The Clan

Clans

Clans

Courtesy of Davy Tolmie of the Scottish and Proud Facebook group

The Clan
“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.

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What clans and septs are in my novel DARK BIRTHRIGHT?

Adams
Adieson
Atkinson
Barrie
Birnie
Boyd
Connor
Cormoch
Crombie
Cumming
Davies
Deans
Drake
Duff
Fittie
Galt
Garrick
Garriock
Geddes
Gilroy
Gordon
Hawthorne
Hay
Jamison
Laing
MacNeil
MacPherso
MacVey
Madison
Malcolm
Marr
McFarlein
McFay
McKay
McLennan
McLeod
Mills
Milne
Morris
Murdock
Murray
Pratt
Quinlan
Ross
Suttie
Troup
Watt
West

More clans in DARK LORD and DARK DESTINY

Read about it at:

http://www.DarkBirthrightSaga.com

More on Scottish clans at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_clan

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