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Clan Home At Grandfather Mountain Games – July 7 through 10, 2016

Clan Home members are encouraged to attend the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linnville, North Carolina, USA:

The Highland Games themselves are something to be witnessed and enjoyed by Scotland lovers everywhere, in a mountain-surrounded setting that will surely conjure up memories of the Highlands. But members and associates of the Home Clan worldwide will want to attend this event to foster interaction between the Home/Hume family lines from around the world. Please plan to attend the games if you will be in the area and enjoy the time with other Clan Home members!!

This will be both fun and rewarding:

If you are a Home/Hume family member, or associate (i.e. related to a Home/Hume by marriage or in some other way) we strongly urge you to attend this gathering to help cement the ties between Homes/Humes in the United States, Scotland and around the world; you will be able to march in the Parade of Tartans to show off the Home/Hume Tartan and most of all simply enjoy yourself.

KEY INTERNET LINKS CONCERNING THE EVENT:

Main page of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games website:
http://www.gmhg.org/

Events Schedule for weekend of Thursday, July 7th through Sunday, July 10th
http://www.gmhg.org/events.htm

Ticket Order Form
https://www.ktti.com/secureticketorderform2016.htm

Joint CHA-CHS Meeting Scheduled At Grandfather Mountain Games – July 9 through 12, 2015

Here is something new and interesting! For the past many years the Clan Home Association (CHA) in the UK and the Clan Home Society (CHS) in the US[1], two organizations  set up to support and perpetuate Hume family interests, have operated in parallel but separately, and with too little interaction with each other. Following the unique and historic Gathering in September 2013 of the CHA in the Border Counties in Scotland, a seminal Home event timed to join the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden Field, a decision was made to have a joint meeting of CHA and CHS in the United State as soon as mutually convenient.

We have great pleasure in reporting to you that this joint meeting will now take place in conjunction with this year’s annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (GMHG) event in North Carolina which takes place from Thursday July 9th to Sunday July 12th. The Games themselves are something to be witnessed and enjoyed by Scotland lovers everywhere, in a mountain-surrounded setting that will surely conjure up memories of the Highlands. But for members and associates of the Hume clan this event will have added special significance this year, given that both the leaders and some rank and file members of both the UK and US organizations will be gathering. The intention will be to enjoy the Games and to participate in joint CHA-CHS meetings to discuss how best to foster interaction between the two wings going forward.

This will be both fun and rewarding: If you are a Home/Hume family member, or associate (i.e. related to a Home/Hume by marriage or in some other way) we strongly urge you to attend this gathering to help cement the ties between Homes/Humes in the United States, Scotland and around the world; you will be able to march in the Parade of Tartans to show off the Hume Tartan and most of all simply enjoy yourself.

The practical coming together will be at a joint meeting commencing at 6:30pm on Saturday 11th July at the Best Western Mountain Lodge in Banner Elk in a clearly designated Home/Hume room which will hold 40 of us where a buffet supper will be provided for $22.95 per person plus tax and a 20% gratuity. Please indicate that you will be coming either to Gospatric Home the Convenor of Clan Home Association at gos@lilyfarm.co.uk or Camille Simmons the President of Clan Home Society at cbsimmons@earthlink.net.

Details on how to sign up are contained in the links below.

Gospatric Home
Convener, Clan Home Association (CHA)
Chairman, Hume Castle Trust
Chairman, Clan Home Council;
Lily Farm, Parslows Hillock, Princes Risborough, Bucks, England.
HP27 0RN
Email: gos@lilyfarm.co.uk
Phone: 01494 488 268

Camille Simmons
President, Clan Home Society (CHS)
1205 Avery Way
Kernersville, NC 27284
USA
Email: cbsimmons@earthlink.net
Phone: 336-996-5526

KEY INTERNET LINKS CONCERNING THE EVENT:

Main page of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games website:
http://www.gmhg.org/

Events Schedule for weekend of Thursday, July 9th through Sunday, July 12th
http://www.gmhg.org/events.htm

Ticket Order Form
https://www.ktti.com/secureticketorderform2015.htm

[1] The Clan is officially registered under the name Home, but it embraces the also common form Hume.

Royal Commission Survey at Hume Castle

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland has indicated that it is minded to undertake a survey at Hume. This follows a meeting with Hume Castle Trustees in November at which we explained our plans to put more information panels at the site to help visitors make greater sense of what they see. We hope the results of the survey will enable us to make a visit to the Castle truly fascinating.

Future Plans – South Africa and the United States

Two foreign visits are planned for the Association in 2015. First, we intend to visit the Humes in South Africa, meeting them near Port Elizabeth this spring. Second, we plan a trip across the Atlantic to join the Clan Home Society at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina on the occasion of the Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans on 9th-12th July. We are unsure how many members can be accommodated in South Africa but any member of the Association who wishes to join in the US trip will be most welcome. If you do wish to join us, please contact the Association at www.membership@clan-home.org.uk

Clan Home Association Gathering 2013

The 2013 Gathering of the Clan Home took place over the period 6th-9th September. It was a great success, with over 120 attending. Typical comments from attendees were ‘brilliant’ and ‘magnificent’. A particularly welcome feature of the event was the presence of large contingents from other countries around the world, including the United States and South Africa. Others came from Canada, New Zealand, Norway, the Netherlands, Finland among other places. Some wore their own (non-Scottish) national dress at times!
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Tidworth

The Association enjoyed a splendid visit to the Scottish Gunners in their barracks at Tidworth on 27 June 2014. We were given an extremely interesting series of presentations by the men and women of the regiment explaining how they operate. For many of us this included a chance to climb inside one of the guns! A delicious lunch in the Officers’ Mess was rounded off by a performance of pipes and drums. A useful discussion among Association members then followed before we headed home from an extremely valuable day in which our bonds with the Regiment were strengthened.

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Hume Castle

Members of the Association will be interested to know that developments are afoot at Hume Castle. It is possible we may be able to obtain a building to house a Visitor Centre. Plans are also in train to improve visitor information at the site. We are also examining the possibility of an archaeological investigation on the site.
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Great News for our Clan Chief

The Earl of Home, our Clan Chief, has been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen with the award of the Knighthood of the Thistle, Scotland’s highest Order of Chivalry. The Earl will be formally installed at a service in the Chapel of the Order in St. Giles Cathedral late in June.
He is the fourth successive generation of his family to receive this honour, as his father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all so honoured in earlier years.

A day at the Society of Genealogists – researching the history of the Clan

A group of the Association’s members visited the Society of Genealogists on May 17. We saw a number of interesting documents relating to Clan members. It is definitely worth a visit. Among other points of interest, we established that Oliver Wendell Holmes (father and son of course) were reportedly descended from Homes/Humes. So, as well as these distinguished American connections, we can claim Sherlock as a (fictional) member of the Clan!