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c/o Ben Chisholm-Broomfield, Chairman
11 Croyard Drive
Beauly, By Inverness, Scotland
IV4 7EE
United Kingdom

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Highland Archive Centre News

The Highland Archive Centre have an interesting article on their website describing plans to catalogue a collection of papers of the Chiefs of Clan Chisholm.
An inventory of a large collection of papers was originally made by Clan Historian Dr. Jean Munro and this collection has now been acquired by the Highland Archive Centre and are at present being catalogued. The collection dates from the 15th Century onwards and largely consists of vellum and parchment manuscripts detailing sasines, charters and other legal documents relating to The Chisholm.
A number of interesting seals can also be found and once catalogued the records will be available to view in the Highland Archive Centre.


City of Inverness Highland Games July 15, 2017

In 2017 the Inverness Highland Games will be held again in Bught Park on the weekend of 15th July.

As usual there will be a Clan Village tent where we hope to support a Clan Chisholm table.




Yesterdays Child

The recent UK Newsletter carried an article on the late Christina Morrison (née Chisholm) who passed away in January 2016 aged 96.
Originally from the Isle of Lewis, Christina was a member of the Society for many years and contributed several articles to the Clan Chisholm Journal. She had also recently completed a book on her own life - entitled "Yesterdays Child".
If you are interested, the book can be obtained from The Islands Book Trust, Laxay Hall, Laxay, Lochs, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9PJ.


Glen Affric friends say NO!
Campaign against Wind-Farms in Strathglass and Glen Affric

Proposed Wind-Farm Developments on Beinn Mhor, Tomich and in the area of Erchless and Kilmorack

Posted on December 31, 2015
There will be no further appeal made by WPD.
A message of thanks to Susan Chisholm of Chisholm, our Society secretary, for the help with the campaign is shown here.

Posted on July 9, 2015
Fantastic news today!! The Scottish Government’s Reporter has today rejected WPD’s application and appeal. This was always the wrong place for a wind farm and the decision is a triumph for common-sense and people power. The Reporter has taken on board many of the points that you raised in your individual objections and every objection.
Detailed information can be found in the report here.

Posted earlier in 2015
The proposal from WPD Scotland Ltd was to erect 7 turbines, each with a maximum height 392 feet, on the upper slopes of Beinn Mhor, Tomich Village and was initially under review by the Highland Council’s planning department.
Support for the campaign against Wind-Farm development in this area, is organised by the campaign secretary Mr Ian Campbell:
Strathglass View, Mullardoch Road, Cannich, Inverness-Shire. IV4 7LX.

The reasons for which an application of this kind could be rejected were quite prescriptive and the campaigners focused their individual objections on:

The campaign organisers have set up a website which is well worth a visit.

Another campaign in the area of Erchless / Kilmorack with the same issue has been started.


Would you like to know more about the founder of the Society?

As well as staging a play at the 2010 Edinburgh International Festival, the writer Diane Atkinson has written a book about Mairi Chisholm and Elsie Knocker, and their heroic service in Belgium during World War I. Mairi was responsible for the revitalization of the Society in the 1950s. Check out this flyer (PDF) for details. Currently the book is only available in the UK and Europe, but we are looking into how to get the book elsewhere.

Please contact Susan Chisholm if you'd like any more information.

Also a statue of Mairi and her companion Elsie Knocker has been unveiled recently in Ypres, Belgium, close to where they performed their service. Under the title "The Madonnas of Pervyse" this was done to coincide with The Great War commemorations which took place in 2014. The monument has been designed by a renowned local sculptor and is located in the town of Ypres near the coast where they did much of their work.
More information on the project is contained in a document prepared by the author Diane Atkinson who has also written a book on their heroic efforts.



A description of the ceremony held in Ypres the 22nd November 2014 is also available, based on an earlier description in The Clan Chisholm UK Branch Newsletter of December 2014.



News from Duncan Chisholm's Kilt Shop

To add to the traditional Chisholm Dress Tartan and Chisholm Hunting Tartan, there has now been added the Chisholm Colonial Tartan. Just arrived at Duncan Chisholm's Kilt Shop is a new batch of the Colonial Tartan .



This is available by the metre or yard and is suitable to be made up in Kilts, Skirts, Trousers or Waistcoats. Also available are Tartan Lambswool Rugs.

Available from: Chisholm's Kilt Shop, 47-51 Castle Street, Inverness IV2 3DU, Scotland.

For the background to the creation of this tartan see the earlier announcement on the US home page.


New albums from Duncan Chisholm 2012

For the last six years Duncan Chisholm been working on a suite of fiddle music recordings called The Strathglass Trilogy. The Trilogy comprises three albums titled: Farrar , Canaich and Affric. The much anticipated concluding part, Affric, went on general release on Monday 3 September 2012. These works are Duncan's musical representation of one of the most beautiful wilderness areas of Scotland. With such a personal interest in, and connection to these Highland Glens, Duncan has worked hard to instil great pride and passion into three individual but very much connected musical masterpieces.
Affric moves from the dynamic and charismatic sound of The Flooded Meadow to the breathtaking beauty of Rubha Nam Marbh (pron. roo-va nam mar-iv). From Duncan's Waltz of the Grey River which captures perfectly the movement and flow of the River Glass to his piece Running The Cross which evokes the vitality and spirit of the great Highland Cross run.
More information on Duncan and his music can be found here

The CDs can be purchased by post. Please send a note detailing which albums you would like together with a cheque ( payable to Copperfish Records ). Please note that orders from abroad should be accompanied by a bank draft.

The distributor's address is:

 Cozac,
 Lentran,
 Inverness IV3 8RN,
 Scotland

The three CD's can be purchased individually at £ 9.99 each, or you can buy The Strathglass Trilogy, tied in Chisholm Hunting tartan for £ 25.00.

Earlier albums include The Door of Saints and Redpoint



Post and Packing is extra - prices are as below:

United KingdomEuropeInternational
1 CD£ 2.00£ 3.00 £ 4.00
2 CDs£ 3.00£ 4.00£ 5.00
3 CDs£ 3.00£ 4.00£ 6.00


Wilfrid Medlams Seat at Cannich Brae

This seat was placed in memory of Wilfrid G. Medlam, who as a member did so much for our society. It sits next to the Chisholm Stone, overlooking Comar Lodge, which was built for a Chisholm in 1740.



Thanks to Ben and Juliette Chisholm-Broomfield for the photos.


Culloden Moor

Visiting Scotland? Why not visit the Culloden Battlefield and the new visitors center. Check out the Culloden Moor Web Site for more information.


The Society has acquired a stone in the Culloden Walk leading up to the new Visitor Centre at Culloden Moor. This part of the Culloden Walk is another reminder of the Chisholm's place in this part of Scottish history.



Cnoc Ciuil Ceilidh Band CD

The U.K. Branch launched a C.D. of "Highland Tunes" with the Cnoc Ciuil Ceilidh Band in July. Cost is £4.00 plus P/P. Please enquire for prices abroad. Contact Susan or Juliette if interested.