Review of Clan Video by James E. Fargo, FSA Scot
The 1994 clan video, "History of the Clan Donnachaidh", produced by Dan Robertson, a member of our Upper Mid-West Branch, is an excellent video. Dan has done a superb job of capturing the flavor of our history and kept the 73 minute tape interesting and very informative.
I enjoyed seeing several of our own Mid-Atlantic Branch members in the video: Don Robertson talking to award winning movie star Cliff Robertson at the 1993 Centenary Dinner and Vice President Evan Duncan dancing the night away at the Centenary Ball at Blair Castle.
The Parent Society's solicitor, Colin Liddell, is to be congratulated for having found a new calling as a narrator while he was successfully completing the fund raising campaign to build the addition to the Clan Museum Centre which opened in April 1995.
To a historical purist (like yours truly), there are a few minor errors that need correction. The battle of Methven is reported as having occurred in 1307 instead of 1306, and our 6th chief, William, is reported as being beheaded at Tulliemet in April 1516. Fortunately for our 6th Chief, it was his cousin, William MacPatrick Robertson who was beheaded by the Earl of Atholl's men. The latter is a common enough mistake that has been incorrectly reported by many Scottish historians due to the similarity of the names. These minor corrections most certainly do not detract from the overall effect which is absolutely excellent.
The narrative was well written and the photography is great! Overall, I heartily endorse this video and I think it is a "must" for every clanfolk's video library. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Dan and his crew for their efforts and for taking the initiative to attempt this well done production. The way YOU can thank Dan Robertson is by ordering a copy of this video as a gift for someone or just for yourself, as I did.
To order, send a check for $46.95 (shipping included) to:
24260 Graver Ln.
Tel. (630) 961-5733
Fax. (630) 961-0817
Email: Dan Robertson