• A Warm Welcome
  • Congratulations
  • Ross Maitland
  • The Mail Bag
  • Corrie Maitland
  • Clare Maitland of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • The Hunter Valley Grammar School
  • The Deputy Chief
  • A Heritage House
  • Cock a Leekie Soup
  • Our Next Meeting
  • Our Annual General Meeting

The next (Summer) newsletter is customarily deferred until after the annual general meeting (in the hope that we might have a new office bearer or two. Accordingly this newsletter is used to convey the hearty good wishes, of your Chief and Australian Committee, for a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2000. Hopefully our members living in or visiting Sydney will join us for our Christmas Dinner.


Happily, of late, we have been able to welcome a new member in our newsletters, and this is no exception. So we extend a warm welcome to Mrs. Alison Guthrie of Hornsby Heights, NSW.


Recently three new small members of the Clan arrived and congratulations are sent to David and Leanne Cooper of Mudgee on the birth of their daughter Georgie. to Rod and Elizabeth (neé Maitland) Charman of Hornsby Heights on the birth of their second son, Andrew James; and to James and Janine Maitland of W.A. on their becoming proud parents of Lauren Emily.

Congratulations to Ross Maitland of Barmedman, NSW for his R.S.L. Award

Ross Maitland (left) was awarded the Gold life Membership Badge by President of Barmedman sub Branch Don Lawrence middle). In the absence of the President of the South Western District Councillor, Graham Stewart, the Life Membership Certificate was presented by Reg Batcup OAM.


Corrie Maitland of Mundaring W.A

Corrie is challenging Malcolm Maitland for the title of the Clan’s best correspondent. "Since my last letter I have sold my pharmacy business and retired, it is just wonderful ! Ian and I spent three and a half months in the U.K. from May until August, of course * we visited Thirlestane Castle and could see a vast improvement since we visited the first time about 15 years ago. The guided tour given by the Friends of Thirlestane was very interesting, as were the kitchen and laundry areas which were not open last time. The Toy Museum is also very well known, they even had an area where visiting children could dress up and play with a few select items, apparently the children who visit don't want to leave. We actually visited on the day the Queen was opening the Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh was very busy.

Ian and I bought a 1978MGB GT to drive around in as this is our interest in Australia, and we attended a few MG events in England, as well as enjoying driving around in a sports car, particularly in Scotland. We drove from Edinburgh up to Aberdeen and then on to Kemnay a small village where Ian’s rate great grandfather William Maitland lived with his family. William operated the general store and post office and is buried by the mort house in the Kemnay churchyard. We were given a very interesting walking tour of the village by Duncan Downie who is a member of the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Family History Society, also the author of "Tales O'the Masters... A history of Kemnay School", as well as being the local undertaker! Duncan and his wife made us most welcome and showed us William Maitland’s first shop, the smaller one across the road where he ran the Post Office in later years, and also Ashley House, the home where he raised his family, as well as the Kemnay school; William Maitland was on the first School Board. We have no relative they there now which was disappointing.

Ian and I have bought a caravan and have done several short trips, place to the south west of our state and then two weeks ago we went north as far as Kalbarrt to see the wild flowers. Next year we are hoping to travel north to Exmouth and Broome to avoid the Perth, a very popular pastime with retirees. Then we hope to travel to the Eastern States at some time after that.

Well I think that is about all our news. I will be in touch if there is any news from the west. Our next major event is our son Cameron’s wedding on 5 March 2000.

Clare Maitland of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

I hope the clan is thriving well and growing. I have enclosed our latest newsletter and a copy of Maitland history’ from the web page. We are having our gathering on I and 2 October in Ottawa. Thirty people plan to attend.

Thank you for your letters and, as seen, your articles have appeared in ours. It is still difficult to get members to write about themselves.

Temperatures are beginning to drop as we move into autumn. In your case it is getting warmer for you. I hope not too hot. I wish you and the clan best wishes for the millennium,

The Hunter Valley Grammar School

The school, at East Maitland, N.S.W., which has the Chief's special approval to wear the Clan tartan as its uniform, recently celebrated its 10th birthday. In the period its student enrolment has grown from a few dozen to more than 700, and appropriate congratulations were sent from the Clan.


John and Heather Maitland of St. Ives, N.S.W. wrote to the Chief, sending him a CD made by the Senior Choir at Barker College, Hornsby, N.S.W. (son Duncan is in his final year and is a member of the choir), and received this happy response by the Deputy Chief:

‘Many thanks indeed for your kind letter to my father and for the CD. I am replying on his behalf because he is now taking life more gently than in the past, and also because I have a CD player, and particularly enjoy choral music.

"The Choral Society and the Senior Choir are particularly attractive, and I was especially impressed by the rendering of Psalm 23. So often this is a sugary rendering of the Scots metrical psalm, but Rutter’s version is both moving and majestic. Zadok the Priest is also a lovely work. Many congratulations on the CD.

"1 hope this letter arrives in time for your next Clan meeting so that you can send everyone my greetings. As you will see from the footer to this letter, we now have a web site which is regularly updated with the most recent newsletters from Australia, North America and the UK, as well as links to new reference material as it becomes available. If people can send me their email addresses, I can then keep them up to date with new developments.

The Master of Lauderdale
Viscount Maitland
Phone and Fax INT.+44. 171-834 5685
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Looking through the advertisements for houses which he could not possibly afford your author's attention was caught by the attached full page given over to 'Maitland House’ at Palm Beach.

Evelyn Duncan neé Maitland - Sir Herbert Maitland’s grand-daughter) was prevai1ed upon to provide this history of the house, for which she has a romantic attachment. In 1952, whilst staying in the house, she met her future husband Peter Duncan, whose family had a week-ender in Iluka Road on Pittwater


This distinctive sandstone house, situated at the junction of Palm Beach and Pacific Roads for many years belonged to the medical Maitland family.

Originally named "Lethington" (after William Maitland of Lethington, Chief Adviser to Mary Queen of Scots), it, along with its neighbour, "Sunrise Cottage" on

The second house in the area is believed to have been built in 1912, on a high site at the junction of Barrenjoey and Palm Beach Roads for a Mr. A.C.Greenfield.

According to the Certificate of Title, Henry- Austin Wilshire( not Wiltshire, as recorded elsewhere), purchased the land opposite "Sunrise Cottage" from the Barrenjoey Land Company in 1913, and built his home, which in 1922 he sold to Lady Maitland, wife of Sir Herbert Lethington Maitland, eminent Sydney surgeon. The original house was demolished and in its stead the Maitlands built a ‘Californian bungalow’ style home, popular at the time, with most of the sandstone being quarried from the site itself’

Sir Herbert died in 1923, before the house was completed, but Lady Maitland (who later became Lady French when she married Sir Frederick French, Commodore of the P & 0 Line’) continued to enjoy the weekender until her death, when their son, Dr. Geoffrey Maitland, a radiologist, began to use the house as a family weekender and then as permanent home until his death in 1977.

Sadly the home was sold in 1978. Although the exterior remains mostly unaltered, some would agree that it has lost part of its "Californian bungalow" charm, with the original timber and rippled obscurity glass windows on the verandah being replaced by those of tinted, full-length, toughened glass. No doubt this is of benefit to the occupants as it allows them uninterrupted views, privacy and a low-noise level at what is now a busy intersection.

In 1978 the new owners re-named the home "Maitland House". The Maitland family felt that this was indeed a tribute to Herbert Lethington Maitland, who was first Patron of the Palm Beach Surf Club, a staunch kinsman of the Maitland Clan, and one so well-loved my so many for his generous contribution to society, particularly the sick and underprivileged.


Your author would like to give you a ball-to-ball description of the recent Clan day at the Waterhouse gardens but, alas, he did not even make it, having been struck down by some horrible virus. Sadly, others were also afflicted. However, Doreen McClelland saved the day, being strongly supported by a family contingent-well done, Doreen!

Genuine Scottish Fare From Chef Maitland

Cock a Leekie Soup

Ingredients: 1 chicken (with its giblets),1 onion, chopped. 2 litres stock or water, 6 leeks, sliced, 50g long-grain rice, I carrot, grated; l teaspoon salt. To serve 1 tablespoon fresh parsley. chopped.

Method: Place the chicken giblets and onion in a large pan. Add stock or water and bring to the boil Cover and simmer for about 1.5 hours until the chicken is tender. Remove and discard the giblets and onion, skim off any scum, and take out the chicken and remove the meat from the bones. Discard the carcass. Return the meat to the stock, add the leeks, rice and grated carrot. Bring back to the boil, cover and simmer for a further 30 minutes

Season to taste, and sprinkle with parsley and serve with crusty bread


Our next social activity in Sydney is our Christmas Dinner which is invariably a success. While you arc on a good thing stick to it, so it is our now customary location

The separate cottage at ‘Carey Cottage’, Ferry Street, Hunters Hill1.
The date is Friday 3 December
The time is 6.30 for 7.00
Please make an effort to join us, and telephone
Ann Cooper or Dorothy Maitland by 1 December to say that you will be there


Thursday, 10 February is the date, 7.45 p.m. is the time, and the place is Ann and Howard Cooper’s home at 15 Joseph Street, Lane Cove, where you'll enjoy also a tasty supper.


This will follow the meeting and, as all positions are vacant, nominations are requested. The closing date for them to reach the Secretary is 31 January.