MacLennan homeland - Kintail, Scotland

Sculpture, Glengarry ON, Arrival by Ralph Sketch 1988

Melanie McLennan

Melanie McLennan Chief’s Commissioner

Welcome to the Clan MacLennan Canada website.

Clan MacLennan members have been gathering formally for over 40 years in various regions of Canada. Today our focus is a national rather than regional one and we are pleased to be a part of the Clan MacLennan Worldwide brand. Our members attend Highland Gatherings in different parts of Canada  and our Facebook page is a place to connect with other Clan members. New members within Canada or who hail from all four corners of the globe with Canadian ties are welcome. Just click on “Membership application” to join.

Clan Geneology

In the banner at the top of this page the photo on the left is taken near Kintail, the MacLennan homeland, on the west coast of Scotland.  This much-photographed “castle” (Eilean Donan) was built in the 1920’s by a McRae family (with Canadian connections) on the foundation of an actual castle reduced to ruins in the Jacobite “Rising” of 1719 and the Battle of Glenshiel. On the right-side of the above banner, is the replica of the “Hector” which brought the first Scottish settlers to Pictou, NS in 1773 – on board were John McLennan and William McLennan.  John is ID number i26906 in our Clan database at On the far right, is the church built at Belfast, PEI for Rev John McLennan in 1823.  Rev John not only christened and married early settlers on PEI but also on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. He is ID number i1433 in the Clan genealogy database.

Our Clan genealogy pages are a place where your ancestors can be properly recorded for posterity.  We already have over 45,000 individuals in our Clan database – with roots going back to Scotland and elsewhere. Evidence for the relationships includes: official record citations, certificates, headstones and much more.  Clan members can contribute your ancestors to the collection. It’s our goal that as more people participate in the sharing of family information, more of our members will find the connections they are seeking in their family trees.  Access to the on-line Clan database is available simply by joining our Clan association – please see the “Membership Application” section below, or click here – for a direct link to the application form.

Upcoming events:


Webinar series – Finding your Scottish Ancestors
Isolation buster! Register now!
Please join our monthly Webinars hosted by Clan Genealogist Bruce McLennan – “Finding Your Scottish Ancestors”. The same meetings are being held in three time zones:
Australasia WAIPU ROOM (14:00 Auckland time = Mid-day Syd/Mel)
Europe KINTAIL ROOM (10:00 British time)
Americas – CAPE BRETON ROOM (20:00 Canada Atlantic [Hailfax] time)
To attend, you will need to REGISTER and be approved for each meeting. Invitations are sent for each meeting.  If you would like to join the meeting, but did not receive an invitation, please email

Our 2020 meetings were:
16 June 2020 – Using Scotlands People
30 June 2020 – Introduction to the Clan Records
14 July 2020 – Tips for using the Clan Records
28 July 2020 – Where did my ancestors live?
3 August – Extra – Author Talk – Extreme Migration Voyage – Hell Ship
11 August 2020 – Using DNA to find your Scottish Ancestors
25 August 2020 – Migrations – North America & Australasia
29 September 2020 – Everyday life in a Scottish parish in the 1790s
27 October 2020 – Write your Family History!
24 November 2020 – 1700s – Scotland Invents the Modern World
– all of the talks can be watched on


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 isolation restrictions, all Scottish Festival events have been cancelled for 2020.


Maxville ON – Glengarry Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at ) CANCELLED


Fergus ON – Fergus Scottish Festival – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at ) CANCELLED


As a member of the Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada (CASSOC) we would like to encourage our members to attend and participate in events activities across Canada. For an events list, please see


Join us:

The purposes of our endeavors are:

  • To create a national presence for Clan MacLennan Canada.
  • To communicate information to a broad range of people on a regular basis about Clan happenings and on a regional, provincial, national and worldwide level.
  • To provide a means for Clan members to communicate with each other regardless of distance.
  • To provide easy access to Clan history, both international and domestic, and an opportunity for members to seek and exchange family stories.

To join us please click Join now! – the PDF form may go to your download folder

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Clan MacLennan Tartan & Crested Goods for sale:

Some Canadian McLennans:

Sir John Cunningham McLennan, PhD, FRS, OBE, KBE, Professor of Physics – Clan database ID number i9478

Senator John Stewart McLennan – Politician, Journalist, Businessman, Historian – Clan database ID number i21765

John Hugh McLennan, CC CQ, Author – Clan database ID number i63240

Lieutenant-Colonel Bartlett McLennan, Great War – killed at the Somme – Clan database ID number i21766

Rosie MacLennan, Canadian Olympic Athlete for Trampoline (

Recent events:

August 10th – 12th, 2018 at Fergus ON – 73rd Fergus Scottish Festival – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

August 3rd & 4th, 2018 at Maxville ON – Glengarry Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

July 4 – 8, 2018 – Worldwide Clan MacLennan Gathering, Inverness, Scotland –

August 4th – 5th,  2017 at Maxville ON – 69th Glengarry Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

August 10th – 12th, 2017 at Guelph ON – Scottish North American Leadership Conference (more at )

August 11th – 13th, 2017 at Fergus ON – 72nd Fergus Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

July 14th – 15th,  2017 at Kincardine ON – 40th Cambridge Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

July 7th – 9th,  2017 at Kincardine ON – 18th Kincardine Scottish Scottish Festival and Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

June 17th,  2017 at Cobourg ON – 54th Cobourg Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. (more at )

August 2016 – 71st Fergus Highland Games