Clan Buchanan Day
I was reviewing my calendar this morning and noticed Robert Burns Birthday is 25th January. I suspect that more than a few of our Clan celebrate Rabbie’s birthday and perhaps even do something on St Andrew’s Day. On these days we celebrate with family and friends the best of our heritage, with Scottish food, drink and stories.
As Buchanans, is there a day on which we can celebrate our Clan’s heritage and tells the stories of our clanfolk both past and present? There are many clanfolk whose birthdays we might celebrate and we could spend much time debating which is the most worthy person and date; but our Clan’s crest badge depicts a significant dateable historic event. Of course I’m referring to Sir Alexander Buchanan (the son of the chief, Walter Buchanan of Buchanan) who killed Thomas Plantagenet of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence, the second son of King Henry IV of England, at the Battle of Baugé on 22nd March 1421.
What might we do on Clan Buchanan Day, 22nd March (or on a close and convenient date)?
We might join with family and friends for a meal and, prior to the meal, show our Clan crest badge and tell the story of Sir Alexander Buchanan and the Duke of Clarence.
As the meal progresses, individuals might tell in prose, song, rhyme or rap the stories of our clanfolk who have done extraordinary deeds, both in Scotland and the Diaspora, both in peace and war, both from the past and the present. Who knows, as we enjoy ourselves and enrich our knowledge of our Clan’s history, we may inspire our children (or ourselves) to become a person that the next generation will tell stories about.
What will you do on the next Clan Buchanan Day, 22nd March?