The Williamsburg Scottish Festival
is held on the last Saturday of September on the grounds of the Williamsburg Winery
near Williamsburg, Virginia. The Festival features numerous living histories,
pipe, dance and athletic competitions, vendors, artisans and crafters from around
the North America, a Parade of Tartans that includes the Clan War Cry and acess
to the winery.
The Williamsburg Scottish Festival
Over the years, this Festival has been held at several locations around Williamsburg.
It was first held on the William and Mary campus until a home football game forced the
Festival to relocate. For a few years, it was held on the grounds of the Jamestown
Historic Park and Settlement. All areas of the Park were open - one might see
rampaging pipe bands marching among the Native American dwellings. Finally, after
relocating to the winery, a new air of sophistication was added to the Festival.
This Festival has also had its humerous highlights. As an example, as part of a
ceremony to end 300+ years of hostilities between two rival clans, a Black Angus
escaped and ran wild for a few days. (No one had prepared the poor beast for the
sound of the pipes.) All throughout the day, announcements were made regarding
efforts to find the lost bovine. Visions of a steer roast following a successful
reiving endeavor abounded.
The Awards We've
- Clan MacLachlan won their first Lord Dunmore Heritage Award at the Williamsburg
Scottish Festival, September 25, 1993. Jim Finegan and Michaele
Finegan are pictured here with their family. Shadow, the Newfoundland,
helps guard the tent from wild cattle.
- Clan MacLachlan won their second Lord Dunmore Heritage Award at the
Williamsburg Scottish Festival, September 27, 1997. Pictured are Clara
McLaughlin, Jim Finegan and Michaele Finegan.
The People We
- Members of Clan MacLachlan gather for a group photograph as they celebrate winning
their second Lord Dunmore Heritage Award during the the Williamsburg
Scottish Festival, September 27, 1997.
- Clan MacLachlan on parade during the parade Of Tartans at the Williamsburg
Scottish Festival, September 27, 1997. Pictured are Clara McLaughlin,
Michaele Finegan and Jim Finegan.
The Things We
- Caber Tossing - almost as much fun as the Caber catching Competition! Taken in
1986 at the Jamestown Historical park.
- A view of the God's Speed in Jamestown Historical Park during the 1986 Festival.
Mixing the Festival with the Park offered a truly unique and moving experience.
- Massed Bands as seen from the MacLachlan tent. September, 1986.
- The Stewarts of Appin demonstrate the art of life in 1745 during the 1997 Festival.
Several living history units attend each Festival giving the visitor a sense of Celtic
life in days gone by.
- Williamsburg is also known for its dance and piping/drumming competitions. All are
fun to watch. September, 1995.
The Places We
- An early Clan MacLachlan tent from the years the Festival was held at the
Jamestown Historic Park, September, 1986. This tent shows how simply a Convener
can start: a picnic fly tent, a card table, tartan ties and, most importantly,
a play pen for the wee bairn. The Conveners went on to build a display that
reflects their personality. They eventually won the Festival's Best Tent award
in both 1993 and 1997.
- The 1993 Williamsburg Scottish Festival's Lord Dunmore Heritage Award winning
tent. Eight years after first convening a festival, Clan MacLachlan's Jim and
Michaele Finegan were honored for their efforts by being named the Festival's
winner. Williamsburg selects their winner based on the tent's appearence, the
nature and accuracy of the information provided and convener's knowledge of that
- During the 1994 Festival, the half-walls turned out to be a blessing. Since the
walls were actually full sized walls folded over, they could be raised to provide
some protection when the wind and rain picked up. Many a Clan member took
advantage of this amenity during the day.
- In 1995, the weather was both warm and wonderful. The tent provided much needed
shade and a convenient play area for the MacLachlan bairns. Many of the heavy
display boards had been replaced by a more portable hinged shelve arrangment.
- By 1997, when Clan MacLachlan was awarded their second Lord Dunmore Heritage Award,
the display borads had given way to overhead banners made from flag nylon, velcro, and
bungie cords. The casual observer looking towards the rafters of the tents will see
mainly photographs and pictures. The interested reader can make use of the extensive
textual material that is also available overhead. Photo from the Williamsburg
Scottish Festival, September 27, 1997
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