.
We welcome all ages and your surname does not have to be Home or Hume.
Membership fees have been reduced as we want to encourage membership from
families and the younger generation in particular. If you have a link, however
vague, we hope you will consider joining.
Prices have been
reduced for those under 25. Donations from older attendees to assist with the
cost to the Association would be very much welcomed.
Information on local accommodation will shortly be linked on the website.
Nearly a hundred
strong expressions of interest have already been made so please do not wait
long before you respond to
Please also pass the
word about this exciting and historical event round your family, grandparents,
cousins, and children.
The Clan Gathering
and the annual AGM have in recent years been notable for fostering new
friendships and developing old ones across the world. Amazingly, DNA tests have
also helped tell us more about to whom we are genetically connected.
Don’t miss the fun –
book now using the form!
Ian Maitland Hume
Convenor, Clan Home Association
9 March 2013
Read the program of events
A message from our Chief and President of the Clan Home Association
There are not
many families who can pinpoint with more accuracy the part of the world from
which their ancestors came than the Homes, let alone have an eponymous castle
so conveniently spelt that it neatly embraces the alternate and more popular
spelling of the name with an U. Nor indeed can many families still visit the
ancestral homes of the main branches of their forbears.
We have just held a very enjoyable AGM in October 2012 in which we announced that the 3rd Clan Gathering of Clan Home will, subject to final confirmation, be held in the Scottish Borders in September 2013 coinciding with the 500th Aniversary of the Battle of Flodden Field.
The Clan Home Association acquired Hume Castle in 2005 from the Berwickshire Civic Society and thus into Clan ownership, a very
democratic initiative which gives every member a real stake in our worldwide
It is 356 years
since Oliver Cromwell’s Colonels came into conflict with my ancestor, the 3rd
Earl, and battered the Castle with their
artillery. It was a key defensive point
against the English invaders, so there
is certain appropriateness that after a somewhat chequered history over those
years, we should be able to share it amongst us all.
We aim to make belonging
to the Clan Home Association a truly rewarding experience which is why your Council
and other members are working internationally as a team to produce a website
that will enable us all to have access to a whole range of information and
links for family and historical research purposes. But that is only the start
because we have already harnessed the help of family members in the U.K. the U.S.A and New Zealand whose existing
painstaking work will also be available on line. We are confidently expecting
others to come forward as we develop the functions of the site and establish
links with other invaluable genealogical sites that assist in the task of tracing
importantly the concept of bonding with kith and kin in a more personal way
through the Clan Gatherings and through meetings large and small in countries
all over the world, through forming friendships that could never happen realistically
if we had not taken the plunge to establish this central structure. This does
seem to be the right time.
My late father Lord Home of the Hirsel was very
relaxed about the role of Clan chief and he could not have known how much
easier the world wide web would make it for me to take up the task, knowing
that the CHA could at relatively low cost reach out to Homes and Humes in every
corner of the globe.
Now we have this amazing communication tool at our fingertips let us use it to bind our family together more closely, to explore our roots and enjoy belonging to a family whose motto "True to the End" is such a fine one by which to set our standards.
Earl of Home, CVO. CBE