Five Sisters of Kintail, Scotland - MacLennan homeland

Southern Alps near Fairlie

Hamilton Caledonian Pipeband wears the MacLennan tartan

Welcome to Clan MacLennan New Zealand. Our Clan genealogy pages for New Zealand have probably the best coverage of any region in the world – with roots going back to Scotland and elsewhere. The evidence for the work include official record citations, certificates, headstones and much more. We have good coverage of the McLennans who migrated from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to Waipu (and surrounds). Access to the on-line Clan database is available simply by joining the Clan association – please click on “Membership application” on this page.

We attend Highland Gatherings in different parts of NZ, our Facebook page is a place to connect with other Clan members.

A free Clan travel guide is available as an eBook from the Genealogy section of this website – click on “Scotland Travel Guide” – Genealogy

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Our aims are to:

  • assist clanfolk to better understand their heritage and
  •  to assist each other to research family ancestors.


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Clan MacLennan Tartan & Crested Goods for sale:
Visit Ross McClennan’s Scots Corner:

Some New Zealand McLennans:

Professor Ian McLennan –

Chris McLennan Photography –

Edward Duncan McLennan – Killed at Gallipoli – see also Clan database record for Edward Duncan

Duncan McLennan and family memorials at Papakura – see also Clan database record for Duncan McLennan 1810-1898

Stewart Bell McLennan – see also Clan database record for Stewart Bell McLennan

 Andrew McLennan – musician, singer, and songwriter – see Clan database records for Andrew McLennan

Recent events:

26 Jan 2019 – 155th Turakina  Highland Games – join us at or tent and parade (More information – )

July 2018 – Worldwide Clan Gathering, Inverness, Scotland – 2018 Gathering

28th January 2017 – 153rd Turakina Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent. Join us in the Clans March at 12.30 am. (more at )

11th February 2017, 9am to 9pm – Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo – at the Paeroa Domain – come and meet us at our Clan tent (more at ) – join us in the Parade at 11.00 am.

30 January 2016 – 152nd Turakina Highland Games – come and meet us at our Clan tent (more at )

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Clan MacLennan NZ

10 months 1 week ago

Piper Chris McLennan from Cininnati at start of Ceilidh in Dores Hall

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10 months 1 week ago

Clan Parliament and Civic reception in the Inverness Town House 2018

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10 months 1 week ago

Matthew Maclennan Scottish Dance Band played at 2018 Ceilidh in the Dores Hall. A great night was had by all.

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10 months 1 week ago

Neil McLennan, University of Aberdeen, historian, writer and community leader gave the well-received Keynote Address to a large number of Clan members as part of the 2018 Clan Gathering, in Inverness, Capital of the Highlands.

1 year 2 weeks ago

Alistair MacLennan
Admin · 41 mins
We intend to hold a raffle over the Weekend of the Gathering.
In respect of this, I would be obliged if Clans-folk could donate a prize. We intend to hold this at the Ceilidh on the Friday evening in Dores. Any gift, (no matter how small or silly), would be appreciated and thanks in advance.

1 year 2 weeks ago

Alistair MacLennan
Admin · Just now
Can I remind Clans-folk coming to the Gathering to attend registration on the Thursday evening. This is in order to pick up tickets and itinerary for the weekend. It will also give everyone a chance to meet old friends, (and make new ones), as well as meeting the Scottish Committee who are running the whole event.

1 year 1 month ago

AND from Alistair MacLennan:
For anyone wishing to attend the Gathering and would like to purchase any Clan memorabilia, Scotclans is going to have a shop at the Beaufort Hotel on Thursday and Friday 5th and 6th July. At the same time, if you would like to purchase anything for the Gathering, you can order that item online and pick it up from them in Inverness, thus saving packaging and posting. They can be contacted online at: for information -; for sales; and for help - You can also contact them via landline at: 0131 555 0248. They are asking for at least 4 weeks notice (prior to the Gathering), for any gifts that may need making up, (ie kilts etc), although it may be prudent to give them a bit more time for these items. If you are ordering anything please remember to quote "MacLennan" in order to obtain a discount, and make it clear that your order is for our Gathering and you will pick it up in Inverness.

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1 year 6 months ago

City of Rotorua band in action at Paeroa 2017

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1 year 6 months ago

All Blacks haka in Spain

Congratulations to All Blacks on Spain's highest sporting award - Princess of Asturias - and perform haka.

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