Clan Matheson Extraordinary General Meeting (ECM)
called for Tuesday 4 May 2021 at 8:00 pm BST
Due to a restructuring of the Royal Bank of Scotland (with whom we have the current branch account), we have been offered an incentive to change banks as part of a UK-wide business banking balancing initiative by RBS (now NatWest). The Metro Bank has agreed to take us on and we have an application in the pipeline. Before that can be finalised, the Metro Bank has requested the change of bank account is formally approved by Members of the Clan Matheson Society UK and European Branch. The agenda for the short notice ECM is below. It is expected the meeting will not take more than 15 minutes.
2. To propose a change of banks from the RBS to the Metro Bank.
3. Confirmation of UK Branch posts.
4. When the changeover is completed, to nominate now, a back-up account holder.
5. Any other business.
The meeting will be held remotely on 'Zoom'.
If you would like to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the passcodes.
ALL ITEMS WERE AGREED BY THOSE PRESENT.
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, awaiting a decision for 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 mothballed, 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. To be clear, that is this website and not the International website. 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: In the absence of a secretary, 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 it 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.