What would you give to have a rare family heirloom over 650 years old? What would you give to keep it in the family?
In truth, every Maclean does have such an heirloom. We are one of the few clans that can visit our ancestral home and walk where our ancestors, the sons of Gillean, walked so many centuries ago. We lost this precious heirloom in the late 17th century when the Chief forfeited the Castle to pay off the family’s debts. Without constant maintenance, our home quickly fell into ruins. In 1911, the current Chief’s great-grandfather, Sir Fitzroy Maclean, bought back Duart Castle and personally invested in restoring and preserving the castle to serve as the Chief’s home and a touchstone for members of Clan Maclean.
Now we are in danger of losing Duart Castle again. When water damage brought down four ceilings in the winter of 2013-2014, our current Chief realized he could no longer afford the upkeep of the castle that his family had personally financed for over 100 years. He is now urgently appealing to his clansmen to help save the castle as every year water continues to erode away centuries of Maclean history. Whether or not you take your opportunity to stand on the centuries-old stone floor where the sons of Gillean stood, it is up you to make sure that your grandchildren have that same opportunity.
What will you give to keep your family heirloom for generations to come?
Please give your tax deductible donation at the Clan MacLean PNW tent at gatherings, or send to:
Clan MacLean PNW
9275 SW Cutter Pl.
Beaverton, OR 97008-7706