Tunes associated with our Clan include:

Slow March – Loch Duich [1] Click to listen

Retreat – Loch Maree [2] Click to listen

Marches – Muir or Ord [3] Click to listen

MacLennan of Kintail Piobaireachd – MacLennans Return to Kintail

Note the Piper on our clan Crest – it reflects the importance piping has within the clan. The actual music selections available above are from  J P Johnson’s Bagpipes at Best (used with permission). Visit his site for a selection of literally hundreds of pipe tunes. Our Links area identifies pipe bands around the world that wear a MacLennan tartan. If you are interested in acquiring a CD recording, here are some suggestions:

  1.  Loch Duich is frequently recorded, often in a set with the slow march Loch Rannoch. A CD by The Queen’s Royal Pipers Journey Through Scotland ARC Music EUCD 1312
  2. Loch Maree – a CD recorded by The Black Watch 1st Btn. Majestic SCOTLAND BGS Productions Ltd. CDITV655
  3. Muir of Ord – a CD by various pipe bands, this recording by the Queens Own Highlanders The Bagpipes and Drums of Scotland – Parade of the Pipers with Eight Scottish Pipe Bands Delta Music Inc / Laserlight 12713


As death crept upon Pipe Major George S. McLennan, of Aberdeen, Scotland, claimed to be the champion piper of the world, he played his own lament on the bagpipes. Feeling himself, as he said, “slippin awa” he asked his elder son … Read more in our Clan database – Click here (member page).

Clan pipers include (ID number in Clan genealogy database):

Duncan Munro MacLENNAN, MBE 1904 – 1979 (i64656)

Lewis MacLENNAN 1912 – 1995 (i64644)

Pipe Major Alexander “Sandy” McLENNAN 1809 – 1896 (i2226) Widely respected military piper. Won the Prize Pipe of Inverness in 1857 and the Gold Medal in 1860.

Catherine McLennan daughter of Sandy 1857 – 1927 (i8022)  – Both Catherine and her husband taught piping in North Eastern Nova Scotia during the first two decades of the 20th century and they proved to be a major musical influence in Nova Scotia.

Pipe Major Donald “Mor” McLENNAN  abt 1810 (i59637)

Piper Donald Mor McLENNAN bef 1789 (i38148)

Master Piper Donald Ross McLENNAN, Scots Guards and Seaforth Highlanders 1901 – 1984 (i19639)

George McLENNAN 1816 – 1895 (i2826)

Pipe Major George Stewart McLENNAN, Gordon Highlanders, 1883 – 1929 (i11739) –  composed the clan tune “Cairns of Drumderfit”

John McLENNAN abt 1803 (i59268)

John McLENNAN abt 1817 (i2894)

Lewis McFarlane McLENNAN, Seaforth Highlanders, City of Melbourne Pipe Band, 1869 – 1947 (i9854)

Murdo McLENNAN 1825 – 1905 (i3786)