Kintail, Scotland - MacLennan homeland

Melbourne City Pipe Band wears the MacLennan tartan

Portree, Isle of Skye

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Winners of inaugural Ruairidh MacLennan of MacLennan piping award

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Carol Davis, Chief's Commissioner

Carol Davis                       
Chief’s Commissioner

Welcome to Clan MacLennan Australia.

Ceud mìle fàilte – it is with much pleasure that we welcome you.
Whether you’re curious about your family history or searching for Clan history and events, we trust you’ll find the answers here.  Be sure to say hello at our Clan tent if you’re visiting one of the many Highland Gatherings we attend around Australia. You’re most welcome to join us at Clan events and regular event updates can be found on this website and our Facebook page.
If your interest is family history, our Clan genealogy pages are a place where your ancestors can be properly recorded for posterity.  We already have over 37,000 individuals in our Clan database – with roots going back to Scotland and elsewhere. It  includes photos, official record citations, certificates, headstones and much more.   For a modest annual membership fee you’ll receive a Clan membership certificate, quarterly newsletters with local and worldwide Clan news and you’ll be granted member only access to the on-line Clan  genealogy database.  – to learn more click on the “Membership application” link on this page. We look forward to welcoming you!

Join Upcoming events:            

Saturday 11th November 2017 Informal Sydney Gathering & Dinner 5.30pm  Roseville Club, Pacific Hwy, Roseville NSW
“Throw the sheep” for young and older kids starts at 5.30. Please complete and return the Booking form (Click to open) by 26 October.

Sunday 19th November 2017 12 noon:  Clan Picnic and Petanque competition  Woodlands Park, Essendon, Victoria (enter from Winifred Street). BYO picnic lunch & picnic chairs.  Afternoon tea provided. Join us for a relaxed family afternoon

Saturday 30th December 2017 6.30 for 7pm:  Clan MacLennan & Clan Cameron Hogmanay Celebration!  THE NIGHT BEFORE NEW YEAR’S EVE!  Venue:  MCC Bowls Club, Swinburne Avenue, Hawthorn, Vic  Dance to the music of acclaimed musicians Matthew Robertson and David South  Adults $15.00 each  Child 6-14 yrs $7.00  Child under 5 free   Book early  –  last year’s event sold out!  To book –  email or phone Patsy McLennan (03) 9379 2425    *Bring a plate of finger food for a shared supper.  Drinks at bowls club member prices.  Sorry, no BYO alcohol permitted.

Saturday 3rd March 2018 10.00am  –  Bendigo Scots Day Out, Rosalind Park, Bendigo Victoria  Entry is free  Join us at 9.45am  for the Grand Parade of Clans.  Assemble in View Street. Our Clan tent will be located in the picturesque Rosalind Park under the shade of the giant elm trees. Come and say hello and don’t forget to wear your tartan! The Clan shop will be open.   More information at the Bendigo Scots Day Out website.

Saturday 7th April 2018  Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW  Join us for the  parade of Clans at 9.00am – look for the MacLennan banner.  More information about the festival and evening ceilidh at the Bundanoon is Brigadoon website. Book your accommodation & ceilidh tickets early!   Meet Clan Genealogist, Bruce McLennan at the clan tent.

31st May to 3rd June 2018  –  Re-union and Bonnie Wingham Festival Wingham, NSW  – Clan MacLennan will be the Clan of Honour in 2018  Re-union dinner on 31 May, Genealogy Day, Bus Tour of Clan haunts, etc. Click on menu item Bonnie Wingham 2018 Re-union

4th – 8th July 2018  –  Clan MacLennan Worldwide Gathering in Inverness, Scotland   Join clansfolk from Australia and around the world in celebration of our shared Clan heritage.  A large group of Australians with Mac/McLennan family links will be travelling  to the Worldwide Clan Gathering in Inverness, Scotland from 4th-8th July 2018, hosted by  Chief Ruairidh MacLennan of MacLennan and the Scotland Association. To find out more, please click on the menu item “2018 Gathering

Join us:

Our Clan Association was formed in 1978 and we have one of the largest memberships of our Clan in the world. Our aims are to:

  • Acknowledge in practice the spirit of our ancient motto: “Dum Spiro Spero” (While I breathe I hope)
  • Promote interest in the Clan and foster a spirit of kin and fellowship.
  • Maintain contact with members.
  • Collect and preserve the Clan’s history and traditions.
  • Assist members tracing their family tree.
  • Keep contact with Clan Associations throughout the World. (Presently Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK/Scotland and U.S.A.)
  • To achieve these aims we publish an interesting and informative newsletter three times a year, and we hold three clan gatherings each year in Victoria and one in Sydney and attend a number of Highland Gathering events around Australia. Financial membership also provides access to our extensive Mac/McLennan family history database. We are happy to provide further information and welcome applications for membership.



Chief’s Commissioner Australia & President: Carol Davis – email:

Vice President: David McLennan – email:

Secretary: Patsy McLennan, 13 Lamart Street, Strathmore, Victoria, 3041 Australia
– email: Phone: +61 (0)3 9379 2425

Treasurer: Geoff McLennan, 34 Hornsby Street, Maldon, Victoria, 3463 Australia
– email: Phone: +61 (0)3 5475 2092

Newsletter Editor: Carol Davis – email:

Clan MacLennan Tartan & Crested Goods for sale:
(See Newsletter) Contact Bob McLennan, 13 Lamart Street, Strathmore. Vic 3041 – email: Phone: +61 (0)3 9379 2425

Genealogy: Bruce McLennan – email:

Instagram: clanmaclennan_au Tag: #clanmaclennan_au

Facebook:  Clan MacLennan Australia


Newsletters from the former New South Wales Clan MacLennan Association are available: Click here

Grafton Assoc: Click here to find out about the Grafton, NSW Clan MacLennan Association

Past events:

Sunday 2nd July 2017 at 10.45am service begins at 11.00am Kirkin ‘O the Tartan service
The Scots’ Church, Cnr. Russell & Collins Street, Melbourne. The service commemorates the repeal of the Act of Proscription on 1st July 1782 which in 1746 had banned, amongst other things, the ‘wearing of Highland garb’ i.e. tartan. We encourage you to proudly wear your MacLennan tartan to the service.   All welcome!

Sunday 18th June, 2017 at 12 noon Clan MacLennan Australia AGM & Ceilidh 
BYO shared lunch.  A short AGM will be followed by an afternoon of entertainment. Venue:  MCC Bowls Club, 19/23 Swinburne Ave, Hawthorn VIC 3122  *NB:  This is a new venue this year

Sunday 4th June 2017 – Bonnie Wingham, NSW – Clan Tent, Parade and Ball – Join us in the Parade or just visit our tent. North Coast NSW McLennans especially welcome. More at

Sunday 26 March 2017 – Ringwood Highland Gathering. East Ringwood Sportsground, Cnr Mt Dandenong & Dublin Rds, East Ringwood, Vic.

Saturday 1 April 2017 – Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW. Please join us for the Parade – arrive early and meet at the Clan tent before 8.45. Clan goods will be on sale. ACT McLennans especially welcome. Goes ahead rain or shine. More at

Please make a booking to join our table at the Bundanoon Ceilidh, Bundanoon Hall, 7.30-12.00 – $50pp by cheque, postal order or EFT to Helene Jessop, PO Box 3169, Exeter 2579 – specify “MacLennan table”. Programme of entertainment included. Please see – sold out

Saturday 11 February 2017 – Scots Day Out Highland Gathering, Bendigo, Vic. Come and visit us at the Clan tent and join us in the parade. Don’t forget to wear some MacLennan tartan! More at

Sunday 20 November 2016 at 12.00 noon – Essendon Christmas Picnic and Jn. & Snr Petanque Competition – a fun family afternoon – Woodlands Park, Essendon, Victoria. Enter via Winifred Street. BYO picnic lunch, chairs & coffee mug. Afternoon tea provided. We have the use of indoor facilities so we can accommodate all weather conditions.

Friday 30 December 2016 at 7.00 pm – Hawthorn, Vic **THE NIGHT BEFORE NEW YEAR’S EVE** – Clan MacLennan/Clan Cameron Hogmanay Celebration – MCC Bowls Club, 23 Swinburne Avenue, Hawthorn, Victoria. Traditional Scottish ceilidh music with with renowned musicians, fiddler Matthew Robertson and David South on accordion. Piper and address to the Haggis ceremony. Wear your tartan! **Early Bird Special if you book by 9th December. Drinks at bowls club member prices. NB: No BYO. **Seats are limited – book ASAP to ensure you secure a ticket. To book email or phone Patsy McLennan (03) 9379 2425

Saturday 5 November 2016 – Sydney annual Informal Gathering, Roseville Club, Pacific Hwy. 6.00 for 6.30pm – Click here to book: Booking form

Sunday 19 June 2016 – AGM & Ceilidh – 1pm, Malvern Bowls Club, 14 Coonil Cres, Malvern Vic. BYO shared lunch. Afternoon tea provided.

Saturday 18 June 2016 – Scotttish Festival / Gathering – St Leonard’s Park, Miller Street, North Sydney. Parade at 9.00. Come and see us at our Clan tent.

Thursday 26 May 2016 – Wingham Genealogy Fair – come and hear to talk about our Clan (Brochure)

Saturday 28 May 2016 – Bonnie Wingham Clan Tent, Parade and Ball – Join us in the Parade or just visit our tent (Brochure)

Saturday 9 April 2016 – Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW. Please join us for the Parade. Arrive early and meet at the Clan tent before 9.00. Clan goods will be on sale at this next Gathering. ACT McLennans especially welcome. Goes ahead rain or shine. More at

3 April 2016 – Ringwood Highland Games, Vic. Join us for the Parade and meet us at our Clan tent. This will be the last Ringwood Games. More in Clan newsletter.

25 & 26 March 2016 – Maclean Highland Gathering, NSW. More at

Hogmanay Celebration 30 December 2015 – Enjoy a family night of live music, dancing, Haggis! – MCC Bowls Clubrooms, 34 Glen Street, Hawthorn, Victoria. 7.30. Not BYO licenced. Bring a plate of supper to share.

Family Picnic & Genealogy Day 15 November 2015, Woodlands Park House, 32 Winifred Street, Essendon (Melbourne) 12 noon – 5pm

Sydney annual Informal Gathering 7 November 2015, Roseville Club, Pacific Highway 6.30 for 7.00pm – Booking form

Kirkin ‘O the Tartan service 5 July 2015 -The Scots’ Church, Collins Street, Melbourne at 11.00am

Ceilidh and annual meeting Malvern Bowling Club 21 June 2015

Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW – 11 April 2015

Maclean Highland Gathering, NSW 3-4 April 2015

Ringwood Highland Games, Vic – 29 March 2015.

Sunday 30th November 2014 from 11.30am – Clan Picnic and the popular Jnr. & Snr. Petanque championship. BYO lunch. We have the use of the cottage if the sun isn’t shining! Venue: Woodville Park, Essendon. Melways: 28 F1 **Special guest Bruce McLennan, clan genealogist, will be available to help you to trace your ancestors. Don’t forget to bring copies of any records you have such as births, death, marriage and baptisms and photos if you have them.

Sunday 16th November 2014– The Scottish ‘Fling’ Festival at the Immigration Museum of Victoria, 400 Flinders Street Melbourne 10am – 4.00pm.
Click here for more about the Clan World Gathering July 2014

Clan MacLennan Australia

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Some wonderful memories of the 2009 Homecoming. Felt so proud marching up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle lead by our Chief Ruairidh.
Make your own memories. Stop thinking about being in Scotland for the Inverness 2018 Gathering, go ahead and do it. You only live once!

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Scots Day Out shared a photo to Clan MacLennan Australia's timeline.

Seven weeks to go ... watch out for our first countdown newsletter next week as we begin announcements on new additions and favourites in program from Saturday 3 March and news of our Australian premieres of Edinburgh Short Film Festival highlights the previous evening.

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Don't miss out on being at the worldwide Clan Gathering 2018 in Inverness 4-8th July. Share in the joy of shared experiences with your clansfolk and of making friendships that will last a lifetime. If a trip to Scotland is on your bucket list then don't put it off any longer. See you in Inverness!!

These photos are just a few memories from 2014 Gathering.
Photos by Gael Colliguet and are subject to copyright.

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Clan MacLennan & friends dancing to the music of Matthew Robertson and David South at MCC Bowls Club, Hogmanay 2017.

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Another fantastic Hogmanay celebration!

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The BordererS from Scotland & Ireland are coming to Melbourne for one night only to perform at: The Quiet Man Irish Pub on New Year’s Eve.

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Clan MacLennan Australia wishes a very merry Christmas to each and every one of you and your loved ones. May your Christmas be filled with love, laughter and happiness.

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