The Gathering At Fort Ticonderoga was held for twenty years
on the 4th of July weekend on the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga near Ticonderoga,
New York. The Festival featured living histories, pipe, dance and athletic
demonstrations, vendors from around the North America and an evening Tattoo
featuring the Black Watch Regiment from Canada. The last known celebration
was in 1998.
The Gathering At Fort Ticonderoga
In 1997, a Memorial Cairn was dedicated to the Scots that died there in 1758.
The Color Guard from the UK's 42nd Regiment of Foot, the Black Watch, were on
hand for the dedication. (They made the trip to New York three days after
lowering the British flag for the last time in Hong Kong.) Several members
of the Regiment joined Clan MacLachlan for a wee dram and a wee bite.
Of special note is that Clan MacLachlan was asked to loan their Saltaire (the
Scottish national flag) to the Blach Watch's Color Guard for use during the
evening Tattoo. As a result, when you see the familiar blue and white flag,
sometimes referred to as the Saint Andrew's Cross, flying above the MacLachlan
Tent, you may be seeing a flag that can truly claim to have been flown by the
the Highland's Black Watch Regiment over Fort Ticonderoga.
The Cairn We
- The Black Watch Memorial, dedicated to the Black Watch who fell at
Fort Ticonderoga in 1758. The cairn was dedicated on July 5th, 1997.
- The stone donated by Clan MacLachlan is as marked. It was cut from larger a
stone taken from the North Room of the old castle by Euan MacLachlan of MacLachlan,
Chief of Clan MacLachlan. Clan MacLachlan places the remainder of this stone on
display from time to time.
- Clan MacLachlan takes a moment following the dedication to have a
group photo taken in front of the newly dedicated Cairn. Herb Jacobs,
then President, lead the MacLachlan procession.
The People We
- Herb Jacobs, President from 1996 through 1999, discusses the State of the CMANA
during the 1997 Annual Membership Meeting. Over thirty MacLachlans were in attendance
during the two day celebration. Fort Ticonderoga, July 5th, 1997.
- Clan MacLachlan Gathers for the Annual Meeting at Fort Ticonderoga, July 5th, 1997.
- Major Cole-MacIntosh of the Black Watch posing with a Wee MacLachlan,
Fort Ticonderoga, July 5th, 1997.
- John Spencer, Major Cole-MacIntosh of the Black Watch,
Sally MacLachlan, Jim Finegan and Michaele Finegan celebrating
at Fort Ticonderoga, July 5th, 1997.
The Things We
- The Canadian 42nd Regiment of Foot Pipe Band approaches the Memorial Cairn as the
Dedication Ceramony begins. Fort Ticonderoga, July 5th, 1997.
- The Canadian 42nd Regiment of Foot Pipe Band's Drum Corp stack their drums during the
Memorial Cairn Dedication Ceramony. Fort Ticonderoga, July 5th, 1997.
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