Clans & Heritage

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Immerse yourself in Scottish culture, craftmanship and pageantry

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Clans

The Fergus Scottish Festival is proud to host many Clan Societies who will help you understand the clan system and your clan in particular. If you are wearing Highland dress you are welcome to participate with your clan. Why not join the Clan Society?

Clan applications are open!

Please note our clan registration has changed. We will now be requiring all interested to apply first. Clan applications are open to those who wish to host a tent during the Fergus Scottish Festival. Once approved by our team you will be sent a link to complete the registration. See below for important information on Clan Registration and what it includes.

CLAN REGISTRATION CLOSES AUGUST 1ST AT 11:59PM.

Clan registration ensures:

  • A tent, tables, and chairs on the Avenue of the Clans
  • Two weekend adult passes
  • Best Clan award
  • Clan recognition on the Festival website
  • Recognition of any Clan dignitaries during the Festival

Clan events during the weekend include:

  • Clan representation in the Thursday night downtown parade
  • The traditional Hearth Lightin’ ceremony on Friday night
  • The Parade of the Clans during the Welcoming Ceremony on Saturday
  • Participation in the Festival Passport program. Bring a Clan stamp for the kids!

Should you consider hosting a tent, we strongly urge you to stay over for Sunday when a more relaxed atmosphere allows time for discussion with visitors and meeting with other clan groups.

Once you complete your application:

  • Your application will be reviewed by our Clans & Heritage Committee
  • You will be sent an email including your confirmation/approval and a link to pay for your Clan registration.
  • Follow the link to pay and you're all set!

We are putting our Clan registration on our ticketing site like our other registrations and applications. 

If you would like to walk with your clan during programming, we recommend getting in touch with the clan tent organizer.

If there is no clan tent and you still wish to represent your clan, get in touch with our Clans & Heritage committee, [email protected]

Best Clan Trophy Winners

2022
Donnachaidh

2022 Donnachaidh

2019
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2019 Gray
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2018
Fraser

2018 Fraser

2017
Logan

2017 Logan

Clan Dignitaries Attending

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Our Honoured Chieftain for 2024
Chief Rupert C. Irving of Bonshaw

Chief Rupert Christopher Irving of Bonshaw, Chief of the Name and Arms of Irving of Bonshaw and 20th Clan Chief was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, educated in England and spent a lot of his earlier life in Europe and the Middle East.  In his professional life, he had over 20 years in management consulting and prior to that, spent 15 years with two companies, working in client facing roles internationally and market broking appointments in the Lloyd’s of London and London International Insurance Markets.

In March 2021, the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Scotland confirmed his succession to his father as Chief of the Name & Arms of Irving of Bonshaw and Clan Chief, as direct descendant of William Irving of Bonshaw upon whom the honour was first conferred in the 1670s.

Heritage Theatre

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The Heritage Theatre hosts a variety of musical artists and activities throughout the weekend.

From Gaelic lessons, to pipers, to Jacobite readings, and more! The Performance Tent is the place to be to see, hear, and learn all about Scottish culture, heritage and pageantry.

Societies at the Festival

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Centre for Scottish Studies University of Guelph – College of Art

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The Ontario Genealogical Society: Ontario Ancestors

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Gaelic Society of Toronto

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The St Andrew’s Society of Toronto

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Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada

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Scottish Studies Foundation

Outdoor Displays

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Visit our outdoor displays area for a variety of wonderful demonstrations and displays!

Watch our Sheep Shearer demonstrations, learn about Blacksmithing and see it live, walk amongst the Jacobites in our Jacobite Encampment to see what those days were like, and don't forget to say hello to the Heilan Coos!

You'll be sure to see something incredible.

Craft Tent

Hundreds of thousands of Scots have emigrated to Canada since the late 18th century, seeking opportunities across the Atlantic. Settling throughout Canada, they brought with them many of the time honoured skills and crafts from the old country.

In our craft tent you can observe a number of the skills practiced by the women who had to experience the harsh environment of pioneers, but maintained skills learned from their ancestors.

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FAQ & General Info

General questions about Festival weekend?
Visit our General Information and FAQ’s page!

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