Clan MacKenzie History 1800-1900
Yet even as the Highlands were losing so many of its native people, a Celtic cultural revival was growing which sought to preserve the traditions of the Gaels and resurect their language. The Highland Society of London, which had been founded in 1778, had as its long-serving Secretary, until his death in 1802, John MacKenzie of Arcan. The "King's Jaunt" - the visit to Edinburgh of George IV in 1822, choreographed by Sir Walter Scott - created interest in clans & tartans, which was followed later in the century by Queen Victoria's discovery of the Highlands and purchase of Balmoral. The Gaelic Society of Inverness was founded in 1871 following correspondence in the Inverness newspapers carried on by, amongst others, three Mackenzies - including Alexander the clan historian who wrote as "Clachnacuddin" (hence his later nickname, "The Clach"). This stimulated the writing of clan histories (Alexander Mackenzie's history and the Findon Tables were both published in 1879) and the founding of clan societies (the first Clan MacKenzie Society was established in 1891). See Histories & Historians.