Atholl Highlanders Gathering (Days 7 & 8)

In a small town near by our current hometown, there is a Tartan Festival that I won tickets to one year.  It launched Ben into a genealogical search of his Scottish side of the family.  He traced his paternal lineage all the way back to the 900’s.  His family had ties to Clan Murray from then on to at least the 1740’s.  The Murray’s have held the dukedom of Atholl for centuries and with it, Blair Castle.

Every Maybank Holiday weekend, they put on a history presentation, a parade and highland games celebrating the Atholl Highlanders, the Duke of Atholl’s private army (these days ceremonial). It kicks off the season of Highland Games and piping competitions in Scotland.  Our conversation upon discovering this fact went something like this…

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