Here is the Homecoming Scotland 2009 Ancestral and Heritage Event Guide taken from their website www.homecomingscotland2009.c0m
I chose these events as it would more of an interest to the family historian and genealogist.
Ancestral and Heritage Events in 2009 at a glance:
You may be planning to come home to Scotland to research your family history, or your attachment to Scotland may be emotional rather than simply genetic. Whatever your relationship, 2009 is the year to visit with some 300 festivals and events signed up to participate in Scotland’s year of Homecoming! Within the packed programme, there’s a wealth of ancestral-related events ranging from clan gatherings to heritage themes and explorations of how Scots abroad have shaped their countries and communities.
Read on for a wee taste......This is Who We Are Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dumfries, Jan 24 – Nov 2009 This photographic exhibition demonstrates the strong influence of Scots abroad when they travelled and named 1000 Canadian towns after their homeland.
Famous Scots Edinburgh, Jan 26 – Dec 31In 2009, a series of exhibitions will illustrate the results of genealogical research into the family histories of six famous living Scots.
Scottish Tides Polish SpringPerth, February 1 – April 30Celebrate the comings and goings of Scots and Poles through the centuries through theatre, music and visual art.
.The Scottish Family History Fair and SAFHS Conference Aberdeen, April 25This event will appeal to anyone interested in their Scottish roots, whether they are experienced genealogists or have yet to start researching their family history.
.Meet Your Ancestors in Clackmannanshirethroughout Clackmannanshire, June 1 – Nov 30 (TBC)Discover your roots and meet some of the people who helped to shape Clackmannanshire.
Return to the RidingsScottish Borders, June 1 – 8 AugustHomecoming year extends the invitation to Border Scots throughout the world to return to their Ridings.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor. Routes to your Scottish Roots Stirling, Jun 19 - 21A family history conference that focuses on Stirling records and sources but which contains information and tips that could equally be applicable anywhere in the world.
A Home Away from Home: The Scottish Emigration Experience Edinburgh, Jun 26 – Oct 11Follow the experiences of the ordinary Scots who over the centuries left their homeland to find a better life abroad.
Dumfries Family History Homecoming Fair Dumfries, June 27Exploring local heritage with a day of stalls, heritage groups, talks and a local library and archive service.
North East Clan Fortnight Aberdeen City and Shire, July18 – August 3A unique programme of Homecoming celebrations in the North East, including conferences and clan gatherings.
International Genealogy Festival Glasgow, July 21 - 24A celebration of Scots Genealogy, Family History and Heraldry with a major exhibition, lectures, historic walks and visits and much more!
The Gathering 2009Edinburgh, July 25 - 26Be a part of history; join clan members from around the world to witness Scotland's largest ever Highland Games in the inspiring Holyrood Park.
The Scottish Diaspora Forum Edinburgh, July 25The first Scottish Diaspora Forum, held in the Scottish Parliament, will explore the rich potential of the global Scots family.
The Clan Ross Gathering Tain, 12 – 13 AugustRosses from home and abroad are invited to meet with Chief David Ross of Ross and Balnagown and immerse themselves in the culture and heritage of Ross.
Island Emigrants – Conference on Emigration from the Outer Hebrides Isle of Harris, 10 – 12 SeptemberMeet with islanders and descendants of emigrants from the Hebrides to all parts of the world over the last 250 years.
Clan Scott Society Gathering Scottish Borders, 24 – 27 SeptemberThe first ever international gathering of Clan Scott at its ancestral home, Bowhill, in the Scottish Borders.
Angus and Dundee Roots Festival Angus and Dundee, 26 September – 5 OctoberA packed programme for people whose ancestors came from Angus and Dundee to visit and find out more about their ancestral homeland.
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of RunningLoch Ness, 4 OctoberAs part of Homecoming Scotland 2009 the Marathon and Festival of Running is introducing a Clan Challenge. For more details, contact Rachel Phillips.
Highland Homecoming – ur beatha dhan dùthaich!Inverness, 15 – 31 October 2009
One of the highlights of the Highlands' contribution to the Homecoming Scotland celebrations takes the form of a fortnight-long series of events that will explore and celebrate the way Scots have shaped countries and communities around the world.
A major event of Highland Homecoming is ‘Scotland's Global Impact’, a three-day conference to be held in Inverness between 22-4 October 2009 that will bring together prominent academics, historians and other experts to throw new light on the impact of movement to and from our country.
Appealing to anyone with an interest in Scottish ancestry and the global role Scots have played in shaping our world, the conference themes include a focus on early migration patterns to and from Scotland, as well as assessing the trends in contemporary population movement; examining our ancestors’ desire to travel from Scotland to North America, Australia, New Zealand and beyond; and looking at the role of the Scots in the military at home and abroad from the 17th to 19th centuries.
Hear about the peoples who made Scotland, and contrast this with our current migration patterns. Discover the connected lives and legends of Abraham Lincoln and Robert Burns. Explore the long distance relationships Scotland holds with New Zealand and Australia. And hear how Scottish soldiers have contributed to campaigns both fighting for their own territory and for that of their allies. Visit www.scotlandsglobalimpact.com now to find out more and to register your interest.Featuring speakers including Professor Ted Cowan, Professor Tom Devine, Professor Jim Hunter, Professor John Mackenzie and Dr Tony Pollard.