Last year’s special edition of the Clan MacGillivray Society Australia Journal was a great success. Over 20 of our members submitted articles about what it means to them to be a part of Clan MacGillivray living outside of Scotland. The 2019 Journal was meant to be a starting point for a broader conversation about Clan identity that we had hoped to have at the International Gathering this year.
Sadly, as I’m sure all our members are aware, the 2020 International Clan Gathering has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing as we won’t be able to meet with our international counterparts as soon as we would like, we thought we would extend the offer to contribute to our 2020 Journal to include our friends and relatives in other nations.
The Scottish diaspora has spread to many countries, including Canada, the United States, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Italy, and South Africa. Each MacGillivray family’s story and experience as immigrants (or convicts!) is unique.
We invite our members in Australia and overseas to submit a short essay or paragraph - or even just a sentence or two - reflecting on the prompt below.
Personal identity is often complex and cross-cultural in an increasingly globalised world. Our growing interest in genealogy and family history indicates a strong desire for the Scottish diaspora to discover where they came from, and the circumstances under which they came. What does it mean to you to be part of Clan MacGillivray, living outside of Scotland?
If you are looking for a place to start, you could begin by telling us your MacGillivray connection, why you feel a connection to this clan, and what it means to you personally to belong. Please send up to 4 photographs as well - historic and current family photos are most welcome.
The resulting publication will be available in hard copy and online. Everyone who participates will be notified when publications are available. There is no cost to take part in this international project.
Please send your writings (along with any photographs) to
Deadline: 30 September 2020
We look forward to reading your submissions!
Commissioner for Australia