Change is in the Air
Welcome to the newly designed quarterly MacLennan Clan
Newsletter. We are hoping to make this newsletter more about you the
readers. In this edition we are introducing a new format that will
include: the Editor's Corner, Membership, Caring & Sharing,
Tells Us, Clan News Around The World and an Events Calendar.
Many thanks from your new editor to our Membership
and Convener, Jennifer Young, for all her support, emails and "gentle
nagging" which kept me on track
Welcome to the "Family"
The McLennan family pictured below came all the way from
City and Apollo Beach, Fl, Little River, NC and Framingham, MA to have
their own family reunion in Stone Mountain, GA. They were surprised and
thrilled to have the opportunity to join the larger MacLennan clan that
From left to right back row:James Duncan McLennan (Jay)
William Alan McLennan (Bill) Lois Anne McLennan (Lois)
From left to right front row: Donna McLennan, Frank
McLennan and Joseph McLennan (Joey).
For any questions about membership please contact Jennifer Young
or write to her at:
Clan MacLennan Assn. USA
Jennifer Young, Membership
288 White Road
Portland, TN 37148
Caring & Sharing
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Sally Jo McLennan Truhlar who is
on the mend from knee replacement surgery. I know another McLennan who
had both knees replaced at one time! Maybe its something in the genes?
Seriously, Sally Jo is a trooper She emailed me the night before
surgery to offer some information for a future edition.
Murdo MacLennan November 16 2006
Gregory Cashman Dwyer (McLennan) December 13, 2006
Christine Farley February 26, 2007
Jerry Sellers MacLennan June 4th 2006
Kenneth Melvin Nelson December 15th 2006
Frank Lewis Ludeman January 31, 2007
Ann Farley January 27th
Patrick McKeon February 4th
Parnell MacLennan February 9th
Susan McLennan March 7th
Alexander Bever March 3th
Aislinn MacLennan March 29th
Contributions from Alexandre and Colleen McKeon
History Tells Us
There has been a great bit of discussion regarding the Mc and Mac
spelling in the beginning and ending of Scot and Irish Names such as
Mac,Mc, Mc . This was because of laziness primarily in the USA. This
occurred primarily because the children continued to live on the
Chief's lands and needed an identification. In some cases the son of
was added at the end - Donaldson, Robertson.
In Scotland and Nova Scotia names beginning with Mac
traditionally listed under the first letter of the last name. The US
lists them under M or the 1st letter of the last name. There are
however exceptions to this rule. Some families have an Irish/Scot
connection and Pict or Viking connection, example: Innes/ MacInnes. The
Innes families are of Pictal roots . The MacInnes families are of
Gaelic origin from the west coast.
Because of these above situations following the origin
names is very difficult and one must have a great deal of information
before making a wise decision
In the United States these changes came primarily from
takers. In Scotland up until the late 18th century the Scots were
Illiterate. Only the Chief and ministers could read. Most of the
commoners were not taught to read or write. During this time spelling
differences were trivial because most names came from the profession,
or country area, re: carpenter, riverbank.
It was not until 1948 that a written Gaelic Language
came about. This was when surnames were written for the first time.
In Scotland the practice in the South and Ireland was to
write two names as one, ex: MacGill/ Magill.
This is a brand new section submitted from Alexandre McKeon and Colleen
MacLennan from Colorado. In a wonderful fun way they have introduced
some materials for our youth and potential youth members to become
better acquainted with the whole concept of "clan" and a larger family
and our history. Congrats to them both for coming up with this idea.
Please print and share with your youth.
Click here to visit the Youth Pages
on the Mountain Region web site.
Sally Jo McLennan Truhlar has written that she has "a
of old letters, from the early and mid 1800's, written by Neill
McLennan, Sr.'s second daughter and his nephew to relatives in Florida
describing events in the McLennan Family in early Texas." "As you may,
or may not know, Neill McLennan was the first white settler of both
Walton County, Florida and McLennan County, Texas?."
Please add her to your Caring and Sharing
mental list as she had knee replacement surgery recently. Here's to a
speedy recovery, Sally.
In response to your request, Win has offered to research
write a piece on how the Logan and the MacLennan clans are related.
Not sure if you are a "Wikipedia" fan or not but the history of the
MacLennan clan is out there for the world to see. Wikipedia for those
of you who don't know, is a self-proclaimed, "free encyclopedia". Win,
you'll have to tell everyone if you think it is accurate or not!
As we start the year 2007, many new directions have been started for
Clan MacLennan Assn., USA. Inc. At our Annual General Meeting in
October 2006, the position of Treasurer/ Secretary was separated. Ms
Dale MacLennan Young was elected Treasurer. Her address: 288 White
Road, Portland, TN, 37148.
Letter from the President
Membership dues and applications should be sent to
Young as she is membership chairmen. Her address: 288 White Road,
Portland, TN, 37148
Also a new newsletter editor, Ms Lois McLennan, was
Any information for the newsletter should be forwarded to her at:
Also we have appointed Alexandre McKeon to put together
Youth Program to attract this age group to our association. She can be
reached at: DumSpiroSpero_1@msn.com
Many other suggestions were offered but it was the
the members in attendance that we really need to get these three items
in a secure operational mode before any more changes are made in 2007
Additional changes and appointments will be made at the next Annual
meeting in the fall of 2007.
With the changes made we should have a much better
the MacLennan name in the country and will increase their awareness to
One of our conveners, Jay Park has returned to military
and returned for another two year tour in Iraq. The Clan Association
wishes him Godspeed and safety while on tour.
Contributed by Win MacLennan, President
Clan News Around the World
Don't forget to keep in touch with Clan MacLennan Worldwide. The
website is full of interesting and fun information.
The page you are reading now is within the USA section
of the Worldwide site.
To check out the rest of the USA site, click
To see what's going on in other countries, just click on
the Worldwide Home link at the left of this page.
Clan MacLennan Crest
MacLennan Clan Crest: A piper adorned with the
MacLennan ancient tartan
MacLennan Clan Motto: Dum Spiro
Spero (while I breathe, I hope).
History of Clan MacLennan: the
history of the MacLennans
is complicated in that the Chiefship remained dormant for over three
hundred years. In addition, they are closely associated with the
Logans, both having originally settled in Kintail, although the Logans
later grew to prominence in the Lowlands of Scotland, becoming Lords of
In the highlands the MacLennans supported the
the Marquis of Montrose rallied the Clans to the Royalist Cause in
1645, the 2nd Earl of Seaforth, the Mackenzie Chief, and a Covnenter,
opposed him. In the ensuing Battle of Auldearn, the men of Kintail, led
by the MacLennan Chief, who carried the Seaforth Standard, were
This information is courtesy of
Event Dates and Locations 2007
NEXT EDITION YOUR SCHEDULE INFORMATION WILL GO HERE TOO, JUST SEND IT
TO ME AT MCLENNANLOIS@COMCAST.NET AND I?LL BE HAPPY TO INCLUDE IT!!!!
Arizona Highland Games Scottsdale, AZ
04/21-22 Las Vegas Celtic
Gathering/Highland Games Las Vegas, NV
06/2-3 Sterling Celtic Festival and
Games Sterling, CO
06/23-24 Wyoming Celtic Festival Gillette,
07/21-22 Elizabeth Celtic Festival Elizabeth,
08/10-12 Rocky Mountain Highland
Games Highlands Ranch, CO
09/6-9 Long's Peak Scottish
Festival Estes Park, CO
TBA Snowmass Highlands Scottish
Games Snowmass, CO
11/2-3 Tuscon Celtic Festival and
Highland Tucson, AZ
TBA Payson Scottish Games Payson,
On a different note...
Here are two of my mantras for 2007 which you are all
welcome to borrow,
"Stone Mountain or Bust"
"Grow the Clan"
I borrowed that one from L. Jay Parks who is currently
Iraq. If you would like to email Jay and send his your best wishes from
the U.S. his email address is: