The clan system of Scotland has ancient origins in the Celtic, Norman-French and Norse traditions, and can be traced back to a time when people lived off the land, and border disputes were a common occurrence.
The word ‘clan’ derives from the Gaelic word ‘clann’ or ‘clanna’ for children, and describes a close-knit group of relatives. However, you didn’t need to be related to be considered a part of the clan, in fact, anyone who pledged their allegiance to the clan chief could use the clan name as their own. and still are generally associated with a geographical area of Scotland, and often had ancestral castles.
Today, Scottish clans are celebrated across the world, including New Zealand with many keen to discover more about their roots and ancestral home. Clan names, tartans and crests are recorded by Lord Lyon for official recognition.
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