Five Sisters of Kintail, Scotland - MacLennan homeland

Southern Alps near Fairlie

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Hamilton Caledonian Pipeband wears the MacLennan tartan

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Welcome to Clan MacLennan New Zealand. Our Clan genealogy pages for New Zealand have probably the best coverage of any region in the world – with roots going back to Scotland and elsewhere. The evidence for the work include official record citations, certificates, headstones and much more. We have good coverage of the McLennans who migrated from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to Waipu (and surrounds). Access to the on-line Clan database is available simply by joining the Clan association – please click on “Membership application” on this page.

We attend Highland Gatherings in different parts of NZ, our Facebook page is a place to connect with other Clan members.

A feature coming up will be the 2018 Highland Gathering in Inverness, Scotland.  Some NZ members have already indicated they plan to attend. To find out more, please click on the menu item.

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Our aims are to:

  • assist clanfolk to better understand their heritage and
  •  to assist each other to research family ancestors.


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Clan MacLennan Tartan & Crested Goods for sale:
Visit Ross McClennan’s Scots Corner:

Some New Zealand McLennans:

Professor Ian McLennan –

Chris McLennan Photography –

Edward Duncan McLennan – Killed at Gallipoli – see also Clan database record for Edward Duncan

Duncan McLennan and family memorials at Papakura – see also Clan database record for Duncan McLennan 1810-1898

Stewart Bell McLennan – see also Clan database record for Stewart Bell McLennan


Recent events:

28th January 2017 – 153rd Turakina Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. Join us in the Clans March at 12.30 am. (more at )

11th February 2017, 9am to 9pm – Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo – at the Paeroa Domain – come and meet us at our Clan tent (more at ) – join us in the Parade at 11.00 am.

30 January 2016 – 152nd Turakina Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent (more at )

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In August 1991 descendants of Murdoch & Mary McLennan held a reunion at Pounawea - find more in Clan Genealogy database - ID number i4441 -

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MacLennan township, Catlins, in 1924

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George McLennan 1882-1939 from of Hukarere on the rugged west coast of NZ south island with his mother Ruth. His father, John McLennan, had been born in Killearnan parish, Ross-shire in 1830. After he had married Ruth Fairhall in 1881, he became a carter supplying the Blackwater and Alexander goldmining townships with general freight. He was later appointed Postmaster at Hukarere a position he held until he died in 1917, when his son Allan McLennan took over. John McLennan is ID number i4388 in our Clan database - Click:

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The 'early settler's home' of Donald McLennan and Mrs McLennan - with Mrs McLennan in the doorway [Pullar]' from the book by Ian Church, 'Blueskin Days' - not far north of Dunedin.
Donald McLennan is ID number i22352 in our Clan genealogy database - to find out more, click:

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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

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MacLennan disused railway station, Catlins

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The (former) township of MacLennan in the Catlins was created when the railway arrived in 1915. The main reason was the timber operation in the area. It was named for pioneer Murdoch & Mary McLennan who lived further inland. Murdoch is ID number i4441 in our Clan database at The railway line closed in the 1970s.

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Murdoch and Mary McLennan headstone at Wyndham cemetery, Southland - after whom the McLennan Mountain range (and more) is named. Founders of a dynasty. See ID number i4441 in the Clan database at

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A new book is available in the Clan genealogy “Histories”. In 1860 James & Margaret McLennan arrived into Dunedin on the “Pladda” - a noble ship of 2000 tons burden whose lofty spars had more the appearance of a man-of-war than an emigrant ship. One of their children had died on the voyage, their remaining two children within six weeks of landing. Six more children were born in New Zealand: George H McLennan (1861), Agnes Oram McLennan (1863), James McLennan (1865), William McLennan (1868), Margaret McLennan (1871), and Charles McLennan (1873). Two of James’ brothers and one sister migrated to Victoria: William McLennan (1821), David McLennan (1836), and Margaret McLennan (1824). All the siblings born in Perthshire. James in 1826. Click here – – to go to James McLennan’s page in our Genealogy section – ID number i3868