The home of our Society is the old Church at Duthil, close to Grantown-on-Spey. This imposing listed building has been renovated by the Society and is used as a Clan Centre and Museum. Important and valuable weapons and artifacts of the Clan are held in storage by the National Museums of Scotland, and we have begun to display some of these items in the Centre. A stronger membership will ensure that these pieces of our heritage can be viewed by everybody.
History of the Clan Centre
It was a landmark day in 1986 for the Clan Grant Society when the then owner, Gerald Brandon-Bravo from Whitebridge, gave Duthil Church to the Clan Grant Society. In 1993 the building was handed over to a Trust which had been established both as a registered charity and as a company limited by guarantee (Scottish Company Number: SC144748). Recent changes in Charity Law in Scotland have made provision for a class of charity called a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, (SCIO), providing the same safeguards as Company status has afforded to us without some of the accounting and other administrative burdens.
The trust has been succesful in being granted SCIO Status, so with effect from 14 February 2014 we are no longer a Company governed by the Companies` Act. We are now officially known as:
Clan Grant Centre Trust [SCIO] with Scottish Charity number: SC021615
In its early days the church was in the diocese of Elgin Cathedral. The first Presbyterian minister was Andrew Henderson who was ordained in 1625. The present building was erected in 1826. The last sermon in public worship in the church was made by one of our Past Members, the Rev. G.V.R. (Jim) Grant MA. In the church grounds are two mausolea where some of the Clan Chiefs are buried.
The building is set in the midst of the Clan territories and there is some reason to suppose it may have been founded by our Patriarch Olav Hemingsson himself, probably shortly after 1060. The original dedication is to St Peter and the name Duthil for the area may well refer to St Dubhthac (to whom also the chapel at Rothiemurchus is dedicated).
Development of the Centre
The first idea was to develop the building as a museum. It was then decided to use it as a Clan Centre and has regularly hosted events including drinks parties and the Society AGM in August.
There are several projects still on going to improve both the fabric and interior of the centre further. Inside, two glass display cabinets dedicated to the Métis and the Cherokees have recently been installed by the Chief and Judy, as well as many paintings, photos and other Clan memorabilia displayed on the walls.
If you would like to help or support the development of the Clan Grant Centre at Duthil, please contact the Society in the first instance via our contact form.