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:

July 4 – 8, 2018 – Worldwide Clan MacLennan Gathering, Inverness, Scotland –

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

August 3rd & 4th, 2018 at Maxville ON – Glengarry Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

August 10th – 12th, 2018 at Fergus ON – 73rd Fergus Scottish Festival – 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

Join us:

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.

To join us please click Join now! – the PDF form may go to your download folder

To renew your subscription, please go to our PayPal link page.






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 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 )

July 14th – 15th,  2017 at Kincardine ON – 40th Cambridge 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 )

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

August 2016 – 71st Fergus Highland Games

Adele M McLennan

1 week 20 hours ago

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

Adele M McLennan

1 week 1 day ago

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

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.

For more info and booking form go to

Adele M McLennan

1 week 4 days ago

As always the up to date version of the programme is on the 2018 Gathering website -

The booking form reflects the latest programme changes.

Adele M McLennan

1 week 4 days ago

Adele M McLennan

1 week 5 days ago

Attn Members: apparently there has been an update on the Gathering. Please check this link for new information.

Sheila Hepburn-Maclennan - if there is anything new would you please advise. Many members come here for their news.

Clan MacLennan 2018 Gathering Programme
(Updated as of 06/01/18)

A Warm Welcome is extended to one and all 👋🏻

We will once again be using The Beaufort Hotel in Inverness as our base;
📍11 Culduthie Road Inverness IV2 4AG.
☎️ 01463 222897.

Rooms are available at the hotel at a discounted rate. Please contact the hotel directly, and mention that you are part of the Maclennan Clan to secure a room.

❗️ If anyone has any questions on any of the events taking place or any other questions please contact our Secretary;

🔹 Wednesday 4th July:

Genealogy day: 09.30am - 4.00pm
Beaufort Hotel: Hosted by Bruce MacLennan with celebrity speakers.
For further details regarding this event please contact Bruce directly at
Morning and afternoon teas and coffees will be provided.
Lunch will be at your own cost.

🔹 Thursday 5th July:

Highland Archives Tour: 12.00pm - 4.00pm
For those who wish to further their Ancestry Research The Highland Archives have set aside an afternoon tour to show us what the archives have to offer. There will be relevant material for Clan MacLennan to be viewed in the archive search room. They will have a case study showing the different types of archive material and how they were accessed. Their staff will be there to help and advise anyone who has any questions.
The Highland Archive Centre is in a fairly central location and is an attractive 15-30minute walk from the Beaufort Hotel.
The address is Bught Road, Inverness IV3 5SS

1.00pm - 4.00pm
An afternoon where you may wish to further your own research;
A one on one session on unlocking your family research. This will NO longer be at either the Hotel or the Highland Archives. The venue is still to be arranged. There will be NO FEE for this and it will be OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Please bring along any queries you may have.
a. You will need to Contact Bruce Directly for more information.

Registration Opens: 5.00pm at the Beaufort Hotel
An opportunity to collect your name badge, confirm bookings, pay for any of the events if you have not already done so. (All events must be paid in advance of event) .Tickets can be collected at this time. Browse our clan shop “Scotclans “which will be set up for the next few days and off course receive a Very Warm Welcome from the Scottish Committee.
A bar/dinner is available at the Hotel at your own cost.

7.30pm Informal Quiz

🔹 Friday 6th July:

Clan Parliament 10.00-12.30pm
Inverness Town House
Civil Reception 12.30pm-1.30pm
Free afternoon
Ceilidh at Dores Village Hall 6.00pm-11.30pm
6.00pm: Bus Departs Beaufort Hotel for Dores stopping at Tesco supermarket for anyone wishing to purchase refreshments. No beverages will be sold at the hall.
6.30pm: Dores Inn for photo shoot and drinks (at own cost) Walk up to Dores Hall.
7.30pm: Ceilidh in Dores Hall.
11.30pm: Bus departs Dores to return to Beaufort Hotel.
Dress Code Tartan informal

Cost for Ceilidh and Supper;
Adult £30.00
Child £15.00

🔹 Saturday 7thh July:

10.00am-4.00pm Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore.
10.00 am Bus Departs from Beaufort Hotel. Discover a living history museum set in stunning surroundings, where you can step back in time to experience over 250 years of Highland history.
Special tour of Blackhouse Village featured in the series Outlander.
This Includes the Bus and Donation to get in.
We will also be organising to have a meal there which will incur an additional cost.
Please indicate if you are interested in booking a meal as we will need to inform the Museum of numbers.
There is lots to do there and plenty of free time to do as you wish.

Adult £25.00
Child £10.00

Formal Dinner Beaufort Hotel
7.00pm - 11.00pm

Adult £50.00
Child £25.00

An Evening of Piping, Speeches, Entertainment, delicious food and friendship.
Dress Code Black Tie

🔹 Sunday 8th July:

11.00am-1.00pm: Church Service. Ness Bank Church followed by Tea and Coffee downstairs ☕️

1.30pm-3.00pm: Farewell Speeches at Beaufort Hotel followed by Buffet Lunch 🍽
Cost £15 p/p

Last opportunity to purchase from the Clan Shop 🛍

*The age for child price 16 years.

If anyone has any questions on any of the events taking place or any other questions please contact our Secretary;

If anyone is interested in visiting Eilean Donan Castle or indeed any other parts of the Highlands/Moray before or after our gathering our Chairman Alistair MacLennan is happy to advise additional excursions/tours. Please contact him directly;

Adele M McLennan

3 years 6 months ago

To all members:
Please note the information for the 2018 Gathering:

The info below includes updates about the MacLennan family-sharing site - for family research:

Our Clan has developed a genealogy research facility - a place where members of Clan associations around the world can share research and documents for the long term history of our Clan. This facility was released at the Clan Parliament at the Inverness Town House in July 2014. Access is available to subscribers to Clan associations.
For those who are interesting in contributing their family tree to the database, please contact Bruce McLennan:


HELP NEEDED: “MacLennan Research” on-line
The Canadian Clan newsletter in Dec 2011 announced a worldwide project to build up a web-based genealogy resource for future generations. Since then, work has been going on steadily collecting, verifying, and inputting eligible MacLennans/McLennans from Scotland and other parts of the world. We have information on MacLennans leaving Scotland for Canada but we now need to tie them to the families here. The project co-ordinator, Bruce McLennan, is looking for Canadian helpers who are willing to be trained in how to make the entries. Training is not difficult but time is required to learn to enter the data and supporting evidence so it is done in a consistent way. Warning: It could be addictive! If you are interested to help with this project, please contact Bruce McLennan at:



To create a worldwide presence for Clan MacLennan.
To communicate information to a broad range of people on a regular basis about Clan happenings on a regional 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

Politicizing, rude language, snide remarks, name calling, and personal attacks are not tolerated on the page or against its members. If you have a political rant, please take it to a more appropriate group.

Adele M McLennan

2 weeks 4 days ago

Attention to all members who are planning to attend the Gathering in Inverness this summer. We encourage you to book a spot for the Clan Genealogy Day.

Join us at the Clan Genealogy Day - July 4, 2018

We have a wide range of speakers and topics lined up for the Genealogy Day at the start of our Gathering - Wednesday July 4.

First up will be Keynote Speaker, Neil McLennan, Scottish historian, educator and author. Neil is a sought-after speaker who has a regular column in the “History Scotland” magazine and has been President Scottish Association of Teachers of History.

Neil won the Royal Society of Edinburgh Henry Duncan Medal in Social Sciences, Education, Business and Public Sector for 2012-13 for “outstanding contribution to civic society, creativity and social enterprise, education and the social sciences”.

What others say about Neil:
“Mr McLennan is already considered a charismatic visionary in Scottish education circles.” (Anne Simpson, Glasgow Herald, November 2011)
“Neil McLennan’s initiative has achieved an admirable combination of practical social enterprise, educational innovation and the development of active citizenship. That’s the kind of leadership we’re all seeking for Scottish education.” (Alex Wood, Holyrood Magazine, March 2012)

He has also has been:
Principal Teacher History
Curriculum Support Team Leader (History)
Young Scot of the Year 2011 (Institute of Contemporary Scotland)
General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland
Fellowship Councillor (Scotland) Royal Society of the Arts

He is a board director of Scottish College for Educational Leadership, Scottish Parent Teacher Council and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. His day job is Director of Leadership Programmes at University of Aberdeen.

To book your place at the Genealogy Day, go to the 2018 Gathering website and follow the link to the booking form -

Adele M McLennan

3 weeks 5 hours ago

To all clan members - wishing you a Happy & Health 2018!

Adele M McLennan

3 weeks 3 days ago

John Maclennan was born on the island of Scarp in 1926, the son of Duncan and Catriona Maclennan. His father (Donnchadh Aonghais Dhomhnaill) was a crofter I fisherman on Scarp. His mother was the daughter of John Macdonald (lain Chrola) from the small hamlet of Crola which was situated at the head of Loch Reasort on the Harris / Lewis border.
John attended Scarp school until he was twelve years of age, when he transferred to Sir E. Scott school in Tarbert. In those days children who transferred to Tarbert school from most areas of Harris had to stay in digs and were able to return home only at holidays. That must have been a daunting prospect for youngsters unaccustomed to living away from home. However, John must have coped well with the situation because after two years of study in Sir E. Scott School he transferred to Portree High School, where he completed his school education. During these years John was, in fact, following the route traversed by many others before and since: leaving their native island to gain education and never to return to live there.
On leaving school at the age of eighteen, John was 'called up' to serve in the Second World War. He served in the Royal Navy for two years, mainly as a coder in the Mediterranean.
On his return from war service, he entered Glasgow University where he studied History and Celtic Studies. He graduated with an Arts degree in these subjects in 1950.

For further info on John Maclennan, here is the link to the MacLennan family-sharing site