Five Sisters of Kintail – MacLennan homeland

Plockton, Lochalsh parish, Scotland

Night piping fun on the Clarence

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Welcome to Clan MacLennan Grafton

Our Clan Association was the first outside Scotland. Many of our members are descendants of the brother and sisters Alexander (Sandy) or Catherine or Christina McLennan – from Lochalsh parish on the west coast of Scotland. Alexander had married Mary Matheson in Lochalsh parish in 1833. They had planned to migrate to Nova Scotia but heard Rev John Dunmore Lang speaking about opportunities in Australia and changed their plans.  They sailed on the first of Dr Lang’s Highland Emigrants Ships the “William Nicol” from the Isle of Skye  on 06 Jul 1837, arriving in Sydney Cove 27 Oct 1837. At first they settled in the Hunter and, after nine years, moved on to the New England and the Clarence, Alexander and family residing for many years on the Orara.

In 1846, with brother-in-law William Freeman (Catherine’s husband), Alexander pioneered the first overland route from Armidale to South Grafton.

“When residing at Glen Ferneigh in the forties, fifties and early sixties, Mr and Mrs Alexander McLennan were widely known for their open-hearted hospitality. Mrs McLennan survived her husband 17 years, and leaves 140 surviving descendants – four sons and four daughters, 72 grandchildren, and, 60 great grandchildren.” (Clarence & Richmond Examiner 6 Aug 1898)

As well as family trees, our Genealogy section has thousands of pages of documentation by Thora McLeod and David Freeman – available to all subscribers to this Clan association – Click on “Genealogy” in the left menu, then “Register for a user account” – please fill in the form and save it before emailing – also quote your Association membership details.

Alexander is ID number i1891 in the Clan database. Please look for the “Histories” and other media items at the foot of his page.

Our banner features one of our many famous jacaranda trees. The left-side image is the MacLennan homeland, Kintail, on the west coast of Scotland. The 1920s “castle” was built on ruins left since the Jacobite “Rising” of 1719.

Upcoming events:

30 – 31 March 2018 (Easter) Maclean Highland Games – more information at

Thursday 31st May – Sunday 3rd June 2018 – Bonnie Wingham, NSW – We are “Clan of Honour” – join us for our Clan Re-union Click here to book the Re-Union – Also Genealogy day, Bus tour of Clan sites, Clan Tent, Parade, Grand Ball and  more. North Coast NSW McLennans especially welcome. More at

Wednesday 4th – 8th July 2018 – Worldwide Clan Gathering, Inverness – Click on menu item 2018 Gathering

Join us:

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 major clan gatherings each year in Melbourne 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.



President: Malcolm McLennan,
PO Box 247, South Grafton, NSW 2460 Australia

Vice President: Errol Newton,
101 Cambridge Street, South Grafton NSW 2460

Secretary: Melba Austen,
98 Eatonsville Road, Waterview Heights NSW 2460 Phone +61 (0) 2 6644 9290

Treasurer: Thora McLeod,
27 Bimble Avenue, South Grafton NSW 2460 Phone +61 (0) 2 6642 1479

Newsletter Editor: Kristene Maguire,
53 Ironbark Avenue, Sandy Beach NSW 2456 Phone +61 (0) 2 66562895 Mobile: +61 (0) 458 062 895

Genealogy: Bruce McLennan – email:

Past events:


Facebook Posts


Join us at Bonnie Wingham 2018 as “Clan of Honour”
I am writing to let you know that our Clan will this year play an important part in the three-day “Bonnie Wingham” – as the “Clan of Honour” with an integral part in many of the activities. A great programme has been arranged and the call is going out to McLennans everywhere to come along and support the event. I hope you and your family and friends will be able to join us. Some of the main events are listed below:
Thursday 31 May –
10.00 Genealogy Fair: Wingham Services Club until 3.30pm.
Presentations will include special coverage of McLennans of the NSW North Coast. Our Clan will also have a stall at this event. David Freeman is preparing a new edition of his book about McLennans of the Manning. David’s books about Alexander McLennan and Catherine Freeman (nee McLennan) will also be available.
6.30 MacLennan Clan Re-Union Dinner: Our private Gathering at the Wingham Golf Club function rooms, with MC Ian McLennan from Maclean. A fun evening of entertainment and fellowship for MacLennan descendants. A separate booking form is enclosed.
Friday 1 June –
7.30 Poet’s Breakfast
10.00 District bus tour focussed on McLennan localities.
7.00 Scottish Fun Night with MacLennan music
Saturday 2 June –
9.30 Street Parade. As Clan of Honour, we want to put on a good turn-out for the Street Parade. Please make every attempt to fall in behind our banner. Come to the Parade assembly point at 9.15 or just step out from the sides. Wear a splash of tartan!
9.45 Highland Games and Clan stalls We will be in the Clans area all day with Clan goods for sale at our stall. Come along and meet our Clan genealogists, ask any genealogy questions, bring your family trees and any relevant birth, death or marriage certificates.
7.00 Grand Scottish Ball Please join us at our table. Book with MVHS website or phone 6553 5823 or 6553 5412. Bookings close on 18 May.
Sunday 3 June –
7.30 Lay-lead Church Service, Talk from David Freeman, Blessing of Banners,
followed by BBQ Breakfast
11.00 Luncheon and Ceilidh with McLennan emphasis until 1.30
The full extensive programme can be found on the website of the Manning Valley Historical Society – Apart from our Clan Re-Union Dinner, all events can be booked through this website or phone 6556 9057. Bookings close 18 May 2018.

Yours sincerely, Malcolm McLennan, President - links to Bonnie Wingham 2018

Further information
Most Festival events take place at the Wingham Services Club or on the Central Square in front.
The Clan Re-Union evening will be at the Country Club. (lifts available). - links to Bonnie Wingham 2018
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Clan MacLennan Australia are holding their annual gathering in Sydney on November 11, should any members and friends wish to attend. Details below. Please see webpage for booking information:

"It’s on again! The Clan Informal Gathering in Sydney, 11 November 2017 at the Roseville Club.

Starts at 5.30 with the popular Scottish game “Throw the Sheep”, for children of all ages.

A fun evening of self-made entertainment and jokes.

We hope you can join us on Saturday 11 November. Please feel you can invite others."
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Bonnie Wingham 2017

1st - 3rd June
The extensive programme can be found on the website of the Manning Valley Historical Society –
Some of the opportunities are listed below:
Thursday 1 June – Genealogy Fair: Wingham Services Club 10am to 3.30pm. From mid-morning Bruce MacLennan will be running a stall at this event. You would be most welcome to join him in the presentations room.
Friday 2 June – various events – including Poet’s Breakfast & History tour
Saturday 3 June – Parade and Clan stalls
Clan MacLennan will be part of the “Street Parade”. Come to the Parade assembly point at 9.15 or just step out from the sides behind the Clan MacLennan banner. Wear a splash of tartan.
Clan MacLennan will have a tent in the Clans area all day and two Clan genealogists will be present. You can ask genealogy questions, bring your family trees and any relevant birth, death or marriage certificates.
This year Camerons are the “Clan of Honour” and next year our Clan will be Clan of Honour at Wingham. We are expecting a major “McLennan Reunion” at Wingham next year. Special events will need planning and assistance to make this a special occasion.
Our Clan has an extensive genealogy database going back to the earliest Scottish records. You can read more about this facility at

If you are unable to join us at Bonnie Wingham, please feel you can join one of our Clan associations – please Google Clan MacLennan Grafton for an application form.
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