Christy MacLeod, Young MacLeods 2006 & Young MacLeods Leader 2010

Born Christina MacLeod, I was not a MacLeod until the summer of 2006. Yes, I had been to US and North American clan gatherings; yes, I owned tartan; and yes, I could recognize at least one Scottish country dance tune (Mrs MacLeod’s Reel), but my recognition of my own MacLeod heritage ended at being known as Colonel Bill MacLeod from Michigan’s grand-daughter.

In the summer of 2006, I participated in the Young MacLeods program and came to understand what it means to be a MacLeod. This invaluable experience for young MacLeods, who are at least 18 years old, has been supported by the Clan since 1965, and through my own participation, I understand its importance. Whether it was digging and moving rocks on the Millenium Path in Lewis and Harris, exploring the natural beauty and history of the area, or bonding over beers, Young MacLeods has taught me that being a MacLeod is not entirely about the Scottish blood (great or small) in our veins, but rather it is about creating an international community.

Rebekah Cutshall, NRG 2018

2018 MacLeod Parliament was the most unforgettable two weeks of my life! Working at Dunvegan Castle and exploring beautiful places in Scotland were the highlights for me. It was a truly unique experience meeting so many relatives from all over the world.

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