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 The Clan Matheson Gathering 2024 



The Gathering will take place 20-23 July 2024 inclusive

– July 20-21 in Lochalsh, July 22-23 on the Isle of Skye


The outline plan at this stage is:




To view the complete Information Sheet please click here

(We will update this as plans develop)




Animals in the court of King James VI

An exploration of the role of animals within the court of King James VI, and what the royal animals can tell us about the relationship between human and animal in early modern Scotland

Wednesday 20 September 2023

(Nicole Maceira Cumming) 












James VI’s love of hunting is often highlighted by historians and yet the hunting animals that lived and worked within the royal court are rarely mentioned. The hunting establishment did not only consist of human servants, but of numerous hounds, horses and hawks that made the hunt possible. Similarly, other animals that were a frequent feature of the Scottish royal court have been given little attention.

Event details: 

Join Nicole Maceira Cumming for a live c.45-minute illustrated online talk on Wednesday 20 September, followed by approximately 30 minutes of questions from the audience. The registration fee includes access to the event recording (released the following day) for 7 days after the broadcast.

The event will be chaired by author and historian Dr Louise Heren, reviews editor of History Scotland magazine.

Registration fee: £10 - includes 7-day access to the event recording. Starts 6.30pm UK time. To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate. Got a question about booking? E-mail Rachel Bellerby

Speaker details: 

Nicole Maceira Cumming is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate at the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow, and a committee member of the Northern Early Modern Network. Her current research examines the impact of the Reformation on human and animal relationships in early modern Scotland.  

Image: The Hunting Park tapestry, courtesy Metropolitan Museum, public domain


FIND OUT MORE  Wednesday 20 September 2023, 6.30 pm UK time

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW - Tickets £10 each

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The 18th-century Edinburgh Orphan Hospital, Tuesday 3 October 2023 (Dr Kate Gibson)   BOOK NOW £10

This 45-minute talk starts at 6.30pm and is followed by a 30 minute Q&A with the speaker

Scottish Ancestors Study Afternoon (3 Masterclasses), Saturday 21 October (Chris Paton)   BOOK NOW £25

Each event is recorded and the recording is made available to ticket holders for 7 days afterwards


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Annual subscription for UK and Europe Branch

At the 2021 AGM, it was agreed to further reduce the membership subscription.  The Treasurer has stated it will be £8 (or its equivalent in Euros) starting in 2022.  The Family Membership is no longer, as are legacy Life Memberships, so it will be just £8 per household.  Older children of member families earning a reasonable wage are encouraged to join the Clan Society in their own right.  Please use the CONTACT page to get in touch.  Some of you are still paying previous fees, be assured rebates will be issued by cheque.  We have also changed banks from RBS to the METRO.  The bank details of the new Clan Matheson account are available on request, please email 

We prefer that subscription payments are paid by 'annual' Standing Order using online banking. If not a posted cheque works for us.  When you are updating your Standing Order, please tick the annual payment box.

Please use your Clan reference, which are your initials and the last 3 of your postcode: For example, AAM-2HX.

It is essential to identify which Matheson or Mathieson you are, so that we can identify you correctly as the payee.   

Clan Matheson Society UK & Europe Branch Committee Posts


If you look at the bottom of the CONTACT page, you will see posts held by members of the UK & Europe Branch.  If you feel you may be able to help, please email to find out what is involved before having to commit.  Any post can be re-organised to suit you.


Secretary: We have managed without a Secretary for a while, the post is effectively mothballed, unless any feel it might be for you.


Membership Secretary and Treasurer:  These are best run together, looking after the accounts and the membership list. 


UK & Europe Branch Genealogist: Working along side John Faid, our Clan Matheson Genealogist.


Clan Matheson Society information and media

The old MEMBERS page on this website, 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 email david, to request any Clan documentation and media.  We will arrange by post or by internet download the files / folders you require.  This service is free and it is only available to paid-up members of the Clan Matheson Society. 

**  Clan Matheson Society Newsletters  **

The Newsletter is published annually.  We do not have a dedicated UK & Europe 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 & Europe 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





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 or the HIGHLAND COUNCIL page.

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