Greetings Celtic Clans and Societies!
Our Society is pleased to invite you to participate in the 17th Annual Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival (former Frederick Celtic Festival).
The festival will be on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:00am until 6:00pm at the Mount Airy Fire Department Carnival Grounds, located at 1003 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy, MD, 21771.
Support Our Designated Charity-Platoon 22: Please think about supporting Platoon 22, whose mission is to prevent veteran suicide, with a donation via the festival with your registration. www.Platoon22.org
Directions: The Mt. Airy Fire Dept. Fairgrounds are just off Interstate 270. Exit at route 27 north and proceed about a mile then make a right turn on Twin Arch Road followed by an almost immediate right turn into the fairgrounds. https://midmarylandcelticfestival.com/directions/
Parking: There is designated on-site parking for one vehicle per clan. You will receive one parking pass to display in your windscreen. There is additional close-by parking available for other Clansmen. There are a limited number of Handicapped spaces available so please note that on your registration form if needed.
Setup: You may set up on Friday, May 12th between 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday from 6:00 am – 8:30 am. On festival day all vehicles must be off the grounds by 8:30am. No exceptions.
Festival Information Package: You will receive your festival information package (e.g., general information, festival map, wristbands, etc.) upon your arrival on the festival grounds. There will be a check-in area for all Clans to be sure you have everything you need and to get you to your location
Activities for Clans and Societies:
Parade of the Clans and Societies: Show off your Clan or Society tartan and banners in the Open Ceremony Parade and shout your motto or ‘war cry’ as you pass the announcer—even Clan Woof-Woof joins in to march onto the field for the Opening Ceremony. Clans will march on, circle the field, and march off. More details later.
Best Clan Tent: Each year the Best Clan tent is selected and the Clan receives a most coveted prize. Will your Clan tent be the Best?
Entertainment: The festival will again feature four stages of music and dance. The Guinness Main Pub Stage features The American Rogues, Kilmaine Saints, and Dublin 5! Watch the website for more band updates.
2nd Annual Shortbread Competition: This was great fun last year so you will not want to miss it this year. Prizes and bragging rights! See our website for more information.
Sponsor an Athletic Trophy or Division Award: This year we have two ways to recognize our athletes who are the heart and soul of the Highland Games. Clans can sponsor a trophy ($50) or a Division ($100).
NEW-Children’s Activity: The wee ones will be out searching so be sure to have your Clan stamp ready to stamp their paper!
NEW- Festival Square: An open space for performances and other activities!
Lodging: Our Host Hotel is the Clarion Inn located at the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, MD, and is where our entertainers and athletes will be staying. There are many other hotels nearby, please see our website: https://midmarylandcelticfestival.com/lodging/
Friday Night Open House: Join us for an informal ceilidh-like get-together featuring food, drink, and live music by The American Rogues, and dancing on Friday night from 6pm – 8pm at the VIP Hall on the festival grounds. You must RSVP via the registration form as we must have an accurate count for the reception in advance.
Dogs: Your furry friends are permitted if they are on a leash, well behaved, and have tags validating they have had the required shots. Remember you must clean up after them. Doggie ‘poop’ bags are available.
We look forward to greeting you at the festival.
Yours Aye and le gach deagh dhurachd,
Charles R. MacFarland
Downloadable PDF of this information: 2017 Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival Clan Letter 3 Feb 2017
Celtic heritage and traditions are passed from generation to generation, in almost every country around the world. This is due in large part to the efforts of Scottish Clan Organizations, as well as Irish and Welsh societies. We are looking forward to the numerous Clans that are willing and able to help you learn about your family history.
2017’s Honored Clan
The name Fergusson and its history spreads from Antrim in northeastern Ireland to the shores of Dalriada under Fergus mor Mac Erc, into the Highlands and to Dunkeld. Through emigration, either forced or voluntary, the name Ferguson and its rich heritage have travelled throughout the world.
As with world history much of the Clan Fergusson history has been lost through time and The Fergustranslation. It is generally believed all Fergussons claim descent from a very early king of the Scots, Fergus mor MacErc. The “Scotti” were well established in Dalriada (Argyllshire and the islands of Jura, Islay and Iona) by 500 A.D. The Scots spread from Ireland in the third century throughout “Caledonia” leavening the country around the ancient seats on the Tay and the Earn, spreading into Carrick and Galloway. According to Mediaeval historians Fergus was the founder of the Scottish monarchy.
Ayrshire and Dumfries Fergussons alike claim descent from Fergus, Prince of Galloway. The grandfather of Duncan Earl of Carrick and in turn great-great-grandfather to Robert Bruce, Fergus, restored the see of Whithorn and founded the Abbey of Dundrennan during the reign of David I and Malcolm IV. He died as a monk at Holyrood in 1161. Through Robert Bruce passes the line of the Royal Family of Great Britain.
It was the 1st Earl of Carrick’s signature that might suggest the origins of the Fergusson surname, Duncan, son of Gilbert, the son of Fergus, hence MacFhearguis. The Gaelic spelling has been corrupted through tranlation into the forms, MacFergus, MacFerries, and MacFerris. Since the “f” and “g” are silent in the old language such variations as MacErries, MacHerries, MacKerras (especially common in Argyll and Australia) and even MacIrish were formed.
The Anglicised “Fergusson” was widely used by the reign of James IV. The shortened form of the name with the single “s” was initiated by record clerks before the 1600’s. The common spelling of the day was “Fergussoun” and by the reign of Charles II, “Fergussone.” In the modern era the Ayrshire, Dumfries, Argyll, and Perthshire families have retained the double “s” while those of Fife, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Ireland have the single “Ferguson.”
We know with certainty that by the 13th century there were men in widely separated districts of Scotland which called themselves “sons of Fergus.” It is recorded in the “Annals of Ulster” there was in 1216 a day of disaster to the “Clan Fergusa” at the hand of the Mormaer of Lennox’s son. Through the passing of the ages however the particulars of the story have been lost.
In one of the oldest documents of Scottish history, the Irish “Tract of the Men of Albyn” ours is the only modern clan listed. Two offshoots of “Clan Fergusa” from the Royal Race are mentioned. It is thought that from these offshoots comes the possible origin of regional Kilkerran: Ancestral Home separations of Fergusson. Thus lending explaination as to why the Aberdeenshire, Atholl and Ayreshire clans are under the arms of the boars head and the Dumfries and Galloway Fergussons are found with the lion rampant arms.
Robert Bruce granted certain lands in Ayrshire to Fergus MacFergus, and in 1466 John Fergusson resigned a portion of his estate to Fergus Fergusson (of Kilkerran), his son, and Janet Kennedy, his wife. From this line stems Sir Charles Fergusson, 9th Baronet, and Baron of Kilkerran who holds the undifferenced arms as Chief of the Name.
2016’s Honored Clan:
Since the late nineteenth century the Clan Cameron Association has been the
modern-day representation of the Clan Cameron. Dedicated to
the preservation and promotion of our collective heritage, and
fully supported by our Hereditary Chief, Donald Cameron of
Lochiel, XXVII of Lochiel, thousands of individuals and families
worldwide are proud members. Many continue the tradition
their ancestors began, and are multi-generational members.
Is your family part of Clan Cameron? Check here: http://www.clan-cameron.org/septs.html
2017’s Participating Clans:
Clan Bell Clan Cameron
Clan MacLaren Society Clan Mackintosh
2017’s Participating Societies
Previous Honored Clans
g*Wallace repeated due to inclement weather in 2010
Please contact the Festival Committee or see the Clan /Society registration form if you would like to represent your Clan or Society at the 2015 Celtic Festival.