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The games were set up by the Hororata Community Trust to help support community activities and rebuild the town after the September 2010 Christchurch earthquake. Find out more.
The Highland Games are said to predate the Greek Olympics and to have originated in Ireland around 2000 BC. The games crossed the water to Scotland with the fourth and fifth century migrations of the Scotti into Dalriada (Argyll) and beyond.
In their current form, the games are a unique mixture of cultural, social and sporting events. In those early days though the gatherings were essentially 'war games' designed to select the best warriors in each family tribe or clan.
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In the latter part of the 18th century, Highland Societies began forming, and in 1781 the first society Gathering was held at Falkirk. This successful venture led to the Gathering of the Clans and the Highland Games as we know them today. By the end of the 1820s, games were once again being held throughout Scotland.
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