Scotts from all over the world descended on the Borders to attend a clan gathering hosted by the 10th Duke of Buccleuch alongside Abbotsford House.
Guests travelled back to their ancestral home from France, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia to enjoy a packed programme of events celebrating their heritage.
Three days of activities took place in and around Bowhill House and Country Estate, located just outside Selkirk, and Abbotsford House. Events were rounded off with a farewell banquet, attended by the 10th Duke of Buccleuch, who is Chief of Clan Scott – and 50 guests, all linked to Clan Scott.
The heart of the original clan area was at Bellendaine, a meeting place for the Scotts, so local band Scocha wrote and performed a new song especially for the Scott gathering, entitled A Bellendaine, meaning “to Bellendaine” – the rallying or war cry of the Scotts of Buccleuch.
The duke also received a special gift from Clan Scott America – a United States flag which had been flown over Washington on Tartan Day earlier this year. The gift held special significance for the duke, who was involved in the instigation of Tartan Day in America.
Across the three days, activities included a birds-of-prey presentation, tours of Bowhill House, visits to the Selkirk Court Room, Smailholm and Dryburgh Abbey, followed by a tour of Abbotsford House, food and whisky tasting in the Abbotsford Restaurant, Ochiltree’s, and a tour of the Sir Walter Scott exhibition.