Edinburgh, Scotland / July 24-26, 2009
King Robert the Bruce walks forward from Edinburgh Castle to begin a magnificent pageant / drama that recounted the many elements of Scotland. It was the evening of July 26, and was the closing of The 2009 Gathering and Homecoming 2009. The evening's event followed a parade of the Clans up the Royal Mile from the Highland Games.
The Royal Mile parade was watched by Prince Charles and Camilla from Holyrood Palace.
A lady bagpiper from California, Prescindia McIntosh, entertained the crowds as a video crew filmed, and a merry group of Scots looked on.
In Paisley, Ayrshire: King Robert The Bruce and WWI soldiers are depicted in a monument to the men from Paisley who fought in the Great War. That's the entryway to Paisley Abbey on the right.
Charlestown harbor, when the tide is high, medium and low.
Vizi Bruce Lange and Sam Caldwell with their favorite Houston dining magazine, My Table. That's Holyrood Castle, the family residence when any of the Royals are in Edinburgh. In 2006, Caldwell fished the Crathie Beat on the River Dee across from Balmoral Castle, and did not observe the Queen waving back then. But, they're a busy family.
The lovely Elgin Hotel in Charlestown, our home when we're near Edinburgh and away from Texas.
Magnificent quarters, excellent food, great service and fine people. Tell Rob Wemys that Sam and Vizi sent you.
The Royal Color Guard exits the playing field after the the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay (Prince Charles and Camilla) opened The Gathering and Homecoming 2009 events.
To end The Gathering Sunday evening, a group of Bruce descendants form for the Royal Mile Parade: Vizi Bruce Lange, Charles, Lord Bruce; young Benedict Bruce; and the Honourable Adam Bruce.
Young Benedict led the Bruce contingent. As they marched the Royal Mile, the group constantly heard the chant of "Bruce! Bruce! Bruce!"
Lady Victoria Elgin, artist Sam Caldwell, Benedict Elgin and Lord Andrew Elgin. That's Caldwell's version of King Robert The Bruce in the background.
Above, musician extraordinaire Tubhard Wilson of Clanadonia visits with longtime friend Andrew Elgin. For a sample of Clanadonia's music at The Gathering, go to
Below, a photo Sam Caldwell found on exhibit in Paisley Abbey. The WWI soldier is listed as Major James Caldwell, School of Sniping.
Jane and Duncan Westerlea. Duncan is the Paisley Clan Chief. He allowed Sam Caldwell and Vizi Bruce Lange, members of the Paisley septs, to join the Paisley Clan. Ayrshire was the ancient home of the Caldwells and Langs.
Scotland offers visual treats at every turn.
Gathering and Homecoming 2009: this was the finale of an incredible performance at Edinburgh Castle, enjoyed by thousands of Scots from around the world.