Kintail, Scotland - MacLennan homeland

Melbourne City Pipe Band wears the MacLennan tartan

Portree, Isle of Skye

Winners of inaugural Ruairidh MacLennan of MacLennan piping award


Carol Davis, Chief's Commissioner

Carol Davis             
Chief’s Commissioner

Welcome to Clan MacLennan Australia.

Ceud mìle fàilte – it is with much pleasure that we welcome you.

Whether you’re curious about your family history or searching for Clan history and events, we trust you’ll find the answers here.  Be sure to say hello at our Clan tent if you’re visiting one of the many Highland Gatherings we attend around Australia. You’re most welcome to join us at Clan events and regular event updates can be found on this website and our Facebook page.

If your interest is family history, our Clan genealogy pages are a place where your ancestors can be properly recorded for posterity.  We already have over 40,000 individuals in our Clan database – with roots going back to Scotland and elsewhere. It  includes photos, official record citations, certificates, headstones and much more.   For a modest annual membership fee you’ll receive a Clan membership certificate, quarterly newsletters with local and worldwide Clan news and you’ll be granted member only access to the on-line Clan  genealogy database.  – to learn more click on the “Membership application” link on this page. We look forward to welcoming you!

Join Upcoming events: 

Saturday 16th November 2019 Informal Sydney Gathering & Dinner – *EVENT HELD OVER UNTIL MARCH 2020
Watch this space for the date and location of an exciting ceilidh dance event in March 2020.

Saturday 28th December 2019  Hogmanay Celebration  6.45pm for 7.00pm  MCC Bowls Club, 23 Swinburne Ave, Hawthorn Victoria 3122    BYO a plated of finger food for a shared supper.  Address to a Haggis. Drinks at club prices.  Dance to the music of the Matthew Robertson Band.  Adults $15  Children under 14 free  *Bookings close 15th December.    To book:  email     

Sat 29th Feb 2020 Bendigo Scots Day Out, Victoria Rosalind Park, Bendigo Victoria NB:  Clan MacLennan will not be hosting a Clan tent in 2020

Sun 15th March 2020 Geelong Highland Gathering  Osborne Park, Swinburne Street, North Geelong.  Clan MacLennan will be hosting a Clan tent this year. Please come and say hello.               

Sun 29th March 2020 Ringwood Highland Games & Celtic Festival.   **NB: Venue – J W Manson Reserve, Selkirk Avenue, Wantirna, Victoria.  Added attractions including heavy lifting games, celtic activities and traditional highland games.  Join us for the grand parade of clans, time to be announced.  Please come say hello at the clan tent, look for the Clan banner.

Saturday 4th April 2020  Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW Join us for the  parade of Clans at 9.00am – look for the MacLennan banner.  More information about the festival and evening ceilidh at the Bundanoon is Brigadoon website. Book your accommodation & ceilidh tickets early!   When booking the Ceilidh ask to be put on our Clan table.  Discover more about your family history – meet Clan Genealogist, Bruce McLennan at the clan tent.

Join us:

Our Clan Association was formed in 1978 and we have one of the largest memberships of our Clan in the world. Our aims are to:

  • Acknowledge in practice the spirit of our ancient motto: “Dum Spiro Spero” (While I breathe I hope)
  • Promote interest in the Clan and foster a spirit of kin and fellowship.
  • Maintain contact with members.
  • Collect and preserve the Clan’s history and traditions.
  • Assist members tracing their family tree.
  • Keep contact with Clan Associations throughout the World. (Presently Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK/Scotland and U.S.A.)
  • To achieve these aims we publish an interesting and informative newsletter three times a year, and we hold three clan gatherings each year in Victoria and one in Sydney and attend a number of Highland Gathering events around Australia. Financial membership also provides access to our extensive Mac/McLennan family history database. We are happy to provide further information and welcome applications for membership.



Chief’s Commissioner Australia & President: Carol Davis – email:

Vice President: David McLennan – email:

Secretary: Patsy McLennan, 13 Lamart Street, Strathmore, Victoria, 3041 Australia
– email: Phone: +61 (0)3 9379 2425

Treasurer: Geoff McLennan, 34 Hornsby Street, Maldon, Victoria, 3463 Australia
– email: Phone: +61 (0)3 5475 2092

Newsletter Editor: Carol Davis – email:

Clan MacLennan Tartan & Crested Goods for sale:
(See Newsletter)  Patsy McLennan, 13 Lamart Street, Strathmore. Vic 3041 – email: Phone: +61 (0)3 9379 2425

Family History: Bruce McLennan – email:

Instagram: clanmaclennan_au Tag: #clanmaclennan_au

Facebook:  Clan MacLennan Australia


Newsletters from the former New South Wales Clan MacLennan Association are available: Click here

Grafton Assoc: Click here to find out about the Grafton, NSW Clan MacLennan Association

Past events: 

Saturday 12th October 2019 Canberra Highland Gathering  10am – Kambah District Playing Fields, off Kett Street in front of Canberra Burns Club.

Melbourne Tartan Festival 12-21st July 2019 – Melbourne, Vic  The Melbourne Tartan Festival 2019 this year will offer a range of events over 10 days  and include advance screenings of Scottish film from the Mini British Film Festival, a pipe band concert at Hawthorn Arts Centre, Family Day at Abbotsford Convent, Genealogy day, Whisky Tasting event, a high energy Ceilidh Dance, Gala Dinner & Concert  black tie event at the Melbourne Town Hall, Kirkin ‘O the Tartan and a City CBD Pipe Band parade (permits pending).  Tickets for the Gala Dinner & Concert and the Ceilidh Dance go on sale from Friday 22nd February.  Book early to avoid disappointment!  More information at 

Saturday 2nd March 2019 Bendigo Scots Day Out, Rosalind Park, Bendigo Vic.                                                                                        Join us for the parade of clans commencing at 10.00am.  Assemble at 9.45am in View Street adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Oval.  Look for the Clan MacLennan banner.  It’s an easy, short parade route down the hill and into Rosalind Park.  Last year we followed the City of Melbourne Pipe Band who wear the Clan MacLennan modern tartan.   Come and say hello at the Clan tent.  More information can be found at 

Sunday 17th March 2019 Geelong Highland Gathering, Osborne Park, Swinburne Street, North Geelong Vic.      Although we will not be hosting a Clan tent at the Geelong gathering, we encourage you to show your support in keeping our Scottish traditions alive.   More information can be found at 

Sunday 31st March 2019 Ringwood Highland Games & Celtic Festival, **NB:  NEW VENUE:  JW Manson Reserve, Selkirk Avenue, Wantirna Vic.   9am – 5pm   Come and say hello at the Clan tent and join us in the Clan parade.  Look out for the Clan banner.  This year’s event includes Celtic healing workshops, heavy lifting games, pipe band and highland dancing competitions, children’s activities and much more.  There is a ceilidh planned for Friday night, 29th March  More information can be found at 

Saturday 4th April 2019  Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW Join us for the  parade of Clans at 9.00am – look for the MacLennan banner.  More information about the festival and evening ceilidh at the Bundanoon is Brigadoon website. Book your accommodation & ceilidh tickets early!   When booking the Ceilidh ask to be put on our Clan table.  Discover more about your family history – meet Clan Genealogist, Bruce McLennan at the clan tent.

4th – 8th July 2018  – CLAN MACLENNAN WORLDWIDE GATHERING, INVERNESS, SCOTLAND.   Join clansfolk from Australia and around the world in celebration of our shared Clan heritage.  Some of the events during the Gathering will be a Clan Parliament at the historic Inverness Town House with a reception to follow,  a traditional village hall Ceilidh where we’ll dance the night away,  join fellow clans folk on a fascinating bus tour, learn how to access your family history and enjoy a gala dinner.  Go to the 2018 Gathering page to learn more.   A large group of Australians with Mac/McLennan family links will be travelling  to the Worldwide Clan Gathering in Inverness, Scotland from 4th-8th July 2018, hosted by  Chief Ruairidh MacLennan of MacLennan and the Scotland Association. To find out more and to book, please click on the menu item “2018 Gathering“ .

31st May to 3rd June 2018  –  Clan Re-Union and Bonnie Wingham Festival, Wingham, NSW  – Clan MacLennan will be the Clan of Honour in 2018  Re-union dinner on 31 May, Genealogy Day, Bus Tour of Clan haunts, etc. Especially join us for the Street Parade early on the Saturday morning. Click on menu item Bonnie Wingham Clan MacLennan 2018 Re-Union

Saturday 7th April 2018  Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW  Join us for the  parade of Clans at 9.00am – look for the MacLennan banner.  More information about the festival and evening ceilidh at the Bundanoon is Brigadoon website. Book your accommodation & ceilidh tickets early!   When booking the Ceilidh ask to be put on our Clan table.  Meet Clan Genealogist, Bruce McLennan at the clan tent.

25th of March 2018 Ringwood Highland. Games .  East Ringwood Sports Ground, Cnr. Mt. Dandenong Rd & Dublin Rd, East Ringwood  9am – 3:30pm.  Parade of Clans 1.00pm  Ringwood Highland Games is a Traditional Highland Games, with Pipe bands highland dancers. The Heavy Games are back this year!   With interesting alternative Celtic activities, such as Folk Singers, Clan History, food and craft stalls.  Come and say hello at the Clan tent and join us for the Parade of Clans on the oval, assembly 12.45pm at the Clan tent.

Saturday 3rd March 2018 10.00am  –  Bendigo Scots Day Out, Rosalind Park, Bendigo Victoria  Entry is free  Join us at 9.45 am  for the Grand Parade of Clans.  Assemble in View Street. Our Clan tent will be located in the picturesque Rosalind Park under the shade of the giant elm trees. Come and say hello and don’t forget to wear your tartan! The Clan shop will be open.   More information at the Bendigo Scots Day Out website.

Saturday 11th November 2017 Informal Sydney Gathering & Dinner 5.30pm  Roseville Club, Pacific Hwy, Roseville NSW
“Throw the sheep” for young and older kids starts at 5.30. Please complete and return the Booking form (Click to open) by 26 October.

Sunday 19th November 2017 12 noon:  Clan Picnic and Petanque competition  Woodlands Park, Essendon, Victoria (enter from Winifred Street). BYO picnic lunch & picnic chairs.  Afternoon tea provided. Join us for a relaxed family afternoon

Saturday 30th December 2017 6.30 for 7pm:  Clan MacLennan & Clan Cameron Hogmanay Celebration!  THE NIGHT BEFORE NEW YEAR’S EVE!  Venue:  MCC Bowls Club, Swinburne Avenue, Hawthorn, Vic  Dance to the music of acclaimed musicians Matthew Robertson and David South  Adults $15.00 each  Child 6-14 yrs $7.00  Child under 5 free   Book early  –  last year’s event sold out!  To book –  email or phone Patsy McLennan (03) 9379 2425    *Bring a plate of finger food for a shared supper.  Drinks at bowls club member prices.  Sorry, no BYO alcohol permitted.

Sunday 2nd July 2017 at 10.45am service begins at 11.00am Kirkin ‘O the Tartan service
The Scots’ Church, Cnr. Russell & Collins Street, Melbourne. The service commemorates the repeal of the Act of Proscription on 1st July 1782 which in 1746 had banned, amongst other things, the ‘wearing of Highland garb’ i.e. tartan. We encourage you to proudly wear your MacLennan tartan to the service.   All welcome!

Sunday 18th June, 2017 at 12 noon Clan MacLennan Australia AGM & Ceilidh 
BYO shared lunch.  A short AGM will be followed by an afternoon of entertainment. Venue:  MCC Bowls Club, 19/23 Swinburne Ave, Hawthorn VIC 3122  *NB:  This is a new venue this year

Sunday 4th June 2017 – Bonnie Wingham, NSW – Clan Tent, Parade and Ball – Join us in the Parade or just visit our tent. North Coast NSW McLennans especially welcome. More at

Sunday 26 March 2017 – Ringwood Highland Gathering. East Ringwood Sportsground, Cnr Mt Dandenong & Dublin Rds, East Ringwood, Vic.

Saturday 1 April 2017 – Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW. Please join us for the Parade – arrive early and meet at the Clan tent before 8.45. Clan goods will be on sale. ACT McLennans especially welcome. Goes ahead rain or shine. More at

Please make a booking to join our table at the Bundanoon Ceilidh, Bundanoon Hall, 7.30-12.00 – $50pp by cheque, postal order or EFT to Helene Jessop, PO Box 3169, Exeter 2579 – specify “MacLennan table”. Programme of entertainment included. Please see – sold out

Saturday 11 February 2017 – Scots Day Out Highland Gathering, Bendigo, Vic. Come and visit us at the Clan tent and join us in the parade. Don’t forget to wear some MacLennan tartan! More at

Sunday 20 November 2016 at 12.00 noon – Essendon Christmas Picnic and Jn. & Snr Petanque Competition – a fun family afternoon – Woodlands Park, Essendon, Victoria. Enter via Winifred Street. BYO picnic lunch, chairs & coffee mug. Afternoon tea provided. We have the use of indoor facilities so we can accommodate all weather conditions.

Friday 30 December 2016 at 7.00 pm – Hawthorn, Vic **THE NIGHT BEFORE NEW YEAR’S EVE** – Clan MacLennan/Clan Cameron Hogmanay Celebration – MCC Bowls Club, 23 Swinburne Avenue, Hawthorn, Victoria. Traditional Scottish ceilidh music with with renowned musicians, fiddler Matthew Robertson and David South on accordion. Piper and address to the Haggis ceremony. Wear your tartan! **Early Bird Special if you book by 9th December. Drinks at bowls club member prices. NB: No BYO. **Seats are limited – book ASAP to ensure you secure a ticket. To book email or phone Patsy McLennan (03) 9379 2425

Saturday 5 November 2016 – Sydney annual Informal Gathering, Roseville Club, Pacific Hwy. 6.00 for 6.30pm – Click here to book: Booking form

Sunday 19 June 2016 – AGM & Ceilidh – 1pm, Malvern Bowls Club, 14 Coonil Cres, Malvern Vic. BYO shared lunch. Afternoon tea provided.

Saturday 18 June 2016 – Scotttish Festival / Gathering – St Leonard’s Park, Miller Street, North Sydney. Parade at 9.00. Come and see us at our Clan tent.

Thursday 26 May 2016 – Wingham Genealogy Fair – come and hear to talk about our Clan (Brochure)

Saturday 28 May 2016 – Bonnie Wingham Clan Tent, Parade and Ball – Join us in the Parade or just visit our tent (Brochure)

Saturday 9 April 2016 – Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW. Please join us for the Parade. Arrive early and meet at the Clan tent before 9.00. Clan goods will be on sale at this next Gathering. ACT McLennans especially welcome. Goes ahead rain or shine. More at

3 April 2016 – Ringwood Highland Games, Vic. Join us for the Parade and meet us at our Clan tent. This will be the last Ringwood Games. More in Clan newsletter.

25 & 26 March 2016 – Maclean Highland Gathering, NSW. More at

Hogmanay Celebration 30 December 2015 – Enjoy a family night of live music, dancing, Haggis! – MCC Bowls Clubrooms, 34 Glen Street, Hawthorn, Victoria. 7.30. Not BYO licenced. Bring a plate of supper to share.

Family Picnic & Genealogy Day 15 November 2015, Woodlands Park House, 32 Winifred Street, Essendon (Melbourne) 12 noon – 5pm

Sydney annual Informal Gathering 7 November 2015, Roseville Club, Pacific Highway 6.30 for 7.00pm – Booking form

Kirkin ‘O the Tartan service 5 July 2015 -The Scots’ Church, Collins Street, Melbourne at 11.00am

Ceilidh and annual meeting Malvern Bowling Club 21 June 2015

Bundanoon is Brigadoon Highland Gathering, NSW – 11 April 2015

Maclean Highland Gathering, NSW 3-4 April 2015

Ringwood Highland Games, Vic – 29 March 2015.

Sunday 30th November 2014 from 11.30am – Clan Picnic and the popular Jnr. & Snr. Petanque championship. BYO lunch. We have the use of the cottage if the sun isn’t shining! Venue: Woodville Park, Essendon. Melways: 28 F1 **Special guest Bruce McLennan, clan genealogist, will be available to help you to trace your ancestors. Don’t forget to bring copies of any records you have such as births, death, marriage and baptisms and photos if you have them.

Sunday 16th November 2014– The Scottish ‘Fling’ Festival at the Immigration Museum of Victoria, 400 Flinders Street Melbourne 10am – 4.00pm.
Click here for more about the Clan World Gathering July 2014