National Geographic : 1952 Jul
© National Geographic Society 93 Kodachlrome by Robert J. Reynolds Clan Chief Flora MacLeod Lands at Boreraig for a Skye Week Ceremony Each summer Scotland's "Misty Isle" calls its sons and daughters back for a home-coming celebration, festive Skye Week. Open house is the rule as families welcome returning kinsmen and friends. Many of the visitors are descendants of Skye emigrants. Islanders schedule a busy round of fairs, Highland games, and clan reunions. Annually during Skye Week officials pay a memorial visit to the site of a long-vanished piping school at Boreraig. There, centuries ago, the MacCrimmon family taught Highland youths to play the bagpipe, Scotland's national instrument. MacCrimmon sons served as hereditary pipers to the MacLeods, a clan which traces its ancestry back 1,000 years to the island's Norse settlers. Flora, Mrs. MacLeod of MacLeod, succeeded to the clan chieftainship after the death of her father in 1935. She is the first woman to hold the office. Here island leaders greet Mrs. MacLeod before marching to the school site. Bagpipers skirl a welcome. The launch brought the chief from her near-by ancestral home, Dunvegan Castle (page 96).