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Scotland's clans descend on Edinburgh Castle

Clansmen and clanswomen marched to the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle Photo: Stripe Communications

Edinburgh saw a landmark moment in Scottish history today when more than 30 clansmen and women marched to the city's castle.

It's the first time Scotland’s clans have been welcomed into the castle since the Highland Clans lay siege to it during the Jacobite uprisings in 1745.

The gathering was organised by The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which is celebrating its own ties with the Scottish Diaspora this year.

Clan members were treated to a guided tour of the medieval surroundings of the Great Hall where their ancestors once attempted to gain entry to, courtesy of Edinburgh Castle’s Governor, Major General Mike Riddell-Webster, and hosted by The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The event is being heralded by historians as the latest iconic tale from the colourful history of Scotland’s clans folk.

During the Tattoo’s August extravaganza, the military showcase will champion the theme Splash of Tartan, a series of events that will encourage people living in Scotland and those with a link to Scotland to explore their ancestral connections with the country. In the opening ceremony of each evening, Clan Chiefs will lead their clan folk on to the Esplanade to the awaiting Tattoo crowd.

The event was attended by Dumfries & Galloway's Sir Malcolm McGregor, Convenor of the Scottish Council of Standing Chiefs.

"It is a great honour for 57 clans and chiefs to be taking part in such a prestigious event as The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo this year. There will be clan representatives from around the world, in keeping with the high international profile of the Tattoo, and the global nature of today's clan network.

"For the participating clans, it will be a dream come true to march onto the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, a location that has, over the centuries, been central to the clan story. Tartan will be to the fore with the clans kitted out in the ‘Garb of Old Gaul’. The great cloth, that has been worn by the Clans and Scottish Regiments since the Jacobite period of the 1700s, will be on full display and worn with great pride."

– Sir Malcolm MacGregor, convener of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs