MacLennan homeland - Kintail, Scotland

Sculpture, Glengarry ON, Arrival by Ralph Sketch 1988

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– for details click on “2018 Gathering” on side menu

Melanie McLennan

Melanie McLennan
Chief’s Commissioner

Welcome to the Clan MacLennan Canada website. New members within Canada or who hail from all four corners of the globe with Canadian ties are welcome. Just click on “Membership application” to join.

Clan MacLennan members have been gathering formally for over 40 years in various regions of Canada. Today our focus is a national rather than regional one and we are pleased to be a part of the Clan MacLennan Worldwide brand. Our members attend Highland Gatherings in different parts of Canada  and our Facebook page is a place to connect with other Clan members.

We extend to you an invitation to be a part of the 2018 Clan MacLennan Worldwide Gathering in the highlands of Inverness, Scotland. A number of us recently attended in 2009 and 2014 and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time meeting and reuniting clansmen from all over the world. There are several Canadian members that have already indicated they plan to attend in 2018. To find out more, please click on the menu item “2018 Gathering“.

Our Clan genealogy pages are a place where your ancestors can be properly recorded for posterity.  We already have over 35,000 individuals in our Clan database – with roots going back to Scotland and elsewhere. Evidence for the relationships includes: official record citations, certificates, headstones and much more.  Clan members can contribute your ancestors to the collection. It’s our goal that as more people participate in the sharing of family information, more of our members will find the connections they are seeking in their family trees.  Access to the on-line Clan database is available simply by joining our Clan association – please click on “Membership application” link on this page.

The above banner includes an image from Kintail, the MacLennan homeland, on the west coast of Scotland.  The much-photographed “castle” was built in the 1920’s by a McRae family (with Canadian connections) on the ruins of an actual castle reduced to ruins in the Jacobite “Rising” of 1719 and related the Battle of Glenshiel. On the right-side the replica of the “Hector” which brought the first Scottish settlers to Pictou, NS in 1773 – on board were John McLennan and William McLennan.  John is ID number i26906 in our Clan database at On the far right, the church built at Belfast, PEI for Rev John McLennan in 1823.  Rev John not only christened and married early settlers on PEI but also on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. He is ID number i1433 in the Clan genealogy database.

Upcoming events:

This summer our Ontario-based executive will be present with our Clan tent at the following games:

June 17th,  2017 at Cobourg ON – 54th Cobourg Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

July 7th – 9th,  2017 at Kincardine ON – 18th Kincardine Scottish Scottish Festival and Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

July 14th – 15th,  2017 at Kincardine ON – 40th Cambridge Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

August 4th – 5th,  2017 at Maxville ON – 69th Glengarry Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

August 10th – 12th, 2017 at Guelph ON – Scottish North American Leadership Conference (more at )

August 11th – 13th, 2017 at Fergus ON – 72nd Fergus Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

As a member of the Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada (CASSOC) we would like to encourage our members to attend and participate in events activities across Canada. For an events list, please see

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The purposes of our endeavors are:

  • To create a national presence for Clan MacLennan Canada.
  • To communicate information to a broad range of people on a regular basis about Clan happenings and on a regional, provincial, national and worldwide level.
  • To provide a means for Clan members to communicate with each other regardless of distance.
  • To provide easy access to Clan history, both international and domestic, and an opportunity for members to seek and exchange family stories.

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Clan MacLennan Tartan & Crested Goods for sale:


Some Canadian McLennans:

Sir John Cunningham McLennan, PhD, FRS, OBE, KBE, Professor of Physics – Clan database ID number i9478

Senator John Stewart McLennan – Politician, Journalist, Businessman, Historian – Clan database ID number i21765

John Hugh McLennan, CC CQ, Author – Clan database ID number i63240

Lieutenant-Colonel Bartlett McLennan, Great War – killed at the Somme – Clan database ID number i21766

Rosie MacLennan, Canadian Olympic Athlete for Trampoline (

Recent events:

August 2016 – 71st Fergus Highland Games


Adele M McLennan

2 days 19 hours ago

Adele M McLennan shared Clan MacLennan Australia's post to the group: Clan MacLennan Canada.

Adele M McLennan

1 week 1 day ago

Here’s a story with Canada, Scotland, NZ and Aust interest!! Attached article tells the brief version of his attack.

Farquhar McLennan, a remarkable traveller (ID number i2888)
Farquhar McLennan was born at Arinacrinachd near Shiedaig, Applecross in 1816. Around the 1830s, with his parents Murdo McLennan and Catherine McBeath and his siblings, he migrated to Cape Breton. His mother was to die at Middle River in 1854 and the rest of the family joined the ships for Waipu in New Zealand. Just a few years later Farquhar and his sister Isabella sailed to New South Wales and became some of the very earliest settlers in the “Big Scrub” on the Richmond River, northern NSW. Many years later, in 1889, Farquhar was attacked with a sugar cane knife by another early settler there and was close to death. After this drama he decided to take a holiday back to Nova Scotia. But while he was there, in 1894, he died and was buried at Middle River cemetery. Read much more about the remarkable Farquhar in our Clan database at

Adele M McLennan

1 week 2 days ago

Congratulations to our hard-working Bruce McLennan!

Clan Webmaster Bruce McLennan was inducted at our AGM yesterday as a Life Member of Clan MacLennan Australia Inc. in recognition of his contribution to the Clan over many years. Congratulations Bruce!
Bruce is pictured with two other Life Members, Bob and Patsy McLennan. It's a rarefied Club - there are only 4 living members, the other one being Geoff McLennan.

Adele M McLennan

1 week 5 days ago

This photo is the MacLennan Community Hall at the MacLennan Road, MacLennan village, Algoma district, Ontario.

Malcolm McLennan 1832 - 1913 (Clan database ID number i27180) was one who lived there. We would be interested to hear more about Malcolm - famhist [at]

Adele M McLennan

1 week 6 days ago

Adele M McLennan shared Clan MacLennan NZ's photo to the group: Clan MacLennan Canada.

The McLennnan Memorial - The Run, Otago - inland from Papatowai, Otago - commemorates Murdoch & Mary McLennan for whom the McLennan Mountain Range is named - see ID number i444i in the Clan database at

Matt MacLennan

2 weeks 4 days ago

Tapadh leibh airson a' cur fàilte orm agus airson am buidhinn-Facebook!

Thank you for welcoming me and for the Facebook group!

Alistair MacLennan

2 weeks 5 days ago

Hi all, some folks were asking about the programme for the Gathering next year. it is as follows: Wed 4th Genealogy day; Thurs 5th: Genealogy AM, Highland Archive Centre PM; Fri 6th: Parliament AM, Free Afternoon, (possible Distillery visit), Ceilidh at Dores EVE; Sat 7th: Day trip to Dunrobin Castle, Formal Dinner EVE; Sun 8th Church Service AM, Farewell Lunch and goodbyes.

Alistair MacLennan

2 weeks 5 days ago

Alistair MacLennan shared his post to the group: Clan MacLennan Canada.

Adele M McLennan

3 weeks 19 hours ago

Adele M McLennan shared Got Kilt's post to the group: Clan MacLennan Canada.