Are you interested in attending the 2018 Merrilees International Gathering in Chicago?
Registration deadline is 15th January 2018
Currently we have fewer than 30 people who have either committed to coming or who have expressed an interest
in attending. The Chiefians have agreed we need a minimum of 50 attendees to make the gathering work and to
make it worthwhile for people to attend.
Please direct your family members to the gathering page
to sign up, and please indicate for yourself that you are committed to attend by 15th January 2018, so we can achieve
the critical mass of 50 attendees.
If we do not have 50 members who are committed to attending, we will reschedule the event for another year.
We hope to see you in Chicago in June 2018.
It's Finally Here!!!
5th International Gathering
15-17th June 2018
The next Merrilees International Gathering will be held on 15, 16, & 17th June, 2018 in Chicago during the
Chicago Highland Games.
The event organizers are Mike Mirrilees (Clan Chief) and Iain Mirrilees (Mid-Western USA Chieftain).
Both reside in Chicago, so will be able to provide a lot of local knowledge.
A hospitality suite will be made available throughout the gathering at The Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel in Itasca,
Illinois. Itasca is a suburb to the west of Chicago which is easily accessible by train within 40 minutes. The
Highland Games are also held on site at the Hamilton Lakes. The games will be entertaining for both adults and children.
Chicago is also a fun city to visit for those that will come early or stay over. Museums, restaurants, micro breweries,
and architectural tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
More details can be found here
August 2016 - New Clan Chief
Dear Clan Members,
It is a great honor and privilege to be selected by our Chieftains to continue Chief Bob Merrilees'
term as Clan Chief. I look forward to working hard to promote the sharing of our history, genealogy and
friendship between our members.
We need to grow and increase involvement and you can help. Each of our Chieftains will be reaching out
to known members in their respective geographies for contact information. We are also looking for members
to write web site articles and to share ideas as to where our next International Gathering should be.
Please be willing to share your family email contacts, ideas for who in your family could fit into a story
column called "someone you should know" or be willing to share a story about their significant happenings.
Don't forget to include yourself as a potential person of topic, life stories are very precious.
We would also love to hear about where you would like to experience the next International Gathering to
be in 2018 and what dates or time of year would be best.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org,
your chieftain or me anytime that you wish to share your thoughts! We look forward to hearing from each of you.
Good on Ya!
Mike - email@example.com
May 2013 - Latest International Gathering
The 4th international gathering was a beautiful Alaskan cruise, attended by 50 MFA members from around
the world. Glacier Bay was a highlight for most who attended.
Click here for more details
Places of Interest ...
Merrylees Cottages - Scotland
This row of stone cottages is all that remains of the 12th century West Lothian estate of Henri de Merleis, as recorded
in the Staffordshire Pipe Scrolls in 1170. They are situated between Linlithgow and Edinburgh on the corner of the A904 Bo'ness
- Queensferry Road and the B9109 leading to Blackness and overlook rolling green fields stretching down to the Firth of Forth.
The original name of the estate Myrge Laese - meaning 'pleasant pasture' in the Old English of the day - was a very apt
Click here for more details
Stanley Park's Merilees Trail - Canada
Western Canada Chieftain, Bill Merilees, says one of Vancouver's best known land marks, has a "Merilees Trail" named
after his uncle, Harold Merilees, who was a dedicated and active participant in community affairs earning him the
unofficial title "Mr. Vancouver".
Click here for more details
Order your Merrilees Tartan
We are very excited to inform you that DC Dalgleish of Selkirk Mills (Scotland) will now allow our
MFA members to buy Merrilees tartan directly. They are the weavers that we started with in 1998.
Click here to order your Merrilees tartan and tartan products.
Search for the Merrilees tartan section. Merrilees Modern colors and Meg Merrilees tartan are the same except
for the width of the tartan. Several Merrilees tartan weights are also available and comes
in two widths.
If you want a kilt, they can make it for you or you can order the tartan and have it made elsewhere.
Keep in mind that a kilt requires 4 yards of material at 70 mm wide, or 8 yards if half that.
If you want tartan but can't make the minimum order,
please email Clan Chief Mike Mirrilees
who will place a combined order.
A regular family newsletter that can be distributed via email, loaded on the website, and linked from Merrilees Family Association
If you want to join the distribution list please contact us with your email address, name, city & country.
If you have an idea or information for an article please contact us too.
We are looking for interesting Merrilees photos from the International Gatherings that are appropriate to put on the website.
Send via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or upload to the MFA Facebook page
. There are albums already set up for each
Please include a comment with the photo eg where, when, & who.