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Clan Lamont descend on Historic Kilmun

Around 60 members of the Clan Lamont from across the globe were treated to a Scottish history lesson during a recent visit to Historic Kilmun in east Cowal.

Welcomed to the church museum venue by a piper, the party included Lamonts from Europe, Australia, the US as well as from across Scotland and England.

The Kirkin o the Tartan service was led by the Rev Tom Elsby and was followed with a stirring rendition of Scots Wha Hae on the water organ by renowned organist Philip Norris.

Historic Kilmun’s Dinah McDonald welcomed the group to the church and spoke about the historic rivalries between the Campbells and Lamonts. Bob Reid, who has researched the history of the Lamont Clan, also gave a brief historical presentation of the Lamont’s close ties to Cowal.

The tour party was then shown around by the enthusiastic guides and sat in the sun to eat soup, sandwiches and a wide selection of home-made cakes.

The immediate past president of the Clan Lamont Society John Lamont Black commented: “Our heartfelt thanks from the Clan Lamont Society for the informative visit to Kilmun. Thank you for the time and enthusiasm shown by your group in sharing with us Historic Kilmun and the Campbell mausoleum.

“You gave us a vivid insight into the complex history of the two clans in Cowal,” added John.