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In 1912 the Chief of Clan Maclean, Sir Fitzroy Maclean, invited the clan to join him at Duart to celebrate with him the return of the castle to Maclean ownership. Invitations went out to Macleans both on Mull and around the world; nearly 700 clans people accepted his call, and came to Duart. It was the first great clan gathering of any clan in modern times.
As the central part of the occasion, the Chieftain of Ardgour hammered on the door of the ruined castle, saying:
Fhir Dhubhairt tha clann llleathain a feitheamh a mach gu cur failte cirbh aim an luchairt ur Sionnsaireachd.
Chief of Duart! The Clan Maclean is waiting to give you welcome in the castle of your ancestors.
Sir Fitzroy then appeared and welcomed the clan, before proceeding to raise the Maclean flag from the battlements, for the first time in 221 years.
The castle had been taken over by the Campbells, used as government barracks, and for long been a ruin. The 1912 Gathering was a significant event in the history of the restoration of the castle as home for the chief, and a shelter and rallying place for the clan.
Sir Fitzroy was an old man of 77 years in 1912, but he lived for a further 24 years to enjoy his family’s return to Duart.
via Clan MacLean Centenary Gathering, Mull 2012.