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Edinburgh, Scotland

27 November 2004

Chief of Clan Arthur 27 November 2004
John Alexander MacArthur of that Ilk
Chief of Clan Arthur
Saint Andrew's Day Parade 2004

Photograph by Christine McArthur

Recently there have been calls to make Saint Andrew’s Day a new public holy day (or holiday as we now know them) in Scotland. Quite right - England has Saint George’s Day and the Irish celebrate all around the world on Saint Patrick’s Day, so why not we proud Scots?

On Saturday 27th November 2004, half a dozen members of Clan Arthur including The Chief and his fiancée Lorraine Agnew, gathered for the Saint Andrew’s Parade in Edinburgh.

The march, led by the Stockbridge Pipe Band, left East Market Street at 12 noon and proceeded across Waverly Bridge turning west onto Princes Street. It was noted that this was probably the first time in centuries that the Clan Arthur flag had been seen flying in front of Edinburgh Castle. We marched on into Lothian Road, finishing at Festival Square with Na’ Fir Dileas (The Loyal Men) bringing up the rear.

Eminent historian/author David R. Ross gave an excellent speech on the Saltire - the oldest flag on the planet and all agreed that the occasion had been an enjoyable and worthwhile event.

Hugh DP McArthur
FSA Scot
Publicity Liaison Officer
The MacArtur Society in Britain
A Branch of Clan Arthur

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