Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Clan MacKinnon - Notice of Meeting

Clan MacKinnon of New Brunswick

268 Sewell Street, Fredericton, NB E3A 3G6

14 September 2010

Dear Members:

As you know Clan MacKinnon of New Brunswick has been going through a difficult time over the last
couple of years. We held an emergency meeting on the 20 of June 2009 with over 20 members present,
and at this meeting a unanimous motion was passed stating that Clan MacKinnon of New Brunswick
would continue as an organization. Unfortunately that is where things ended; we have been trying very
hard to have an election of officers since that last meeting. I am sad to report we have been unable to
find individuals to fill two key Executive positions. A few of our current executive team have served the
organization for a number of years and are ready to move on. This it is making it very difficult to conduct
the day to day business of Clan Mackinnon of New Brunswick: We have no recent newsletter, we did not
have a Clan Tent at the New Brunswick Highland Games, nor have we invoiced anyone their 2010-11
membership as we were unsure if the organization was going to continue.

I am happy to report we just might have found a breath of fresh air. Recently a meeting was held where
Treasurer Burton Carlisle, Membership Secretary Ardean MacKinnon, and I the Inter-president were
present to discuss what we were going to do. Also present at this meeting were Andrew MacKinnon and
Colin MacKinnon, members who were invited to attend and enter into the discussion on the future of Clan
MacKinnon of New Brunswick.

I am happy to report that Andrew is willing to allow his name to stand for President of Clan MacKinnon.
We have decided to merge the Membership Secretary and Recording Secretary together for at least a
one year period and Ardean will let her name stand for that position for one year. We are now looking for
a person to take on the positions of Vice-president and Treasurer.

We also discussed if the time has come to expand the area that Clan MacKinnon of New Brunswick
covers. The MacKinnon experience throughout Atlantic Canada is so intertwined that this seems to be a
logical step moving forward. This expansion will mean a name change to Clan MacKinnon Atlantic, and a
preliminary website has been established that can be reached at
All present agreed that we do not currently have the interest, support, or population in New Brunswick to
continue and survive. Our membership is not increasing and without members we do not have an
adequate revenue base or enough volunteers. With that said, if we want to breathe life back into this
society we need to reorganize and restructure.

We will be holding a General Meeting of Clan MacKinnon of New Brunswick on October 16th, 2010 at
1:00 the Governor’s Room at the Crown Plaza. At this meeting we will be discussing all of these
issues and we will be asking you, our membership, for your feedback. Together we will make a decision
on how to proceed. We have a number of suggestions that we will present to interested members who
attend, and we hope that the meeting will have a good turn out from you our members. We look forward
to seeing you there.

Thank you,

Dan Taylor

Clan MacKinnon of New Brunswick

268 Sewell Street, Fredericton, NB E3A 3G6

Notice of Meeting

Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

Governor’s Room, Crowne Plaza Fredericton
Lord Beaverbrook
659 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB

1:00 p.m cash lunch from hotel menu

2:00 p.m. General Meeting

(see letter for items to be discussed)

Those members planning to attend, please confirm by calling 472-2871
or email…….

MacKinnon Pass, New Zealand

MacKinnon's make an impact wherever we go, and from the earliest emigrations MacKinnons have been making their way to every part of the world that was available to them.  One of these 19th century emigrants was Quintin MacKinnon, a man who would make his name in the early European explorations of New Zealand.

Quintin was born in Scotland in 1851, but soon became restless.   Before he reached the age of 20, he had already volunteered to fight for French army during the brief Franco-Prussian War in 1870.  After the French surrender, Quintin did not tarry long in Scotland before emigrating from his native Argyll to Otago New Zealand.  There he became a surveyor, and performed a number of exploratory expeditions, particularly in the vicinity of Lake Te Anau (Maori for 'cave of swirling waters').

He is best known for being the first European, along with  Ernest Mitchell, to travel overland from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound.  The Maori had been using the trail there for generations, and today it is known as the Milford track, with the tallest point named in Quintin's honour, MacKinnon Pass.  Quintin made his living giving guided tours of the Milford track, as well as being the government mail carrier between Milford Sound and Lake Te Anau.   The duration of the trip was reduced to six days after much effort on Quintin's part to expand and develop the trail.  On November 29th 1892, Quintin boarded a boat to cross Lake Te Anau before making yet another of his routine trips, but his boat never arrived.  A search expedition was organized, but his body was never found, only the remain of the wrecked vessel.

The Gaelic Society of New Zealand, along with Quintin's friend Thomas MacKenzie began raising money to build a memorial cairn, and in 1914 it was erected at MacKinnon Pass.  Today over 14,000 people each year make their way across the Milford track, the trail the Quintin loved.

Photo by Henry Work.  Quintin MacKinnon Statue, plaque reads:

Quintin MacKinnon
In 1888
MacKinnon and Ernest Mitchell
were the first Europeans
to travel overland from
Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound

Their route became the world famous
-Milford Track-

Photo by randomruth.  Quintin MacKinnon Memorial Cairn
The Inscription reads:

By the Gaelic Society of N.Z. and
the Otago Rugby Football Union
Assisted by the Government
In Honour of
Quintin MacKinnon
Who discovered this pass in 1888 and
Who in 1892 drowned in Lake Te Anau

Photo by wehardy.  "View from MacKinnon Saddle down into the Arthur Valley towards Quintin Lodge"

Quintin MacKinnon was a true Victorian in the sense that he liked to spell his name in various ways!  He occasionally spelled his first name Quintin, Quinten, and Quinton.  He alternatively spelled his last name MacKinnon, McKinnon, Mackinnon, and Mckinnon.

*September 15th, 2010 - Update* MacKinnon Pass has been added to the MacKinnon Map.