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

Upcoming events:

Webinar series – Finding your Scottish Ancestors
Isolation buster! Register now!
The first of our fortnightly Webinars hosted by Clan Genealogist Bruce McLennan – “Finding Your Scottish Ancestors: ScotlandsPeople – introduction and a few tricks” will be on Tuesday 16 June. The same meeting will be held in three time zones:
Australasia WAIPU ROOM (14:00 Auckland time)
Europe KINTAIL ROOM (10:00 British Summer time)
Americas – CAPE BRETON ROOM (19:55 Canada Atlantic Daylight time)
To attend, you will need to REGISTER and be approved for each meeting. Invitations have already been sent out for the first meeting.  If you would like to join the meeting, but did not receive an invitation, please email famhist@clanmaclennan-worldwide.com
Future meetings are:
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?
11 August 2020 – Migrations – North America & Australasia

Saturday 25 January 2020 – 156th Turakina Highland Games – meet us at our tent – More at www.turakinahighlandgames.co.nz

Saturday 8 February 2020 – 27th Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo – meet us at our tent – More at www.paeroahighlandgames.co.nz

15 February 2020 – Wellington Pipe band competition

Join us:

Our aims are to:

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

NO ONE IS TOO OLD OR TOO YOUNG TO JOIN !!

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Contacts:

General:
Email: info-nz@clanmaclennan-worldwide.com

Genealogy:
Email: famhist@clanmaclennan-worldwide.com

Clan MacLennan Tartan & Crested Goods for sale:
Visit Ross McClennan’s Scots Corner: www.scotscorner.co.nz

Some New Zealand McLennans:

Professor Ian McLennan – www.otago.ac.nz

Chris McLennan Photography – www.cmphoto.co.nz/

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:

1 Jan 2020 Waipu Games

26 Jan 2019 – 155th Turakina  Highland Games – join us at or tent and parade (More information – www.turakinahighlandgames.co.nz/ )

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 www.turakinahighlandgames.co.nz )

11th February 2017, 9am to 9pm – Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo – at the Paeroa Domain – come and meet us at our Clan tent (more at www.paeroahighlandgames.co.nz ) – 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 www.turakinahighlandgames.co.nz )

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5 days ago

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FYSA VIDEOS now available
With the completion of the original planned Zoom meetings “Finding your Scottish ancestors”, the video recordings of all seven meetings are now available to watch on our website.
Go to www.clanmaclennan-worldwide.com/genealogy and look for “Finding your Ancestors videos” in the left (dark) menu. Topics include: Using ScotlandsPeople, Using our Clan Records, Where did my ancestors live?, Extreme migration voyage - Hell Ship, Finding your ancestors with DNA, Migrations to North America and Australasia.
Future meetings will be held monthly - on the last Tuesday of the month – commencing 29 September. Members will receive an invitation to REGISTER for the next meeting.
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2 weeks ago

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FYSA 7 - 1790s EVERYDAY LIFE in Alness parish – 29 Sep 2020 – Hold that date!
Finding your Scottish Ancestors Zoom meetings – extended by popular demand!
The next session will be a demonstration of planned future meetings around the theme “1790s everyday life in X parish” – a number of parishes will be chosen for presentations over the next year - for research by group members. This meeting will demonstrate how we can research everyday life in Scotland in the 1790s. Times will continue as previously.
Hold that date!
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2 weeks ago

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Looking for a last-minute Fathers' Day gift?
A DNA kit might be the perfect gift you're looking for!
And, following the recent Zoom meeting, “Finding your Ancestors with DNA” with Alasdair Macdonald, our website now has instructions on how to bring test results from Ancestry, 23andMe and other companies into the “MacLennan DNA Project”. It is in everybody’s interests to have as many of our DNA results all in the one place: MacLENNAN DNA PROJECT – see: www.clanmaclennan-worldwide.com/dna for how to be part of this exciting project.
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4 weeks ago

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FYSA 6 – MIGRATIONS – North America & Australasia - 25 Aug – REGISTER to join
The sixth of our fortnightly Zoom meetings will be on Tuesday, 25 August
The meeting will look at Scottish migration to different parts of the world. Where did your Scottish ancestors come from, motivation to migrate, how they travelled, where they settled and other aspects.

All members who have attended other meetings in our series "Finding your Scottish Ancestors" will receive an invitation before the meeting.
If you would like to attend for the first time please email famhist (at) clanmaclennan-worldwide.com

Back to normal times: WAIPU 14.00 NZ time, 12.00 Aust Eastern; KINTAIL 10.00 British Summer; CAPE BRETON 20.00 Halifax NS

Image: Notice in the Morning Chronicle, 16 May 1851
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FYSA 6 – MIGRATIONS – North America & Australasia - 25 Aug
The sixth of our fortnightly Zoom meetings will be at 2pm NZ time on Tuesday 25 August
The meeting will look at Scottish migration to different parts of the world. Where they came from, motivation, how they travelled, where they settled and other aspects.

All members who have attended other meetings in our series Finding your Scottish Ancestors will receive an invitation before the meeting. HOLD THAT DATE!
If you would like to attend for the first time please email famhist (at) clanmaclennan-worldwide.com

122 migrants on the Bengal Merchant arrived Wellington in February 1840, after a tedious voyage of 113 days. There was much work ahead of them to make a new life. Already, three McLennan brothers were well established at today's Russell.
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1 month ago

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KINTAIL ROOM on-line meeting - Finding your Ancestors with DNA - 11 August - for 9pm NZ - Register Now! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Hold that date – FYSA 5 – USING DNA to find your Scottish ancestors – Aug 11

This fifth meeting in our series ‘Finding your Scottish Ancestors’ focuses on DNA.

In the last few years genetic genealogy has seen tremendous change, both in the range of tests available and the level of information that test results can deliver. However, it can all be rather confusing new-comers. Just how useful are DNA tests and are they accurate? What is the best test to take and what can I expect from test results? Is one company better than another?

If you have any question about DNA testing for genealogy then please come along to the webinar which will provide some guidance and seek to answer your questions.

The session will be presented by administrator of the Clan MacLennan DNA Project, Alastair Macdonald. Alasdair is a Teaching Fellow and Lead Tutor in the Department of Genealogical Studies in the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His research interests focus on the use of DNA in genealogical research. Alasdair is an administrator of the MacLennan DNA Project and a number of other DNA Projects including the Scottish DNA Project all of which are hosted by Family Tree DNA.

The meetings will be on Tuesday, August 11 for most attendees.
The KINTAIL ROOM meeting will be at the usual time of 10.00am British summer time = 9pm NZ
The CAPE BRETON ROOM meeting will change to 11.00am Halifax time
There will be no WAIPU ROOM meeting – we suggest from NZ to attend the Kintail room meeting at 9pm NZ time

Everyone who has been attending the series Finding your Scottish Ancestors will receive an invitation to register closer to the time.

HOLD THAT DATE!
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2 months ago

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WATCH the HELL SHIP trailer

Michael Veitch one-man show of his book “Hell Ship” trailer is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5Ad8rA7Njc&feature=youtu.be

Hear Michael talk about the true story of the extreme plague ship migration voyage in 1852 - at our SPECIAL Zoom meeting next week:

KINTAIL ROOM Tues 4 Aug at 10am Scotland/ 7pm Melbourne / 9pm NZ
or
CAPE BRETON ROOM Tues 4 Aug at 8pm Halifax NS / Weds 5 Aug at 9am Melbourne / Weds 5 Aug at 11am NZ

You will need to REGISTER beforehand to attend – enquiries to: famhist@clanmaclennan-worldwide.com

Book to attend the live streamed performance of the stage show at artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au/Whats_On_-_Buy_Tickets/Hell_Ship_-_The_Journey_of_the_Ticonderoga

A SPECIAL meeting of our on-line series “Finding your Scottish Ancestors”

Clan MacLennan Genealogy
www.clanmaclennan-worldwide.com/genealogy
- includes link to the free e-book: A Guide to MacLennan Places across Scotland
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