expression "raise the clans" has a slightly archaic sound to our ears.
It is surrounded by an aura of some long forgotten appeal to support noble causes
or high ideals. From a historical perspective, it was used to summon the clans
for battle. We have chosen to transform the ancient act to symbolize a different
kind of call to the clans.
saltire cross is recognized as Scotland's ancient symbol. A living cross of light
is made up of a representative from all the clans and families who have come to
participate. They come from the compass points to indicate the widespread migration
of Scots. The Clans give voice to their origins and take their place as part of
the gathering on this magnificent mountain.
they share remembrances and offer thanks. As torches burn brightly together in
the gathering dusk, the haunting sound op pipers is carried into the night. The
clans have come again to celebrate who they are.
Torchlight Ceremony was created by Larry Long, the 1995 recipient of the Agnes
MacRae Morton award.