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Clan Davidson crosses the Scottish Border to Northumberland,
September 2017
Hexham shopping street
In 2017 for the first time, Clan Davidson crossed the Scottish Border to Northumberland, an area which has many Davidson family history connections. Our annual Gathering was held in Hexham, an attractive small town in Border reivers country. Clan members travelled from Poland, Germany and South Africa to join with members from Scotland and England for a busy and sociable weekend.

Our weekend began with an informal meal on Friday evening, providing the opportunity to meet new Clan members and socialise with old friends. A quiz competition followed, with serious rivalry between the table teams (amid cries of no Googling!), and much fun was had by all.

Friday night quiz at Hexham Gathering Friday night quiz at Hexham Gathering

On Saturday morning, a local historian gave an illustrated talk about the history of the Hexham area. In the afternoon at our Annual Meeting, our Clan Pipe-Major played a specially composed lament for members who have died during the past year, and members gathered for the presentation of a donation cheque from Clan Davidson to local charity Tyndale Hospice at Home.

Donation from Clan Davidson to local Charity

After refreshments, the historical links of many Davidson and Davison families with the Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria regions were demonstrated by the Clan Genealogist and Historical Researcher, whose presentation included many examples from his extensive picture archive of Davidson people, places, and artefacts. Our formal Clan dinner on Saturday evening provided good food, good company and good entertainment from local musicians.

Finding a table at the formal Clan Dinner Enteratinment after the Clan Dinner

International Clan Davidson Gathering, Kentucky, USA
June 2017
International Gathering, Kentucky USA
This long awaited event, two years in the planning, took place in June 2017 among the softly rolling hills of south central Kentucky, in conjunction with the Glasgow Highland Games. Chief of the Clan Davidson, Grant Guthrie Davidson, was Chief of the Games and with his wife Brenda was Guest of Honour at the event.

Dave Chagnon, the Sennachie of the Clan Davidson Society of North America was the driving force behind this major event, in which over 250 enthusiastic Clansmen and Clanswomen took part.

Presentation to Chief of Clan Davidson Presentation to Chief of Clan Davidson

Davidson Clan Gathering, Ballymena, Northern Ireland,
October 2013
Members at the Clan dinner Reception for Clan Davidson Members at the Mayor of Ballymena's Parlour

Members gather and chat before Clan dinner Entertainment by local musicians
Our Clan Gatherings are a great opportunity to get to know others who have Davidson family connections and history. In 2013, we held our Gathering in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland for the first time. The Clan Davidson has many historical links with this area, where Davidson and Davison families have lived for centuries. St Patrick's Church in the village of Broughshane has three stained glass Memorial windows to important local Davisons.

With enthusiastic support from local Davisons and Davidsons, 90 people from our Clan family sat down to dinner together on Saturday evening, meeting old friends and making new ones. Many members had arrived for an informal evening get-together on Friday night, and were honoured to be invited to a reception at the Mayor of Ballymena's Parlour on Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon, members and their friends and families enjoyed an extensively illustrated talk Davidson, Davison - the Irish Connections given by our Clan Davidson Genealogist & Historical Researcher.

We were delighted to welcome members who had travelled from Australia and Canada especially to join us for the weekend, and to warmly welcome the Mayor of Ballymena, the Mayor of Larne, and the Dean of Connor to our Clan dinner. Entertainment by local musicians concluded our evening. This was a very successful and memorable weekend and we will return in the future.

The Mayor of Ballymena, Audrey Wales, at the Reception she gave for Clan Davidson Members The Very Reverend John Bond, Dean of Connor, with a Clan Davidson member from Australia

Memorial window, St Patrick's Church, Broughshane

Emily Wilding Davison, 1872-1913, 100th anniversary event April 2013
Emily Wilding Davison, suffragette

On 18 April 2013, a special event took place at Epsom Racecourse, located just south of London. This year is the 100th anniversary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison, the famous suffragette, who died after she was knocked down by the King's horse, Anmer, during the Derby Race on 4 June 2013. Emily was subsequently treated as a heroine by the Suffragette movement, which had been campaigning for many years for women to be given equal voting rights with men. The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 caused the widespead suffragette campaign to be put on hold, and it was not until 1928 that legislation was finally passed in the UK giving equal voting rights to women.

After several years of campaigning, a commemorative plaque was unveiled on 18 April 2013 at Tattenham Corner, the point on the racecourse at which this tragic death occurred. A large group of the wider Davison family descendants, local historians, representatives of women's groups, and civic leaders from both Epsom and Emily's home county of Northumberland, met up with London supporters to see the plaque unveiled. Several members of the group also visited the former Epsom Cottage Hospital where Emily Wilding Davidson died as a result of the accident.

Plaque to Emily Wilding Davison at Epsom Racecourse Plaque to Emily Wilding Davison at Epsom Cottage Hospital

Harley-Davidson Legacy event at Aberlemno, Angus, 14 July 2012  
Netherton cottage at Aberlemno, near Brechin, Angus The Davidson Legacy Project team at Netherton cottage
Many people are familiar with Harley-Davidson as a famous brand of American motor bikes, but few know the story of the Davidson family who left Aberlemno, Angus, for America in the 1850s. Sandy Davidson was a blacksmith, who lived with his wife Margaret and six children at Netherton, a tiny cottage. It was from here that the family emigrated to America in 1858. Three of Sandy and Margaret's grandsons became founders of the iconic Harley-Davidson Motor company.

In recent years, Netherton cottage had become derelict, but a Davidson Legacy team have put in 4 years of hard work, raising funds and undertaking painstainking restoration work. The cottage now looks as it would have done in Sandy Davidson's time. An important milestone was reached on 14 July 2012, when the cottage was 'opened' in a simple ceremony to the sound of pipes playing and short speeches being made. As the cottage is on a small site, a separate event was held in nearby Brechin, where hundreds of bikers paraded in and around the town.Every sort of Harley-Davidson owner and bike took part. The bikes gleamed in the sunshine, the music was loud, many hamburgers were eaten, and the whole local community turned out to watch and listen to the distinctive roar of Harley-Davidson engines.
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Davidson Legacy Badge The restored Netherton cottage

Commemoration of Provost Davidson at battle of Harlaw, 1411
Clan Davidson representatives took part in a memorial service, held on 24 July 2011, to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Harlaw at which Davidsons and other clans people fought and died in 1411. At that time, Robert Davidson, who had been an innkeeper, wine importer, customs inspector and pirate, had risen to become Provost of Aberdeen. He led out the Aberdeen forces to defend the city and was killed in this terrible confrontation, along with many hundreds of Scots from both sides of the battle. Robert Davidson's body was taken back to Aberdeen, and he was buried in St Nicholas Kirk, where the memorial service was held.

Statue of Provost Robert Davidson in St Nicholas Kirk

A monument was erected on the site of the battle, some two miles west of Inverurie, by the Burgh of Aberdeen "to the memory of Provost Robert Davidson and the Burgesses of Aberdeen". It was designed by Aberdeen architect William Kelly before the 500th anniversary in 1911. Six heraldic inscribed panels were planned to be made for the monument, but were never completed. To celebrate this year's 600th anniversary of the battle, the Clan Davidson Association joined a project to create and install six panels, including one with the arms of Provost Robert Davidson, on the blank granite sides of the monument.

Monument at the site of the battle of Harlaw, 1411, with painted shields Cast armorial shields of participants in the battle
The shields shown above have been permanently mounted on the monument. They are, top from left: City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen, Provost Robert Davidson ,Stewart, Earl of Mar
bottom from left: Maclean of Duart, Lord of the Isles, Irvine of Drum

2007 International Gathering at Tulloch Castle
Clan Davidson Dinner at Tulloch Castle

Davidsons and their descendants from around the world gathered at Tulloch Castle Hotel, the ancestral home of the Clan Davidson Chiefs, on 29/30 September 2007 for our Association Annual meeting and Clan Dinner. We welcomed Clan members and visitors from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Northern Ireland, England and Scotland.

In particular, we had the opportunity to welcome Grant Davidson, the eldest son and heir to Alister 'Jock' Davidson, the Chief of the Clan Davidson.

The weekend's program included an evening of "Tales of the Clans", the formal opening of the Clan Davidson Room, Annual General Meeting, a walk up the hill to see the Caisteal Gorach and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, Clan Dinner and highland entertainment, participation in the morning service at St Clement's Church, Dingwall (built with Davidson funding), and a trip to Cromarty for a walk back through time with a local historian.
Many items of Davidson memorabilia were on sale at the Gathering, including tartan tablecloths, ties, sashes, our Clan piper's CDs, and engraved glasses and decanters.
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Hadrian's Wall
Slemish tourist sign
Giants Causeway
St Nicholas Kirk Aberdeen
Tulloch Castle
Clan Piper Jock Davidson piping members in to dinner
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