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In WEE BITS, in The Mag., thre's an article on the correct colour of Blue for The Saltire WELCOME to Find it in Scotland. The site's navigation menu Main Headings are down the left-hand panel. Click on these to see what's in each one. Some sections have a LOT in them.
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~ Scottish Names - the Clans and Families ~

Clan history can be a prickly subject...  Scottish names and the Clans's very difficult to authenticate a lot of the claims about Clan foundations

Many Scottish surnames are linked to Clans. Why?...

...During the 13th century, the Gaelic word for ‘children’ - "Clanna" -was more accurately translated as ‘family’ in the Scottish Highlands. A clan is basically a social group whose core comprises a number of families derived from, or accepted as being derived from, a common ancestor. Almost without exception, that core is accompanied by a further number of dependent and associated families who have either sought the protection of the clan at some point in history or have been tenants or vassals of its chief. That chief is owed allegiance by all members of the clan, but ancient tradition nevertheless states that ‘the Clan is above the Chief’.

  Although Gaelic has been supplanted by English in the Lowlands of Scotland for nearly a thousand years, it's an acceptable convention to refer to the great Lowland families, such as the Douglases, as Clans, (although the heads of certain families, e.g. Bruce, prefer not to use the term). The father’s clan was generally given allegiance, but Celtic tradition includes a strong element of descent through, and loyalty to, a mother’s line. In reality, the chief of a clan would ‘ingather’ any stranger – of whatever family – who possessed suitable skills, maintained his allegiance and, if required, adopted the clan surname.

  However, it's estimated currently that there are over 16,000 (spelling variations included) Scottish surnames, but fewer than 3,000 of these are of Highland origin and associated with Clans. The majority of Scots throughout history lived in the Lowlands and developed a culture which produced the bulk of Scotland’s genius, but without the glamour that is now associated with their Highland neighbours.


Jist a wee thrissle I maun be, but diina' ye daur sit on me!  But now to the Clans; this will be built up over time, till all known Clans are listed. Again, it won't be encyclopaedic - there are better folk have done this already - but will give a general view of the Clan, and reference to sites where you can find much more information. It will be alphabetic. AND we will add Clans that you request.  Use the CONTACT US link in the right-hand panel to e-mail. We would love to hear from you...

         The Clans & Families...


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jist a wee thrissle I maun be, but diina' ye daur sit on me!~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 



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