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Dear Clan, Family and Friends,

As you know I have had the honour of being the President of the Clan Phail Society since 1990 and Historian of the Clan.

The Clan Phail lost its last Chief of the Clan in 1904 after he died in Australia without children and no known Heirs.

After conversations with Lord Lyon King of Arms, who is the Queens head of all things Armorial in Scotland including Clans and Coats of Arms, his advice is that the Society should hold a “Family Convention” to include Society, family and Clan members  in a meeting in Scotland and invite all those interested by the names of MacPhail (all those of the many different spellings) to attend under observation of a Lyon court supervising Officer.

The aim of the gathering is to select a Clan Commander. The Commander would have a temporary position as Head of the Clan until a new Chief can be selected, (It does not mean in any way that the Commander would be a future Chief, in fact it is likely that the Society would select someone who can’t be Chief so that they can act impartial in the selection of a possible new Chief for the future.) The Commander can only be in position to arrange, organise and plan for the Clans promotion and eventually for the clan to propose a new Chief to the Lord Lyon for his consideration in the future. Only The King of Arms can decide on a new Clan Chief.

I will work with the Society committee to arrange a date and venue for this important meeting. Anyone who wishes to attend this meeting which may well be in Edinburgh Scotland, please message me privately through this e-mail  

John E Mackfall

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Lochardil House Hotel Inverness

3-5 August 2023

Lochardil House Hotel Inverness

Lochardil House Hotel Inverness

The Annual General Meeting and Dinner

Thursday, 3 August 2023 Tentative Plan

  • 4pm: Gather together. Light refreshments
  • 5pm: The AGM of the Clan Chattan Association
  • 6pm: Pre-dinner welcome drink
  • 7pm: Clan Chattan Association Annual Dinner

 2 course buffet dinner and coffee  (please let us know of any dietary requirements)

You will be able to book online from the Clan website

For more information, please e-mail

If booking accommodation at the Lochardil Hotel, quote this event as discounts may be available. E-mail them directly on

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Friday 4th and Saturday 5th August 2022

The Highland Field Sports Moy

The Clan Chattan Association Tent

Relax and enjoy some Highland hospitality in the Clan Tent. Browse through some of the past publications and visit the museum or take a walk up to the Lachlan Mackintosh memorial and enjoy the view.

The Clan Tent will be open:

  •  Friday 4th August 10am – 5pm
  •  Saturday 5th August 10 am – 2pm

Please note that there is an entrance charge to the Field Sports, for more information please go to

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To all members of the Clan Chattan Association. It is time for you all to get your thinking caps on and write that article which has been rolling around in your thoughts. You know, that one about your family heritage research or that special trip you had to Scotland, People you know with clan connections who have done something special or have a great talent. The Touch Not Magazine will be getting put together in the New Year and we need your stories and photos. For more info on how to get your story in print contact the editor, Donald McIntosh by e-mail on

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Captain Alwyne Farquharson
Captain Alwyne Farquharson

It is with great sadness that we must inform members of the Clan Chattan Association of the death of Captain Alwyne Farquharson of Invercauld, on October 6th 2021, at the age of 102.

Captain Farquharson was both Chief of Clan Farquharson and Chieftain of the Ballater Highland Games. He is believed to have been the longest serving Clan Chief in Scottish History. He was dedicated to his role and touched many hearts. The Clan Chattan Association wishes to convey deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Madam Farquharson and family. He will be dearly missed.

The late Chiefs funeral will be held at Brancaster Church on October 22nd at 2pm.

There will be a full appreciation in the 2022 edition of the Touch Not Magazine.

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It is with heartfelt sadness that we must inform our members of the death of Sir William Macpherson of Cluny.

As 27th Chief of the Clan Macpherson he was a Vice President of the Clan Chattan Association and maintained an active and lively support over many years.

He will be sadly missed but very fondly remembered.

There will be a tribute in the 2021 Touch Not Magazine

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