Dear Clansmen and Clanswomen,
The 23rd and 24th June 2014 sees the 700th anniversary of Robert the Bruce’s brilliant victory over the English at Bannockburn and with a Scottish Nationalist Party Government now firmly established at Holyrood in Edinburgh for the next five years, there will undoubtedly be various celebrations throughout Scotland. 2014 also sees The Ryder Cup coming to Scotland as well as The Commonwealth Games, so it seems like a very good year to hold our next International Gathering. At a recent Council meeting, the dates were set as Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July 2014. Please mark your calendars and I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us on this special occasion.
On a personal front, the last eighteen months has been a momentous and very happy time for all of us at Foulis, with our son Finnian’s marriage to Ohma (née Oxley) in late 2009 and our elder daughter Isabella’s marriage to Henry Blake on 10th July 2010, closely followed on 13th July by the arrival of Finnian & Ohma’s son and our first grandson, Hector Anthony John Munro. These events have given us immense pleasure and we feel most blessed to have our newly extended family all living within easy walking distance, later this year Finnian, Ohma and Hector will be even closer when they move to The Bakehouse, a recently restored wing in the Castle courtyard. Isabella and Henry now live in one of the oldest houses on Foulis, Teanord, on what were originally church lands acquired by a Munro Chief after the Reformation.
This summer, my wife Alpha plans to take part in an interesting archaeological dig in the Castle grounds, aiming to investigate the existence of a possible medieval routeway. This routeway runs past a variety of important sites thought to be medieval in date and could prove to be a main communication route in the medieval period with origins in later prehistory. One of these sites is the motte feature near the crossing of the Foulis Burn to the West of the present Castle and may well be the site of its forerunner. We will report on any interesting finds.
With a burgeoning world population and surging commodity prices, for the first time in decades farming in the UK seems to be back in favour with politicians and public alike. No doubt as food prices rise, which they will inevitably have to, there will be a lot of finger pointing, but for the moment it is quite pleasant for once to be involved in an industry with improving prospects!
We look forward to welcoming you all in 2014.
With very best wishes
Hector W. Munro of Foulis October 2011
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