'Jacobite Council of War at Derby' Lecture on 5 December
December 5th 2020 marks the 275th anniversary of the Jacobite Council of War at Derby. This was the turning point of the Rising of 1745. Before December 5th, Prince Charlie's Army had never retreated; afterwards, it was never again to advance.
Over the past five years, I have marked the anniversary with a tour of the Jacobite exhibitions at the Royal Museum or the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, whose paintings and artefacts provide direct personal contact with the Jacobite era.
This year, this is not possible due to Covid restrictions on social gatherings. Instead, I have set up a Zoom Conference between 12.30 PM and 1:00 PM (GMT) on December 5th to introduce ‘Reminiscences of a Jacobite’, published this month by Birlinn, Edinburgh ahead of the tri-centenary of the birth of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in December 1720. The lunchtime talk will comprise a 15 min presentation of the book, followed by the opportunity for questions for up to 15 mins. Doors will open at 12:20 PM, and the event will end latest at 1:00 PM (as Zoom has a 40 minute limit on free conferences). The event is free and open to all, and can be accessed at:
Meeting ID: 921 613 5669
The new Chief's Lieutenant for the UK and Europe
Andrew Matheson of Matheson, yr.
The UK Branch and members of the other Clan Matheson branches congratulate Andrew Matheson of Matheson on his appointment as the new Chief's Lieutenant for the UK and Europe. We wish him good years ahead.
Clan Matheson International Gathering 2020 in the USA
is postponed to 2021
Update message from the Chief, an extract from his email 26 April 2020 reads:
"This is to let you all know that the Board of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games met yesterday and decided to cancel the 2020 Games because of the Coronavirus. They have offered us the chance to slip our presence as Honoured Clan to the 2021 Games instead and I have accepted. The dates will be Thursday 8 July - Sunday 11 July 2021. Our next International Clan Gathering will also move to those dates so that it coincides with Grandfather Mountain.
NEW annual subscription for UK and Europe Branch
At the 2019 AGM, it was agreed to reduce the membership subscription to £12 (or its equivalent in Euros) starting in 2020. The Family Membership is no longer, as are legacy Life Memberships, so it will be just £12 per household. Those with older children earning a reasonable wage are encouraged to get them to join the Clan Society under their own membership. Please use the CONTACT page to get in touch. Some of you have already paid the previous fee, be assured rebates will be issued before the end of the year. Membership forms and Clan account bank details will be sent on request. Please direct membership queries to
We prefer that payment is made by annual Standing Order using online banking. When you are updating your Standing Order to change your subscription, please make sure to tick the annual payment box and to use the Clan reference comprising your initials and the last 3 of your postcode: for example, AAM-2HX. This is essential to identify which Mathesons or Mathiesons have paid.
Clan Matheson Society UK Branch Committee Posts
If you look at the bottom of the CONTACT page, you will see David Mathieson hogging most of the jobs. David needs help, and if any of you feel you may be able to, please email to find out what is involved before you feel you have to commit. The new posts can be re-organised to suit you.
Secretary: We have managed without a Secretary for a while, the post is effectively defunct, unless any feel it might be for them.
Membership Secretary and Treasurer: These are best run together, looking after the accounts and the membership list.
PR and UK website: Total responsibility for the UK website, its look and content. All you need is some experience in MS PowerPoint or similar, not specific website programming. The PR element includes the use of social media, and alerting members to updates.
UK Genealogist: Working along side John Faid, the Clan Genealogist.
Recorder: Attend AGMs, record the minutes, and pass these to the Membership Secretary for distribution - that's it.
IT Librarian: A new post looking after Clan documents and media in DropBox, and to keep the list of those authorised to view updated.
Clan Matheson Society information and media
The old MEMBERS page, which had a library of downloadable information, has been removed because its log-in was unstable and difficult to administer. Those members, who had previously applied for access to this page, are invited to apply again, but this time we will be using the new Clan Matheson Dropbox. This is not part of this website. Please email david, to apply for a 'view only' access, and you will receive for each Dropbox folder an invitation by email. The 'view only' access means you should not to pay for a Dropbox subscription, the Clan account has already paid. Documents, media and photographs are now all available to view.
** Clan Matheson Society Newsletters **
The Newsletter is published annually. We do not have a dedicated UK Branch news reporter (for want of a better description) and nor should we. It is published for its Members, and it is a forum for you to tell us your news. If you have anything at all that might be of interest including just a photograph or just a short article, please let us know. In the first instance, please contact who will forward your article to the editor.
UK Legislation: General Data Protection Regulations
The Clan Matheson Society (CMS) use your personal details (i.e. names, email and postal addresses, telephone numbers and any preferences) solely for the administration of Society matters, and these are not passed to anyone without your permission. For the CMS to have your personal details on record, you would have given the CMS UK Branch your consent to keep a record of your details. Occasionally the CMS will ask you to confirm your consent. If we do not hear from you, your record will be struck off. Your personal details are only made available to those tasked with running the UK Branch of the CMS in the course of their duty.
You are responsible for notifying the Membership Secretary of any changes.
The Membership Secretary is responsible for ensuring the records are safeguarded as best as possible within the resources available to the CMS.
You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting the CMS, and if this may be the case, you will no longer be a member. The CMS will delete in toto your personal details as soon as the accounts of that financial year have been audited.
You are entitled to ask for a record of your details, or for further information, email
ASSOCIATION of HIGHLAND CLANS and SOCIETIES (AHCS)
Click here to go to the AHCS website.
Note for the diary: the Inverness Highland Games and Gala are usually held mid-July at which the Clan Matheson is welcome. For more information please get in touch through our CONTACT page.
2020 HIGHLAND GAMES are cancelled due to restrictions in place regarding coronavirus, for more information click here to see their website.