The Clan Piper
Newsletter April 2007
Lois McLennan, our new Editor has had a difficult month as she has been
ill, hospitalized and now returns to a heavy workload. So
Newsletter is being published by Colleen MacLennnan. Any
questions/comments regarding this issue of The Clan Piper can be sent
Lois will return to her publishing duties full time in July so join us
in wishing her good health and a quick recovery!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Lois MacLennan, our
Newsletter Editor. We wish Sally Jo McLennan Truhlar who is
continuing to mend from knee replacement surgery a speedy recovery.
Murdo MacLennan sets the pace at the 2006 Highlands Ranch Festival,
Highlands Ranch, Colorado. He is followed by Ann MacLennan
Chris Ludeman, Abigail Bever and Amanda Bever - MacLennans one and all!
Men of Clan MacLennan - Frank, Banning, Murdo, Frank and John
Caring & Sharing
Also, our thoughts and prayers are with the following Clan MacLennan
Heros who are serving our country in the military.
serving another tour of duty
serving in Bahrain aboard the
serving aboard the U.S.S.
Contributions from Alexandre McKeon and Colleen M
Jones April 3
2nd Quarter Birthdays
MacLennan April 12th
Jones April 16th
Kevin Alec MacLennan April
Gregory May 17th
MacLennan May 21st
McKeon May 21st
MacLennan May 25th
Gregory June 14th
McKeon June 15th
McLennan June 24th
History Tells Us
Do You Know...
Do you know what the strap and buckle on the crest means? Did
know the crest belongs to the Chief, not the Clan. Do you
any idea what an Achievement is? Are you an
you're a bit confused or unclear as to all the terms, what means what
and belongs to whom, you're not alone. This will be a brief
hopefully simple explanation of what the Coat of Arms is, who it
belongs to and why and what it all means!
Coat of Arms
The Scottish clan system is closely bound up with Scottish heraldry.
The best definition of a clan is a social group consisting of
distinct families actually descended, or accepting themselves as
descendants of a common ancestor. A clan is therefore a
which is both distinguished by heraldry and recognized by the Lord
Lyons. At the head of this honorable family/community is the Chief. He
is the only person entitled to display the Coat of Arms for the Clan.
So the first point that should be made about heraldry is that there is
no such thing as a "Family Coat of Arms". This is a form of marketing
used by the "Heraldry for Sale" shops and websites that are becoming a
common sight, both on the internet and at highland games all over the
world. Armorial bearings, which is a more formal description of a coat
of arms, are in Scotland, the personal property of one person only.
Displaying arms which are not registered to you, or which you do not
have a right to, can lead to prosecution in countries such as Scotland,
where heraldry is carefully regulated.
A Coat of Arms then belongs to only one person, the person who applied
to Lord Lyons for that Coat of Arms or who inherited the Coat of
Arms. The MacLennan of MacLennan Coat of Arms above belongs
MacLennan Clan Chief Ruairidh MacLennan and he inherited it from his
father Ronald when he died. The Coat Of Arms does not belong
Clan MacLennan and no one but Ruairidh may wear or display that Coat of
Arms and to do so is breaking the enforceable laws of Scotland.
What is a Coat of Arms?
A Scottish Coat of Arms is an official design created and registered
with the Lord Lyons. Lord Lyons is an appointed official who
decides who should be allowed to have a Coat of Arms and what that Coat
of Arms should look like. His office has an official record
every coat of Arms granted in Scotland since 1672 - 335
years! Only people who live in Scotland or have
parents/family from Scotland and can provide proof can request their
own Coat of Arms.
A Coat of Arms was originally a jacket, tunic or tabard worn by Knights
in medieval times - possibly to identify himself in battle since he was
covered by armor. Nowadays a Coat of Arms means all the parts
an "Achievement" put together to create the Coat of Arms.
of an "Achievement" are the shield, helmet, mantling, wreath,
crest, motto and sometimes supporters and other decorations.
There is a widespread misconception that a family or a clan can have a
family or clan Coat of Arms. Many heraldic and clan web sites and other
media suggest that a person has the right to use the family or clan
Arms. This is completely incorrect.
A Coat of Arms belongs only to one individual person and can only be
used by that person and no one else. In order for a person to be able
to use a Coat of Arms it is necessary for that individual person to
apply for a personal Coat of Arms to be granted to him or her .
What is permitted is for a member of a clan to use the clan
crest. Usually what is referred to as the Clan Coat of Arms
fact the personal Arms of the chief of the clan which can only be used
by the chief.
Can I get my own Coat of Arms?
Yes, you can request and apply for your own Coat of Arms in Scotland
through the Court of Lord Lyons. The applicant is called "The
Petitioner" and should submit a formal "Petition" to the Lord Lyon King
of Arms using the forms available on the Lord Lyons
website. Any person who wishes to use Arms must
for a Grant of Arms or -if they can trace their ancestry back to an
ancestor who had a grant of Arms -a "matriculation" showing their place
within the family. When a grant, or matriculation of Arms is obtained,
a hand drawn full color parchment, narrating the pedigree as proved, is
given to the Petitioner, and a duplicate is recorded in the Public
Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland. Anyone living
or owning land in the United Kingdom or in Her Majesty's overseas
realms or in the Commonwealth and of Scottish heritage can apply to the
Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland for a grant or matriculation of
Arms are not generally granted to non-British citizens (though those of
Scottish ancestry can apply to the Lord Lyon King of Arms for cadet
matriculations, as above described). Foreigners of Scottish descent can
sometimes arrange for a cousin in Scotland, or in one of Her Majesty's
overseas realms, to receive Arms from the Lord Lyon King of Arms, and
thereafter themselves to obtain a cadet matriculation.
So basically, if you have an ancestor who resided in the colonies while
your colony was under the jurisdiction of the British crown, i.e. prior
to September 1783 for the USA, and you are a descendant in the male
line of that ancestor, then you can petition the Lord Lyon for a grant
of arms in memory of that ancestor and also to matriculate those arms,
suitably differenced for yourself. Or if one or both of your
parents, grandparents or beyond is/was a citizen of Scotland
you can petition the Court of Lord Lyons for a Coat of Arms for that
parent/grandparent and then request a matriculation of those arms in
your name. Sounds a bit confusing, it's
check the website for Lord Lyons and take it one step at a time and
note, this is not a cheap
Another Other Way To Obtain A Coat Of Arms?
There is currently one other way to obtain a legitimate Coat Of Arms
for you and your family. You may register a Family Coat Of
Arms/Crest with the American College Of Heraldry.
are restricted by policy to American citizens or residents, as well as
to others with significant personal or business connections in
America. These Arms are inheritable and are to be passed on
through the ages. These are "Assumed Arms" , are not
arms and are for Americans who wish to create a family tradition that
will be maintained throughout the ages and passed on from generation to
What and who is an Armiger?
A person who has registered his or her own coat of Arms and Crest, or
inherited these according to the Laws of Arms in Scotland from an
ancestor who had recorded them in the Lyon Register, may wear their own
Crest as a badge either on its Wreath, Crest Coronet or Chapeau, or, as
is more usual, within a plain circlet inscribed with his Motto.
So who is this Lord Lyons?
In Scotland all things armorial are governed by the laws of arms
administered by the Court of the Lord Lyon. The origin of the office of
Lord Lyon is shrouded in the mists of history, but various Acts of
Parliament, especially those of 1592 and 1672 supplement the
established authority of Lord Lyon and his brother heralds. The Lord
Lyon is a great officer of state and has a dual capacity, both
ministerial and judicial. In his ministerial capacity, he acts as
heraldic advisor to the Sovereign, appoints messengers-at-arms,
conducts national ceremony and grants arms. In his judicial role, he
decides on questions of succession, authorizes the matriculation of
arms, registers pedigrees, which are often used as evidence in the
matter of succession to peerages, and of course judges in cases when
the Procurator Fiscal prosecutes someone for the wrongful use of arms.
Arms should not be used in Scotland unless they are recorded in the
Register of all Arms and Bearings in Scotland. Armorial bearings can be
acquired by petitioning the Lord Lyon, but only if you come within his
jurisdiction(www.lyon-court.com). However, in England you would
approach the College of Arms (www.college-of-arms.gov.uk).
Who wears what?
Chiefs may wear either their own personal Crest within a plain circlet
inscribed with the Motto, and a Chiefs three eagle's feathers.
Chieftains may wear their own personal Crest, their Chief's crest with
two small eagles' feathers and if he/she is also a Peer, he
add the appropriate coronet of rank on top of the circlet, or they may
wear their Chiefs Crest badge without feather like any other clansman,
as described for clansmen below.
Armigers, a person who has registered his or her own coat of Arms and
Crest, or inherited these according to the Laws of Arms in Scotland
from an ancestor who had recorded them in the Lyon Register, may wear
their own Crest as a badge within a plain circlet inscribed with his
Motto. An armiger may also choose to wear instead the Crest badge of
his Chief if the armiger is a clansman. An armiger is entitled to one
silver eagle's feather behind the plain circlet, and if he is also a
Peer he may add his appropriate coronet of rank on top of the circlet.
Clansmen and Clanswomen
This is for most of us! These are the Chief's relatives,
including his own immediate family and even his eldest son, and all
members of the extended family called the "Clan", whether bearing the
Clan surname or that of one of its septs, all those who wish to
demonstrate their association with the Clan.
It is correct for these people to wear their Chiefs Crest encircled
with a strap and buckle bearing their Chief s Motto or Slogan. The
strap and buckle is the sign of the clansman, and you demonstrate your
membership of the Chief's Clan by wearing his Chief's Crest within it.
Contributed By Colleen MacLennan
The February edition of The Clan Piper announced the creation of the
Youth Pages and the Youth Memberhship Initiative. We would
to thank all of you who contacted us with comments regarding this new
program. We did not receive one negative comment and were so
pleased to read of your support of this initiative. The Youth
Pages are available on the Website at
there is also a
link on the main website to the Youth Pages. There are new
Pages every month with puzzles, coloring and interesting information
for youth of all ages regarding Clan MacLennan, the Chief, Coat of
Arms, and lots of other interesting topics. There are
drawings and prizes so please make sure your MacLennan youth
views the Youth Pages and has a chance to participate, learn and win a
prize too! Please bookmark the above link and visit the Youth
Pages often with your children/grandchildren and enter to win!
The purpose of the Youth Pages is to educate, inform and promote
interest in all things MacLennan and Scottish. The youth of
are the conveners, Chief's Lieutenants, bagpipers and drummers, dancers
and leaders of tomorrow. We hope to provide information on a
variety of subjects important to the Clan and Scots to youth of all
ages and it is our goal to do that in fun, imformative and interesting
ways. We are always open to suggestions and appreciate your
comments both positive and negative and we especially enjoy receiving
the entries and papers from the youth.
We have already awarded 4 prizes, one for each puzzle correctly
completed by Jody in Kalispell and Kevin in Pocatello, one for an
awesome colored Piper Bear from Mikaela in Tuscon and one for an
incredible Coat of Arms created by Lindsay in Albequerque which we hope
to publish in the next newsletter. Thank you all for sending
your amazing creations and check out April's fun pages!
Click here to visit the Youth Pages
on the Mountain Region web site.
A Message From The
It is some time since I have directly addressed members of the Clan
MacLennan Association in the U.S and for that I apologise. The lack of
a Clan newsletter directly from Scotland has resulted in many Clansfolk
having to rely on third hand information often from newsletters from
other Clan MacLennan Associations. I welcome and thank you for the
opportunity to provide information and news directly through your Web
site. Indeed, I am pleased to see a recent surge of enthusiasm from
Clan members in the U.S and hope that we can work closer together than
we have in past years with the mutual aim of promoting the Clan
MacLennan Association and supporting Clansfolk. I am especially pleased
to see more involvement from the younger generation through the youth
Recent years have been challenging for the Clan and I am aware that the
U.S Clan Association has had it's fair share of problems. I have been
approached by a number of your Clan members in recent months to ask to
assist your Association where possible in the hope of resolving such
problems. Hopefully these issues can be resolved and allow the Clan
Association to prosper in the U.S. There are many MacLennan's
throughout the USA and it is often the Clansfolk far away from our
homeland who have the greatest enthusiasm to drive the Clan forward. I
will therefore endevour to listen to the views of the U.S Clan
Association and support you when and where possible.
The Clan Association's in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
have a variety of different ways in which they interact with me as Clan
Chief and the Chieftain and Chief's Lieutenants. There has been a clear
separation between the individual Clan Associations and the Chief's
Lieutenants. Lieutenants are appointed directly by myself as Chief and
are my representatives in the geographical area of appointment. Unlike
office bearers within the Clan Associations, they are not elected and
do not have any right to control the Clan Association. They act as
representatives of the Chief there to promote the Clan in general and
to form a link between the Clan Association and the Chief.
In the past, this non elected position has caused concern amongst some
Clan members and I was actively encouraged to reduce the number of
Chief's Lieutenants as well as to clarify their role within the Clan.
As a result, the number was reduced from 14 to 4, one for the USA,
Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Lock McLendon stood down a couple of
years ago and the U.S currently does not have a Chief's Lieutenant. I
have been requested by many Clansfolk throughout each of these
countries, including the USA, to review this position. In hindsight, I
am minded to think that the advice that I received ten or fifteen years
ago was not in fact sound as the result is that some of the Clan
Associations feel distant from the Chief as they no longer have a
directly appointed representative within their area actingon the
Chief's behalf. This situation has been magnified in the USA due to the
geography and the fact that the country is vast with members spread out
far and wide. I can therefore understand how many may feel abandoned.
In light of the above, I will now put some thought into the appointment
of Chief's representatives for the U.S. probably in the form of Chief's
Commissioners who's role will be to assist the elected Clan Association
and their Committee / office bearers and act as my representatives for
their geographical area in my absence. This, along with messages of
support such as this through any available means of communication will,
I truely hope, enable your Association to pick itself up and promote
the name of Clan MacLennan throughout the USA.
I look forward to forming a closer relationship with my Clansfolk in
the USA and intend to now actively consider ways in which to appoint
representatives to further the Clan's cause in the USA. It will also be
my intention to visit the U.S in the near future to achieve these aims.
As we start the year 2007, many new directions have been started for
Clan MacLennan Assn., USA. Inc. At our Annual General Meeting
October 2006, the position of Treasurer/Secretary was
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 Jennifer Young as
she is membership chairmen. Her address is 288 White Road, Portland,
Also a new newsletter editor, Lois McLennan, was appointed. Any
information for the newsletter should be forwarded to her at:
Also we have appointed Alexandre McKeon to put together a Youth Program
to attract this age group to our association. She can be reached
Many other suggestions were offered but it was the feeling of the
members in attendance that we really need to get these three items in a
secure operational mode before anymore changes are made in
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 exposure to the
MacLennan name in the country and will increase their awareness as to
One of our conveners, Jay Park has returned to military duty for
another two year tour in Iraq. The Clan MacLennan Association wishes
him Godspeed and safety while on tour.
Contributed by Win MacLennan, National President & Association
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.
... And from
To check on more specific items from Mountain Region, click here.
Jennifer Young is the new Membership Chair as of last October and has
quite a task reconciling numerous outdated and incomplete membership
lists from decades past. From a Clan of hundreds of members
nationwide to today's accounting of less than 100, Jennifer has managed
to turn the tide.
She has finally compiled a comprehensive Membership list that is
computerized and fully backed up so this regrettable chain of events
will never again occur. She has written hundreds of letters,
e-mailed scores of potential members and tried to contact all those old
members who have not returned to support Clan MacLennan.
Jennifer has listened to the complaints of those who were forgotten,
those who were members but never received either membership cards,
newsletters or renewal notives and has charmed most into to returning
to the fold, supporting the Clan and strengthing new bonds.
is particularly anxious to hear from any/all of the Clan's Lifetime
Members so if you are one or know of one, please contact or have them
Clan MacLennan is rebuilding, revitalizing and renewing it's pledge to
support the Clan, its members and the Association's goal.
join today and help us rebuild the Clan MacLennan
you have not heard from Jennifer with regard to a membership past or
present, please contact her at:
288 White Road
Portland, TN 37148
Contributed By Colleen MacLennan
Wearing Of Sashes By Ladies In Evening Dress
The wearing of tartan sashes in customarily done when the
lady is wearing a long, formal-type dress. However, many
do not care to have such a dress but want to show pride in their
heritage by wearing the tartan of their Clan or that of their husband's
Clan. The following diagram is to help those of you who want
wear a sash (long, light weight scarf) with respect for the tradition
but with no legal significance.
1. Style worn by Clanswomen
2. Style worn by Chieftainesses, wives of
and Wives of the Colonels of Scottish Regiments.
3. Style worn by ladies who have married
out of their
Clan but who want to wear their original Clan tartan.
4. Style worn by country dancers or where
any lady wants to keep the front of her dress clear of the sash.
5. Style worn by ladies who have no Clan
in styles 1-4, but who want to wear the tartan of their fancy.
Contributed By Murdo A. MacLennan
2nd Quarter 2007
Event Dates & Locations
Oregon Scottish Heritage Festival
Huntersville North Carolina
Loch Norman Highland Games
Mississippi River Celtic Music Festival
Arkansas Scottish Festival
Tartan Day Scottish Faire
21-22 Tyler Texas
Four Winds Faire - Highland Clans and Celtic Heritage Fest
21-22 Las Vegas Nevada
Las Vegas Celtic Gathering & Highland Games
California Sacramento Valley
Scottish Games and Gathering
27-29 Carbondale Illinois
Southern Illinois Irish Festival
Celtic Festival and Irish Music Concert
Greensboro North Carolina
Triad Highland Games
4-6 Bridgeport West
Virginia Scottish Festival
and Celtic Gathering
Savannah Georgia Savannah
5-6 Cedar Bluff State
Th' Gatherin' Ancient Festival O' Beltane
County New York
Celebration of Celts Games of Columbia County
North Carolina Celtic Music
Kentucky Kentucky Scottish
Urbana Maryland Frederick
Phoenixville Celtic Street Fair
12-13 Houston Texas
Houston Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Wisconsin Fitchburg Days
Pennsylvania Edinboro Highland Games
and Scottish Festival
California San Francisco
Oyster and Beer Festival
Dakota County Minnesota
Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games
Prescott Highland Games
Aiken South Carolina
Aiken Scottish Games
Atlanta Celtic Festival
Richmond Rhode Island
Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival
Fair Hill Maryland
Colonial Highland Gathering
Eugene Scottish Festival
Illinois Highland Games
Scottish Games and Celtic Celebration
26-27 Alma Michigan
The Highland Festival and Games
26-27 Jack Frost Mountain
Pennsylvania The Pocono's Greatest Irish
26-27 East Durham New
York East Durham
California United Scottish
Societies of S. California Highland Gathering
Kentucky Glasgow Highland
Colorado Scottish Gaelic
Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Maryland McHenry Highland
South Carolina Clover
Scottish Games and Scotch-Irish Festival
Liberty Corner New Jersey
Bonnie Brae Scottish Games
Scottish Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans
Bellingham Highland Games
New York Genesee Highland
Sterling Celtic Festival
8-9 Riverside Missouri
Kansas City Highland Games
Scottish Festival and Highland Games
8-9 Greenville South
Carolina Greater Greenville
Scottish Games & Highland Festival
Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games
8-10 Cuyahoga Falls
Ohio The Riverfront Irish
Fort Wayne Indiana
Indiana Highland Games
Potomac Celtic Festival
Louisville Irish Fest
9-10 Staten Island
New York Staten Ireland Irish
9-10 Cape May New
Jersey Cold Spring Village
15-16 Oak Brook Illinois
Illinois Saint Andrew Society Highland Games
15-17 Franklin North Carolina
Taste of Scotland Festival
15-17 Bridgeport Connecticut
Fairfield County Irish Festival
Prosser Washington Prosser
Campbell Highland Games
21-24 Cape Cod Massachusetts
Cape Cod Celtic Festival
22-24 Manheim Pennsylvania
Celtic Fling and Highland Games
Ohio Scottish Games
Tacoma-Pierce County Highland Games
The Western Massachusetts Highland Games & Celtic Festival
23-24 San Diego
California Scottish Highland
Games and Gathering of the Clans
California Great American
Irish Fair and Music Festival
23-24 Gillette Wyoming
Wyoming Celtic Festival and Highland Games
23-24 North Haven
Eagle River Alaska
Alaska Scottish Games
1 Eastlake Ohio
Eastlake Irish Summerfest
Monterey Highland Games and Celtic Festival
12-15 Linville North
Mountain Highland Games
Saline Celtic Festival
Colorado Colorado Irish
Skagit Valley Highland Games and Scottish Faire
The Oakland Scottish Highland Games
Athena Caledonian Games
15-21 East Durham New
York Catskills Irish Arts
Portland Highland Games
Irish Cultural Festival
Brigadoon Celtic Festival
Westfield Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival
East Durham New York
Irish Traditional Music Festival
Adams County Irish Festival
Arizona Flagstaff Arizona
Highland Celtic Festival
Elizabeth Celtic Festival
The Faerieworlds Festival
Elkins W. Virginia
Augusta Heritage Center's Irish Week
New York The Great American
Dayton Celtic Festival
Pacific NW Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering
Highlands Ranch, CO
Rocky Mountain Highland Games
Estes Park, CO
Long's Peak Scottish Festival
Snowmass Highlands Scottish Games
19-21 Atlanta GA
Stone Mountain Highland Games
Tuscon Celtic Festival & Highland Games
Payson Scottish Festival
Please send us your Festival Information at
and we'll be happy to include it in the next Newsletter in July!
Contributed By Colleen MacLennan
Please send us your news, information and photos of your MacLennan
families. Share with us, brag a bit, introduce yourselves to
Clan! We are anxious to meet you all. We would love
share in your Graduations, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Births,
Promotions, Good News and support you in your losses also, so send us
your news, this is your Newsletter. Suggestions and
recommendations are always welcome.