The Gathering 2019 is now organized, contracts signed and we are ready to present you with the details.

The Annual Gathering will be a 3 day event in historic Norfolk, VA. The host hotel is the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel. It is the only meeting and event hotel in historic Norfolk that sits directly on the water and offers sweeping views of the Elizabeth River. Walking access to all dining, cultural and entertainment venues is flat and easy.


The hotel was fully renovated in 2018 and features all modern facilities.
We have secured a fantastic rate of $134/night. This does not include breakfast, but that is available in the hotel staring at $15. Self parking is offered at $8 a day across the road from the hotel or valet at the hotel for $26 a day.


There are so many sites to visit within an easy 10 minute walk of the hotel that we cannot list them all. But they include the Nauticus, a maritime museum of the ages, the battleship USS Wisconsin (click for a 6 minute video) located adjacent to the Nauticus,  (General Douglas) MacArthur Museum, Town Point Park, harbor cruise ships. And the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum is a 10 minute ferry ride across the river from the dock at the hotel. The Chrysler Museum is a short distance away.

In addition, by wearing your Gathering name badge you will be eligible for significant discounts, up to 20%, at more than 20 restaurants in the immediate area, and to all the sights worth seeing in Norfolk.


There will be a harbor lunch and cruise on Friday afternoon on the Spirit of Norfolk. This is an additional option that will be available on the registration page when it is ready. It lasts 2 hours with lunch (see the menu). We will be picked at the Spirit dock (a 5 minute walk from the hotel) and delivered back there. The cruise is:

  • A narrated tour of The Elizabeth River where you get up close and personal with our military vessels;
  • Family friendly and fun interactive DJ;
  • Award winning Executive Chef team and Service;
  • Easy on and Easy off Deck 1 Guaranteed (Wheelchair and Walker accessible); and
  • A memory photo of the trip.

The fare is $50 per adult ($39 per child 12 and under) and is all inclusive of tour and lunch, other than drinks (click here for details). This is an optional item in addition to your registration. The cruise will not conflict with any other events in the Gathering. Click to register for the cruise. NOTE: food and drink cannot be brought onto the Spirit.


Several social activities have been planned.  starting on Thursday evening with the Chieftain’s reception at the hotel. This will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and of course, some bagpipe music.


Will highlight Scottish dancing. The band, Glasgow Kiss (click for details or video), and their caller will provide entertainment during the evening together with members of the Clan Gregor Scottish Band. Guest participation will be encouraged and welcomed.NOTE: food and drink cannot be brought into the ceilidh.

THE BANQUET: the banquet will be preceded by the David Daniel Magruder reception after which the Society’s Piper will lead the guests into the banquet hall. The banquet will be a formal banquet with all the trimmings including the Toast to the Haggis in Gaelic. There are choices for the meals and drinks.NOTE: food and drink cannot be brought into the banquet.



Register for Gathering soon Registration is not final so do not use it Hotel Reservation