Clan Crawford Events & Participation in National Scottish Events

This part of the website is dedicated to presenting Scottish and clan events that are particularly significant to us as a House and Clan. They include our participation in 2006 in the XXVIIth International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences in Saint Andrews, the 2009 Gathering in Edinburgh where the Association hosted a Crawford tent, and the 2014 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. Accompanying the second two events Craufurdland organized, under the auspices of the Clan Crawford Association, Homecoming Tours to Crawford sites. In 2008 and 2010 Joanne attended two further International Congresses of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences in Quebec (2008) and Stuttgart (2010). She presented papers at all three conventions on Crawford history, genealogy, Y-DNA, and one year the paper was on the Bannatyne Mazer. Further, in 2009 Raymond and Joanne attended, representing the House of Crawford, the meeting of Heads of Clans held in Edinburgh during the 2009 Gathering; it was sponsored by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. In the fall of 2013, a memorial was held to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. Robin and Georgina with Alex and Christine Craufurd represented Crawfords at the event.

The entries in this tab area are in chronological order. The first is from the 2006 Congress. The second corresponds to a 2008 play by our Crafoord cousins commemorating the departure from Federate around 1600 of their ancestors to serve as mercenary soldiers for the King of Sweden. This area is being built over time, so come back to it. If anyone has any pictures or information that they think are particularly pertinent, please send them to Joanne [jcrawfordphd@sbcglobal.net ]. We'd like this tab to include photos by many Crawfords. So if you have any that are representative of these events please share them with us.


Reception in St. Andrews (2006) during the XXVIIth International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences. Raymond Crawfurd off to the right of the photo in conversation with two gentlemen. The one in the tabard (left) is David Lumsden, Garioch Pursuivant to the Countess of Mar, a private herald. The other is Niall Livingstone (right), Baron of the Bachuill, and Chief of Clan Maclea. The Bachuill is the polished stick he is holding. It is the remains of the crozier which belonged to St. Moluag and is over 1500 years old. Livingstone, as the Baron of the Bachuill, is the crozier's keeper.


In 2008 our Swedish cousins shared with us this cartoon depiction of their 1991 celebration of their family's Fedderate origins by going back to an incident called the "uproar". Subsequently two cousins Alexander and Jacob Krafort (an unusual spelling of Crawford, but not uncommon in that day) departed to serve as mercenary soldiers for the King of Sweden. They stayed in Sweden and Jacob Johan's descendants now number over 300.


The Crawford tent at the 2009 Gathering. Raymond Crawfurd (right) is within the tent looking to the side and in conversation with someone off the photo. His brother Julian Crawfurd is to the left.


The 2009 Homecoming Crawford Tour participants taking it easy on the lawn beside Crosbie House. It was a relaxed group. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour organized by Alex and Simon of Craufurdland.


Sir Robert ("Robin") Craufurd and wife Georgina Craufurd (2009) visiting the ruins of Loudoun Castle during the Crawford Homecoming tour.


Terry and wife in the ruins of Dunfirmline Palace during the Homecoming Tour of 2009. Malcolm Canmore built Dunfirmline Palace for his Queen Margaret in the 11th century. It was a favourite residence of many Scottish monarchs. It was used as a royal residence until mid 1600s. All that remains of the palace today is the kitchen, its cellars, and the impressive south wall.


On September 9, 2013 Robin and Georgina Craufurd, accompanied by Alex Craufurd of Craufurdland and his wife Christine, represented the clan at a commemorative event for the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. Flodden saw the demise of thousands of Scots. It decimated "the flower of Scotland"; most every major Scottish family lost members, including Crawfords. On September 9, 1513, several Crawfords lost their lives including Robert Crawford, Laird of Auchenames, William Crawford of Ferme, John Crawford of Hirsell and Robert Crawford, Master of Kilbirny. Above the commemorative wall.


Crawfords all lined up for the Grand March down the hill from Stirling Castle to the parade grounds at the base of the town. It was held on the Friday before the Saturday and Sunday Bannockburn anniversary event, which was held on the grounds of The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre.


The Crawford tent in the clan area at the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, June 14, 2014.


Brian Crawford with family (Clarissa, Brian, Winston, Lisha and Randall) on the grounds of Dunfirmline Abbey next to the thorn tree where Margaret Crauford, mother of Sir William Wallace is supposedly buried. The two people on the far right are from the media. They were making a video and interviewing the participants on the Craufurdland tour about their views on Scottish Independence. It was a few days before the referendum. Our own Bruce Crawford, MSP, headed up the preparatory organization.


Bruce Crawford, MSP (CCA honorary member), and Joanne Crawford, Acting CCA President, at the reenactment of the Battle of Bannockburn.


Georgina Craufurd, wife of Sir Robert (Robin) spearheaded the effort to restore an old Craufurdland family banner and encase it in a table-top perspex case to honor the memory of Peter Houison Craufurd, previous laird of Craufurdland. It is presented above in its new casing. Over time the stitching around the edge has shrunk. The banner bears the arms of Craufurdland. The CCA endorsed this effort, whose cost was generously covered by the Craufurds, by contributions from members of the 2014 Crawford Tour, the CCA membership, and the Association. This is the memorial the CCA ultimately chose to honor Peter Houison Craufurd who died on 17th September 2012. Craufurdland had Robin and Georgina as guests at a dinner at the Castle on 21st November 2015 to thank them and all who had contributed for the gift.