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Details of the activities of members of the Clan Society are described below:

A Craftsman with Wood

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We have recently discovered that one of our longstanding members is a true craftsman. Francis Hallowes works from a workshop next to his home in Surrey, England, producing, by hand, a limited number of hardwood pieces of furniture and jewellery boxes, or boxes “for a purpose”.

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Please click here to visit Francis's website which gives much more information about the craftsman himself and the beautiful items that he makes. Your webmaster has commented that any of the boxes illustrated would look wonderful with a piece of MacThomas Tartan  inset in the lid.

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Added 16/10/2013


Norwegian Member learns the Pipes

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Members may have read elsewhere that Jo Viljam Drivdal from Norway has been learning to play the bagpipes. It seems that his interest was kindled when he attended the Gathering of the Clans in Edinburgh in 2009 with other clansmen from Norway.

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Jo Viljam has now written a short article about the learning process and members can now click here to read this. There is also an opportunity to listen to Jo Viljam playing at a family wedding.

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Added 05/11/2013


A Passion for Gardening

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Members will know Grahame Thom as our Clan Sennachie, Chairman of our Archive Committee and Treasurer of the Australian Branch. His articles on family research regularly appear in Clan magazines and on this website. What is perhaps less well know is his love for the Garden which he and his wife, Rossie, have built around their house in Victoria, Australia. 

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Please click here to read Grahame's story of the construction of their wonderful Garden and to view more photographs of the fruits of their labours. The Australian branch picnic took place in this garden late in 2012.

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Added 23/10/2013


Musical MacThomas

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Clan Society Member, Adam MacThomas, otherwise known as Mac the Piper, is a professional musician based in the Franconia area of Germany. As well as the Bagpipes, Adam plays piano, guitar and Irish pipe whistle. He also composes and arranges music. Adam wrote and performed the air "Praising the Clan MacThomas" to commemorate the 50th Anniverary of the Clan Society in 2004. The music for this composition can be found in the book "The History of the Clan MacThomas" and a rendition can be downloaded from Adam's Website.
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Please click here to view Adam's website in German or here for an approximate English translation.

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Added 17/10/2013 


Members Celebrate Wallace

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Two of our Clan Society members who are based in and around Aberdeen take a keen interest in the Wallace 700 Association. This organisation was formed to advance the education of the public about the life of Sir William Wallace and his relevance to the heritage, culture and history of Scotland. Each year they arrange a special commemoration, as part of Tartan week in Aberdeen, to mark anniversary of Wallace's death.

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Clan member, John Mackay, is Secretary of the association and organises much of the annual event. Albert Thomson is an active participant and in 2012 proudly wore his kilt in the MacThomas modern tartan.

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Please click here to read Albert's report on the 2012 commemoration.

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Added 31/10/2012


German Pipe Band wears MacThomas Tartan

         

Members may be surprised to learn that there is a pipe band in Germany whose regular members wear the MacThomas modern tartan. The Ems Highlander Pipes and Drums come from the town of Emsdetten in Northern Germany. Clan Society member Sebastian Thomas is a piper in the band and he persuaded his fellow band members that the MacThomas tartan would be suitable for their kilts, bagpipe covers and ribbons. The band is sometimes joined by guest pipers who wear other tartans.

     

      

To view exclusive videos of the band please click here.   !!! New !!!

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For further information please click here to view the band's website in German or here if you prefer English.

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(Note: Most web browsers encorporate an automatic translation facility).

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Added 05/10/2012


Another Musical Member

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Longstanding Clan Society Member, Jeremy Thoms, is a founder member of the post-punk band, "The Cathode Ray", which was formed in 2006 and is based in Edinburgh. Jeremy performs lead vocals and plays guitar.

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The band released its fourth single, "Dispersal", in June 2012 and this can be downloaded from various websites. Their first album "The Cathode Ray" was released earlier in the year. They are currently working on a second. To find out more please use one of the following links:

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Wikepedia  Facebook  MySpace

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Added 05/11/2013


Ceilidh Band

    

Former Clan Society member John (Jock) Thomson from Walkington in England was the founder and an active participant in the Hayriders Ceilidh Band which is well know in the East Yorkshire area. The band provides entertainment and dancing for a variety of events and plays a range of traditional music from all parts of the British Isles. Jock played the Highland and Northumbrian pipes, whistles and the accordion. He liked to sing Scottish and Irish folk songs.

    

It is with great sadness that we report that Jock passed away in March 2012 after a long illness. Jock's obituary appeared in the 2013 edition of the Clan Magazine - Clach na Coileach.

       

For further information about the Hayriders please click here.

       

Added 03/09/2010

Last Updated 16/10/2013


Another Keen Gardener

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Further up this page we featured the wonderful Garden built by Grahame and Rossie Thom in Australia. They are not alone in their passion. Your webmaster's late Mother, Jean Hunter Hedges (neé Thoms), who was a member of the Clan Society for a short time in 1973, built an exceptional garden around the family home in Surrey, England. 

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Please click here to view a selection of photographs of the garden.

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Added 05/11/2013   


Family Research from Australia

      

Clan Society Australian member, Grahame Thom, has spent time researching his family history and has built a website to publish this information.

This can be viewed via the following link:

    

http://grthom.info/ 

      

In 2010 Grahame was appointed to the role of Clan Sennachie.

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Last updated 06/11/2013


A Celebrity in our Midst

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European branch member and singer-songwriter, Sandi Thom, hails from Macduff in Aberdeenshire but currently lives in the USA. She hit the headlines when her first single  "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)" was a success in 2006 following a series of webcasts from a her flat in Tooting, London.

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Sandi regularly tours in the UK, continental Europe, USA and Australia and her activities often feature on our Scottish News page. She is also one of our Notable Clansfolk.

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Added 05/11/2013


Please contact the webmaster if you participate in an activity that you think that could be featured here. Priority will be given to activities with a Clan or Scottish connection.

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