Here in the northern hemisphere, days are now getting longer than nights and, in Europe, daylight saving comes into effect this weekend (a couple of weeks behind North America), lengthening daylight in the evenings even more. With longer days and better weather (we hope), outdoor events for the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 are getting under way.

Tartan Day Scotland 2014

Tartan Day is celebrated around the world and marks the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath at Arbroath Abbey on 6th April 1320. Many consider that this historical occasion sowed the seeds of modern day democracy and the document was used as a basis for the American Declaration of Independence. On the 6th, there will be a medieval encampment in the Abbey grounds where visitors will be able to enjoy various craft demonstrations including calligraphy, a working forge, medieval combat and juggling. At 12.30, massed Angus Pipe Bands will lead a parade from Arbroath’s Kirk Square to the Abbey.

Also taking place on Sunday 6 April is Angus Heritage’s Tayroots Family History Day in the Webster Memorial Theatre, 64 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1AW, from 10am to 4.30pm, admission free. TVFHS is one of the organisations which will have a stand. There are also a number of talks for which places should be booked in advance – for more details click here.

To celebrate Tartan Day, Angus Council has arranged a festival of events from 5th to 13th April, with a ceilidh on the 4th April, the eve of the festival. They take place indoors and outdoors. To find out more, go here or download a leaflet here

Digging Up Your Roots

Digging Up Your Roots is BBC Radio Scotland’s family history programme. It is to return during the Commonwealth Games (23rd July to 3rd August) with a one-off hour-long programme looking at the Scottish diaspora. We have received an email from the programme’s producer, Rhona Brudenell. She said:

I wonder if your Family History Society members can help please? We are looking to feature a number of stories of people who have researched their family history and uncovered interesting tales of Scots who left their homeland to seek new lives elsewhere (in particular for this programme to countries which are now part of the Commonwealth).  Or perhaps you have members who live overseas and their family history research brought them back here to Scotland? Either way, we would love to hear from you!

Her direct contact details are: Tel:   01224 384881; Email:  rhona.brudenell (at) (change (at) to @ and leave out spaces).

Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland

An offshoot of the popular BBC Television genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are? has  been the WDYTYA Live family history shows. As part of the Year of Homecoming celebrations, the event will take place outside London for the first time at the SECC in Glasgow from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st August, 2014. See where more details will appear.

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