Planning Resumes for Gathering 2022

The planning committee recently reconvened and has started to, once again, work on the details of the Gathering 2022. There will be more details forthcoming as we have them. Email updates will be sent out periodically to members. We look forward to seeing everyone and having a much needed celebration!

Clan Home Association AGM 2020

Due to the current pandemic, the Association is holding this year’s AGM on Zoom on the evening of Tuesday 1st December 2020 starting at 18:00hrs (UK time).

This is the first time that the AGM will be held on this platform and we invite all PAID-UP members of the Association to attend.

Log-in details can be had by emailing the Treasurer, Charles Hume, at treasurer@clan-home.org

Gathering 2022

The decision has now been made to move the Gathering to 2022. It is now scheduled to take place over the weekend of the 9th – 12th September 2022.

We, the Clan Home Association, hope that this postponement will ensure a wonderful, well attended and memorable Gathering, as all of the previous ones have been!

You’ll find discussions on this topic on our Facebook Group here

We hope to see you all there!

 

Gospatric David Laurens Reston HOME 1933-2020

It is with such great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Gospatric Home. He died on Saturday morning following heart surgery at the age of 87 years young. I say that because for any that knew him, Gos never slowed down. Those of us, that have had the pleasure of meeting him, know what an absolute treasure he was.

He had been a mainstay of the Clan Home Association for many years as a former Convenor, Council Member, and Chairman of the Hume Castle Preservation Trust. He was the moving force behind the archaeological work at the Castle, the purchase of extra land at the Castle and the wonderfully successful 2013 Gathering. He will be so very much missed.

I can think of no better way to honour him than to consider donating to the Hume Castle Preservation Trust that he held so close to his heart. So if you are inclined, here is the link.

http://humecastle.org

Gos, keep a loving eye on the castle.
Until we meet again, Rest in Peace

Gathering 2021 Wedderburn Castle

****** POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2022 ******

Bookings for Wedderburn rooms have already been received for 2021. Out of the 12 available rooms, only 1 remains. If you are already planning your 2021 visit and hope to stay in this iconic castle, we urge you to get in touch either via email (addresses listed on the right) or via our Facebook Group as they are going quickly!

Clan Home Association 2019 AGM

Our Association’s 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday the 11th October. Cath and John Hickman have very kindly offered to host the meeting at their home at 40 Bedford Gardens, in Kensington, London. Postcode W8 7EH. The meeting will convene at 6:30pm.

Members are welcome to attend. Please would those who do wish to come, contact us through the various email addresses listed on the right, so that we, Cath and John in particular, have an accurate idea of numbers.

Clan Gathering 2018

THINKING OF COMING IN 2021?

For those considering attending the 2021 Gathering, here is a record of the 2018 Gathering

The 2018 Clan Home Gathering was the most ambitious to date, lasting from Tuesday 7th August until Tuesday 14th, with events in Berwickshire and Edinburgh.
Events started at Duns Castle on the evening of 7th August with a drinks party for those who had already arrived, followed by a dinner in the magnificent dining room at the Castle. Homes, Humes and related families met from different corners of the world renewing links with each other and the lands of their ancestors.
Wednesday 7th was spent visiting two outstanding Berwickshire houses: Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, whose Haliburton grandmother had links with the Clan; Marchmont, the seat of Patrick Hume, Earl of Marchmont. Both houses have been magnificently refurbished very recently and were well worth the visit. The day ended with a fascinating discussion of the Clan genealogy.
Thursday 8th saw us join the Flodden Rideout which takes place every year as part of the Coldstream Civic Week. We were able to take part in a day of Scottish Border festivities and enjoy the magnificent view from the top of Branxton Hill. Again, we had another genealogy session in the evening.
On Friday 9th we visited Hume Castle, following a very expert talk by Dr Piers Dixon about the archaeology at the site. We were delighted to be entertained by a historical re-enactment and another archaeological talk from Dr Hill whose excavations had just started at the graveyard. We were very fortunate then to be joined by pipers and drummers from the Scottish Gunners who played for us. A hog-roast lunch was followed by a visit to the graveyard where Gos and Diana Home lead us in a memorial service to mark the centenary of the 1914-18 war. After a display of pipes and drums by the Scottish Gunners at Duns Castle, the evening concluded with a meal at the excellent Allanton Inn, except for a small party which joined revelry and dancing at the Coldstream Civic Week Dinner.
A visit to the Hirsel, the home of our Chief was the first highlight of our Saturday, with the AGM being followed by a buffet lunch and a display by the Coldstream Pipe Band, who were magnificent as always. In the evening at Wedderburn Castle, the home of the ancestors of many Humes and Homes, we enjoyed a display of Highland Dancing and more pipe and drum music from the Scottish Gunners, followed by a display of Scottish Country Dancing. This preceded our dinner in the dining room at Wedderburn and dancing of reels in the Ballroom by those who still had the energy,
Led by Ian Maitland Hume, our former convenor and expert guide, we toured Berwickshire by coach on the Sunday, visiting significant sites with Clan connections such as Coldingham, Polwarth, Hume Castle, ending at Paxton House, for a tour of the house and supper. For many, this was the end of the Gathering.
For some twenty or more of us, however, there was another element, as we moved up to Edinburgh. On the Monday afternoon we had a splendid walking tour of Edinburgh led again by Ian Maitland Hume. We proceeded down the Royal Mile from near Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, visiting sites of interest including some of particular significance to us because of special Home connections.
The Tuesday saw a number of the Gathering visit the National Records Office to research their ancestry before ending the day with a meal at an Edinburgh restaurant culminating in a climb to Edinburgh Castle where we enjoyed the magnificent spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo – an appropriately glorious way to end a truly memorable week.

2018 Gathering

THINKING ABOUT COMING IN 2021? 

For those interested in attending the 2021 Gathering, here is an account of the 2018 event.

The 2018 Clan Home Gathering was the most ambitious to date, lasting from Tuesday 7th August until Tuesday 14th, with events in Berwickshire and Edinburgh.
Events started at Duns Castle on the evening of 7th August with a drinks party for those who had already arrived, followed by a dinner in the magnificent dining room at the Castle. Homes, Humes and related families met from different corners of the world renewing links with each other and the lands of their ancestors.
Wednesday 7th was spent visiting two outstanding Berwickshire houses: Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, whose Haliburton grandmother had links with the Clan; Marchmont, the seat of Patrick Hume, Earl of Marchmont. Both houses have been magnificently refurbished very recently and were well worth the visit. The day ended with a fascinating discussion of the Clan genealogy.
Thursday 8th saw us join the Flodden Rideout which takes place every year as part of the Coldstream Civic Week. We were able to take part in a day of Scottish Border festivities and enjoy the magnificent view from the top of Branxton Hill. Again, we had another genealogy session in the evening.
On Friday 9th we visited Hume Castle, following a very expert talk by Dr Piers Dixon about the archaeology at the site. We were delighted to be entertained by a historical re-enactment and another archaeological talk from Dr Hill whose excavations had just started at the graveyard. We were very fortunate then to be joined by pipers and drummers from the Scottish Gunners who played for us. A hog-roast lunch was followed by a visit to the graveyard where Gos and Diana Home lead us in a memorial service to mark the centenary of the 1914-18 war. After a display of pipes and drums by the Scottish Gunners at Duns Castle, the evening concluded with a meal at the excellent Allanton Inn, except for a small party which joined revelry and dancing at the Coldstream Civic Week Dinner.
A visit to the Hirsel, the home of our Chief was the first highlight of our Saturday, with the AGM being followed by a buffet lunch and a display by the Coldstream Pipe Band, who were magnificent as always. In the evening at Wedderburn Castle, the home of the ancestors of many Humes and Homes, we enjoyed a display of Highland Dancing and more pipe and drum music from the Scottish Gunners, followed by a display of Scottish Country Dancing. This preceded our dinner in the dining room at Wedderburn and dancing of reels in the Ballroom by those who still had the energy,
Led by Ian Maitland Hume, our former convenor and expert guide, we toured Berwickshire by coach on the Sunday, visiting significant sites with Clan connections such as Coldingham, Polwarth, Hume Castle, ending at Paxton House, for a tour of the house and supper. For many, this was the end of the Gathering.
For some twenty or more of us, however, there was another element, as we moved up to Edinburgh. On the Monday afternoon we had a splendid walking tour of Edinburgh led again by Ian Maitland Hume. We proceeded down the Royal Mile from near Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, visiting sites of interest including some of particular significance to us because of special Home connections.
The Tuesday saw a number of the Gathering visit the National Records Office to research their ancestry before ending the day with a meal at an Edinburgh restaurant culminating in a climb to Edinburgh Castle where we enjoyed the magnificent spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo – an appropriately glorious way to end a truly memorable week.

Humes at Smoky Mountain Highland Games

The Clan will be represented at this year’s Smoky Mountain Highland Games held at Maryville College. It’s on Saturday May 18th and Sunday 19th 2019.

There will be pipes and drums, highland dancing, athletics, seminars and much much more!

Check out their website and find out the listing of events and try and get there! Don’t forget to call in at the Clan tent when you arrive and introduce yourselves to the folk there.

They are looking forward to seeing you.

Smoky Mountain Highland Games Website

1650 Battle of Dunbar Prisoners Re-Burial

It has been announced that the skeletal remains of the Scottish prisoners, taken by Oliver Cromwell’s troops at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, that were discovered buried beneath Palace Green beside Durham University and the Cathedral, will be re-buried at the Elvet Hill Road cemetery in Durham at 11:15hrs on Friday 18th May 2018.

It is not known whether there are Clan ancestors amongst the remains, but there is a possibility as Sir David Hume of Wedderburn commanded a Foot Regiment at the battle and it was not unusual to have Clan members serving alongside. We know that Colonel Sir David Hume and his son, Lieutenant Colonel George Hume, were killed during the battle on the 3rd September 1650.

The prisoners were marched down to Durham and imprisoned in the derelict Cathedral.

For more information, please click on the following links:

For a general description of the battle  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Dunbar_(1650)

For information on Durham University’s Archaeological Dunbar Prisoners Project https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/europe/pg-skeletons/history/

For details of Sir David Hume of wedderburn https://www.clan-home.org/tng11/getperson.php?personID=I1358&tree=2

Sir David Hume had raised the Company of the Merse Regiment before 1644, as we have details of their billeting and costs for December.

We also know that his son, George, had made his will on the 17th July 1650 and had written to his wife, Katherine (nee Morrison), two days before the battle, which starts “Deir Sueitt heartt” and finishes “God derect us, and me. Your ever most affectionatt husband till deathe.”

George’s widow, Dame Katherine of Wedderburn re-married on 27th February 1656 to James Bethune of Balfour.