Courtesy of Davy Tolmie of the Scottish and Proud Facebook group
“Clann” in Gaelic means “children.” Thus, clans worked like an extended family, led by a protective father. In fact, a clan’s name was often formed by combining the chief’s ancestral name with “Mac,” meaning “son of.” Within most clans there are many septs (sub-clans with different names who also gave their allegiance to the clan and came under its protection. These unions were formed for political as much as familial reasons. The chief was responsible for protecting the clan and septs from their enemies, for settling disputes and for leading his men on the battlefield. In return, clansmen and their families accepted his authority over all the clan’s actions. The clan system went into decline following the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 and the Clearances which followed forcing many Highland Scots to flee to other countries including the USA, Canada and Australia. Today, long after the end of the ancient system, modern clans and societies are rekindling pride in family and heritage by proudly displaying their name with clan mottos, tartans, insignia and other identifying symbols at gatherings such as Highland Games and Celtic Festivals.
What clans and septs are in my novel DARK BIRTHRIGHT?
More clans in DARK LORD and DARK DESTINY
Read about it at:
More on Scottish clans at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_clan