A 50-strong posse of transatlantic Clan Graham members were thrilled to visit their forebears’ ancestral Mugdock pile – to donate a cool £5,000.
The Clan Graham Society of North America members gave the generous sum to the Mugdock Trust, which will use it for the upkeep and development of the castle.
This includes the Graham room, which is itself funded by the clan.
The American and Canadian visitors were welcomed and entertained by park staff, supported by East Dunbartonshire Council, with a programme which included a clarsach recital, an archery demonstration, and of course a visit to the castle itself.
They thoroughly enjoyed the tour provided by volunteer stewards of the keep – a landmark which once played a starring role as film set for “The Borderers”, a TV series about 16th century Border Reivers.
As a key site in Clan Graham’s rich heritage (particularly through its association with the legendary Royalist hero James Graham, Marquis of Montrose) Mugdock is a must-visit location for anyone seriously interested in the clan’s history.
The party were reminded of another famous ancestor when they were treated to a rendition of Sir Walter Scott’s Bonnie Dundee, named after scourge of the Covenanters John Graham of Claverhouse (Viscount Dundee).
Known to his enemies as Bluidy Clavers, this dark figure from “The Killing Times” was shot dead in the moment of victory at the battle of Killicrankie.
More aware of this stirring and turbulent history than most Scots, the visitors also enjoyed a reception in Drymen which included a banquet with Scottish music, a silent auction, and a Robert Burns-inspired production by Fizzgig theatre conmpany.
Councillor Eric Gotts, chairman of Mugdock Country Park Joint Management Committee, welcomed the guests and accepted the cheque on behalf of the Trust.
He said: “I was delighted to welcome members of the clan to the park this year and they thoroughly enjoyed their visit - particularly the pilgrimage to Mugdock Castle. The entertainment and refreshments at the park were excellent - as was the evening reception.”