Ranald MacDonnell of Glengarry, Sir Ian Macdonald of Sleat, Lord Macdonald of Macdonald, High Chief of ClanDonald, Ranald Macdonald of Clanranald, The Earl of Antrim, Chief of the McDonnell’s of Antrim
Clan Donald Australia recognise the passing of Mrs Lorna Hocking, wife of Bruce Hocking piper and friend.
Lorna was a mentor to many, an accomplished highland dancer in her youth, wife mother, grandmother and great grand mother and so much more.
Rest in peace Lorna, we will miss you.
High Commissioner Clan Donald NZ
Clan Donald Australia is saddened to inform that Mr Harold McIsaac, immediate past High Commissioner Clan Donald NZ, passed away 28th June 2014.
Our deepest sympathies go to Mary and family, in their loss.
The Clan has lost a great man, friend and a pillar of light in the wilderness, farewell comrade.
In the words of the Scottish Bard:
Is there a whim-inspired fool,
Owre fast for thought, owre hot for rule,
Owre blate to seek, owre proud to snool,
Let him draw near;
And owre this grassy heap sing dool,
And drap a tear.
Is there a bard of rustic song,
Who, noteless, steals the crowds among,
That weekly this area throng,
O, pass not by!
But, with a frater-feeling strong,
Here, heave a sigh.
Is there a man, whose judgment clear
Can others teach the course to steer,
Yet runs, himself, life's mad career,
Wild as the wave,
Here pause-and, thro' the starting tear,
Survey this grave.
The poor inhabitant below
Was quick to learn the wise to know,
And keenly felt the friendly glow,
And softer flame;
But thoughtless follies laid him low,
And stain'd his name!
Reader, attend! whether thy soul
Soars fancy's flights beyond the pole,
Or darkling grubs this earthly hole,
In low pursuit:
Know, prudent, cautious, self-control
Is wisdom's root.
I know that all Clansfolk, will mourn the loss, vale friend, vale.
Norman A. Macdonald
High Commissioner Clan Donald Australia
It is with deep regret that Clan Donald Australia acknowledge the passing of Mrs Margaret McConnell.
Margaret was the long time secretary of Clan Donald NSW and wife of James McConnell (d) High Commissioner Emeritus Clan Donald Australia.
We express our deepest sympathies to family and friends, clan members and executive of Clan Donald NSW.
Clan Donald Australia recognises the valuable assistance provided to our societies through DSS, OMAC, along with affiliations with Victorian Scottish Union, Scots of Victoria CoOrdinating Group, Scottish Heritage Group, Celtic Council