A 101-year-old clan chief will host one of the world’s first virtual gatherings for its worldwide membership.
Unable to hold its normal annual event at the Ballater Highland Games this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, members will instead gather over the internet for a week-long programme of events to celebrate Clan Farquharson’s history, heritage and international community.
More than five million people across the globe have a family connection to the clan, which has more than 200 associated surnames.
The festivities will be led by chief Captain Alwyne Farquharson, of Invercauld MC.
By taking part, members will be fundraising for the Farquharson family seat at Braemar Castle, which is undergoing improvements and repairs.
The online gathering includes virtual tours of the castle and Royal Deeside, a hybrid whisky tasting, theatrical podcasts and an international clan banquet – a black-tie event combining breakfast, lunch and dinner across the globe, depending on the diner’s time zone.
Participants will also enjoy musical performances, interviews, virtual tours, films, social get-togethers online and competitions.
Jonathan Findlay, president of Clan Farquharson UK, said: “Scottish clan societies are an important way to celebrate a shared culture and a passion for Scotland’s history and traditions.
“While we are unable to meet in person this year, we felt it was important that we find a way to come together for a celebration that will maintain and strengthen our UK and international clan ties.
“We have Clan Farquharson societies in the UK, USA, Canada, Jamaica, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand plus many other individual clan members right across the globe.
“We are greatly looking forward to connecting with as many of them as possible and to supporting Braemar Community in their fundraising appeal to restore the castle.”
There will also be some fun for the younger generations of the clan, including Minecraft challenges involving a reconstruction of Braemar Castle.
Catriona Skene, fundraising officer for Braemar Community’s “raising the standard” appeal, which collects money for Braemear Castle, said: “We are thrilled to be part of this special event as we feel the bond between clan and castle are continuing to grow and strengthen.
“During these challenging times it is invigorating to be part of the virtual gathering partnership enabling Braemar Castle to connect with the clan remotely.”
For more information visit www.clanvirtual.com