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Clan MacLeod World Gatherings

The Clan MacLeod is a truly well-connected international organisation. The Associated Clan MacLeod Societies and the individual National societies themselves encourage all clansfolk to take advantage of the many opportunities offered to meet each other in locations around the world. These gatherings reflect our deep commitment to our Scottish heritage and to each other.  

Further information on various gatherings is available by selecting the title of the event from the menu on the left.  These events are open to all members in good standing of any one of our National Societies.   

What is the Clan MacLeod Parliament?

The Clan MacLeod Parliament is roughly fashioned on the definition of a parliament as "a meeting or assembly for conference on public or national affairs." Our Parliament is a world gathering of MacLeods, now held every four years, and centered in Dunvegan, Isle of Skye.  The purpose of Parliament is to bring MacLeods together from all over the world to talk about the Clan.  Its origins are best summarized in a booklet written by Nancy MacLeod Nicol, former President of the Clan MacLeod Society Scotland and holder of various offices in ACMS: 

    "In 1956 [then Chief Dame Flora] decided to hold a "Clan Parliament", so that Clansfolk from all over the world could meet and discuss clan affairs.

    "The agenda included such items as reports from Branches, Organization of Clan Societies, The Magazine, Clan History, Clan Activities and Clan Interests.

    "At this first Parliament it became evident that the social interactions were as important as the business meetings. Many clansfolk felt that they had met long lost cousins and friendships formed have stood the test of time."

    From "Tell Your Children about the Stones", by Nancy MacLeod Nicol, published by the Associated Clan MacLeod Societies.  For more information on this book, please refer to the ACMS Merchandising pages.

Parliament years
1956 The first one. Just one day, but linked with John and Patrick's 21st birthday and the Royal visit.
1959 The decision to form the ACMS.
1962 Confirmed constitution of the ACMS. 
1965 Formation of the North Room Group.
1968 The "Sunny Parliament".
1971 Parliament held in a Marquee in the Round Garden.
1974 The "Happy Parliament" (weren't the others?)
1978 232 delegates came despite the ferry strike.
1982 First Parliament attended by Torquil Roderick.
1986 Our French Society's first Parliament.
1990 South Africa CMS attended; Dame Flora Lounge opened in the Dunvegan Community Hall; Clan Centre discussions.
1994 Hugh Magnus' 21st birthday.
1998 "Wet-Wet-Wet" and Parliament sessions held in Dunvegan Church.
2002 Center of Parliament activity was moved to the Dunvegan Community Hall.
2006 A truly memorable pre-Parliament trip to Lewis and Harris featured the first reunion in 400 years of the Chiefs of MacLeod of MacLeod, MacLeod of the Lewes, and Chief of the MacLeods of Raasay.
2010 Occasionally referred to as the "intimate" Parliament, this gathering included a remarkable pre-Parliament trip to Assynt and broader participation by delegates in our Clan meetings in Dunvegan. 
2014 A great time was had by all!  Over 200 MacLeods from five continents participated in our gathering, which included a visit from HRH Princess Anne, dedicating the Memorial Gazebo to the late 29th Chief John.  
2018 Registration is now open for the 2018 Clan MacLeod Parliament, which includes a pre-Parliament trip to the Hebridean islands of Harris and Lewis.