An important symposium on the history and
literary heritage of the MacMhuirichs takes place in South Uist on
Saturday the 25th of August 2012. The symposium takes place as part
of a weekend of celebrations dedicated to Scotland's greatest
bardic dynasty, the Clan MacMhuirich or Clan Currie.
The MacMhuirich symposium, being held at
Iochdar School in the village of Iochdar, will bring a new
perspective to the role of the MacMhuirichs in Scottish literary
history. The MacMhuirichs, a name later anglicized to 'Currie' and
in some parts of Scotland as 'Macpherson', 'Murray' and even
'MacMillan', served for over 700 years as professional poets to the
Lords of the Isles, and later to the MacDonalds of Clanranald.
Members of the public are cordially invited to attend this
The prestigious programme for the symposium
will be chaired by the Rev. Dr. David Currie, Chaplain of the Clan
Currie Society joined by speakers Dr. Michael Newton of St. Francis
Xavier University, Dr Alan Titley of University College Cork,
Western Isles Council Archaeologist Deborah Anderson and Uist and
Benbecula historian Angus MacMillan.
The MacMhuirich Symposium precedes the
building and dedication of a memorial cairn (monument) in honor of
the MacMhuirich bards of South Uist at Stilligarry. The cairn will
include stones contributed by clansfolk from the four corners of
the globe representing the clan's far-flung sons and
Robert Currie, President of the Clan Currie
Society in New York, commented: "South Uist is a most appropriate
place to mark the achievements of Scotland's greatest bardic
dynasty. We know that such a distinguished gathering of speakers
will do honour to the MacMhuirichs at the symposium in
The MacMhuirich Symposium on the 25th of
August is a date not to be missed, not only for anyone interested
in the MacMhuirichs, but also for people interested in the history
and literature of Scotland during the medieval period, and, in
particular the Lords of the Isles.
A warm invitation is extended to all events
over the weekend of the 24th to the 26th of August, including in
addition to the symposium, a clan golf challenge and welcome
reception on Friday evening, a dinner and ceilidh on Saturday,
August 25th and the erection and dedication of the MacMhuirich
Cairn on Sunday 26th August.