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Clan Sempill- discovering Scottish family heritage first-hand...

Hi, all- I am putting together a trip to Scotland with my 11yr old child. We are both fascinated by our family history and wish to explore further. As Semples (Sempills) here in the States, we naturally chose Scotland as our first destination. We figure to visit in July.

In researching, I have seen that Scottish clan gatherings are not uncommon. I have scoured for any hint of a gathering for clan Sempill, but so far- nada... nothing with which to solidify travel arrangements. I'm also looking at exploring areas that may be of significance to the Sempill clan's name. Maybe off the beaten path?

Any suggestions or pointers to clan Sempill festivals, events, or gatherings would be most helpful...


sent from a thing... on a tiny rock... in a vast space...


  • MishawaMishawa Member
    Hi and nice to meet another clan member here in the states!  My trip back into the Renfreshire area a few years ago was breathtaking. My suggestion is to visit Loch Winnoch and the clan grounds, the Sempill collegiate church that still stands along with contacting Lord Sempill, Jamie, as he has a tour in Edinburgh.  

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    Have you done any family genealogy?  I would love to compare notes if you have. 

    Enjoy your trip,

    Matt Sampley

  • ArtravelistArtravelist Member ✭✭✭
    edited April 2018
    Hi @bearbeatz

    You should definitely visit Craigievar Castle in Aberdeenshire. It is open to the public March to October. You can plan your visit here and find out more about its history at
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