We are delighted that we now have a branch of the Association in France! Yann Coste and his wife, Amandine, head the Association du Clan Home de France.
France has been a very important ally of Scotland for many centuries, except during a minor blip during the Napoleonic Wars! Originally formed as the Auld Alliance in 1295 against the common enemy, England, and many people moved in both directions between the two nations.
Members of the Home/Hume families served in the Gardes Écossaises, a bodyguard founded in 1418 to protect the Valois King Charles VII, over the next hundred years. Some family members remained in France and there are still pockets of Humes living there.
Other family members, not connected to these early bodyguards, also chose to remain in France over the centuries and it is for all these individuals’ descendants that the new Association has been formed.
Yann has been busy meeting other clan representatives, already active in France, and will be setting up Clan Home tents at future festivals.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that David, our Clan Chief and President of the Clan Home Association, died peacefully at The Hirsel on 22nd August. Beloved husband, father and granpa. A private family funeral will be held at St Mary’s, Coldstream and a memorial in London at a later date
We send our sincere condolences to his whole family
The Planning Committee has finalised the timetable for the Gathering 2022. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s now only a few months away!
We invite all Home, Hume and associated families to gather in September. Become a Clan Home Association member now by clicking the links that are around the site and once logged in, choose all or some of the events from the Gathering’s dedicated page. We really look forward to seeing you, some for the first time and others thankfully again after the last few crazy years.
Friday 9 September 2022 1400 hrs Begin arriving at Duns Castle 1500 hrs Talks on clan history, Emigrant George Hume and the archaeology dig at Hume Castle 1730 hrs Visit to Duns Kirk – (donations to the church will be appreciated) 1830 hrs Welcome drinks at the White Swan in Duns 1930 hrs Pub supper at the White Swan in Duns Saturday 10 September 2022 0915 hrs Coach tour – locations associated with the clan to include Polwarth Church and the Marchmont House and Estate 1300 hrs Raise the flag at Hume Castle 1315 hrs Lunch at Hume Castle (donations to HCPT always appreciated. Donation box by the gate) 1430 hrs Close at Hume Castle 1830 hrs Pre-dinner drinks at Cross Keys hotel in Kelso 1930 hrs Formal dinner at Cross Keys hotel in Kelso 2100 hrs Raffle and silent auction (cash or Paypal) 2130 hrs Dance display with Rhona Burchick, music from Morag Midnight Event closes Sunday 11 September 2022 1030 hrs Coffee/tea at The Hirsel in Coldstream 1100 hrs AGM commences 1230 hrs Lunch at The Hirsel by Fiona Burn 1400 hrs Group photograph (will be available at futre date for free download) 1430 hrs Display by Coldstream Pipe Band (at The Hirsel) 1600 hrs Ecumenical Service in Duns (donations to the church will be appreciated) 1730 hrs Talks at Wedderburn on clan history, including the Reivers 1930 hrs Pub supper at the White Swan in Duns Monday 12 September 2022 0900 hrs Talks at Wedderburn on DNA and Genealogy 1230 hrs Lunch and tour at Paxton House 1700 hrs Lower flag at Hume Castle
We are nearly at the point of publishing our Gathering 2022 timetable for September. The organisers have been meeting regularly, via Zoom, to put in place those events and activities that we all think will be the most popular for our attendees.
As I write, I believe there are a couple of bedrooms left at the stunning Duns Castle so, if you’re tempted, head over there to reserve one.
We all look forward tremendously to the event, not only to celebrate our shared heritage but also our regained freedom from this blasted pandemic.
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.
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!
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.