Kintail, Scotland - MacLennan homeland

Clan tent at US Highland Games

Highland Games parade


Patrick Howard

Patrick Howard

Welcome to Clan MacLennan USA

We attend Highland Gatherings in different parts of the US.  Our Facebook page is a place to connect with your US MacLennan relatives.

The Clan MacLennan genealogy pages are a place where your ancestors can be properly recorded for posterity.  We already have over 35,000 individuals in our Clan database – with roots going back to Scotland and across the globe. The evidence for the work include official record citations, certificates, headstones and much more. We have coverage of the MacLennans who migrated directly to the US and others via Canada.

Access to the on-line Clan genealogy database is available simply by joining our Clan Association—our membership link should go active soon.

Our most significant event this year was the 2018 Highland Gathering in Inverness, Scotland.  Many US members attended and plans are being made for the next gathering in 2022. To find out more about this year’s gathering, please click on the menu item “2018 Gathering“.

Historical Tidbit:
McLennan County, Texas, is named for Neil McLennan who migrated with his family from Skye in Scotland to North Carolina in 1801 and later to Florida then Texas in self-made ships.  His was one of the first European families to settle in Texas. The right-side banner picture above is an oil-on-canvas mural entitled “McLennan Looking for a Home” painted by Jose Aceves in 1939 as a mural in the Post Office at Mart, TX. Neil is ID number i36535 in our Clan database at  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.

Our Aims:

Our aims are charitable, educational, cultural and genealogical, namely:

  • Continuation of the family traditions of the MacLennan clan and septs
  • Cultivation of a spirit of kinship and fellowship among members
  • Recording and preservation of the history and heritage of Clan MacLennan and Septs
  • Collection and preservation of the records, traditions, and historical matters regarding Celtic people in Scotland and elsewhere
  • Sponsoring of educational programs regarding the history and culture of the clan and Scotland
  • Assistance to persons eligible for membership in the Association
  • Acclaim of the Clan motto “Dum Spiro Spero”
  • Encouragement of members to participate in the leadership of the Association
  • Supply information and assistance to regional Clan Organizations, except to the extent that such assistance might hinder or restrict these organizations.

Organization Structure

President:  Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) C. Patrick Howard
Secretary & Historian:  Marilyn Baumeister
Treasurer:  Dale Young
Chaplain:  Charlie McLendon
At Large:  Don Waugh II

Eileen MacLennan Johnson
Don Waugh





Some US McLennans:

Neil McLennan, Texas pioneer – Clan database ID number i36535

General Kenneth McLennan, US Marines, served in Korea, Vietnam, Gulf etc – Clan database ID number i22525

Dr Donald McLennan, Medical doctor of San Francisco, Tonga and Hawaii – Clan database ID number i63812

Upcoming Events:

Maclennans are encouraged to email to share local highland games & festival event details. Please email with any questions you may have, suggestions, or opportunities on how clan members can connect at 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 ScotlandsPeople
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

Recent Events:

April 4, 2020  New York City Tartan Day Parade. This date is predicted. We hope to organize Clan members from across the USA, Scotland & Worldwide to march together. More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

October 12 – 13, 2019 – Ventura, CA.  Clan MacLennan will be hosting a booth at the Seaside Highland Games October 12th and 13th, at Seaside Park in Ventura, CA.  Stop by and see us. The Amtrak station is right across the street.

August 31 & September 1, 2019 – The Scottish Games.  The 154th consecutive Scottish Highland Gathering and Games was hosted at the Alameda County Fairgrounds celebrating the very best of Scottish culture, competition, cuisine and entertainment. in Pleasanton, California.

September 20 – 22, 2019New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival, Loon Mountain Resort, Lincoln, NH

October 7, 2019 Scotland Connecticut Highland Games. 32nd Annual Highland Games in Scotland, CT

August 25, 2019Long Island Scottish Festival & Games.  59th Annual Festival with bagpipes, caber tossing, concerts, food, and kids’ games, this festival is for everyone. Parade of pipe bands and colors salute at Noon. Auxiliary parking at Westbury High School.

June 14 & 15, 2019 – The Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Itasca, Illinois.  Chicago Scots present the Midwest’s largest Scottish event, the 33rd Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games. The Illinois Saint Andrew Society proudly nourishes Scottish identity through service, fellowship and celebration of Scottish culture in order to support two principle charities, the Scottish Home and the Caledonian House Memory Care Facility. Celtic Rock Stage, Heavy Athletics, Rugby, Highland Dance Competition, Pipe Band Competition, Whisky Tent, Brew Garden, British Car Show, Parade of the Tartans, Haggis Hurling Contest, Haggis Eating Contest, Shortbread contest, Dogs of Scotland Agility Show, food, shopping, and much more.  Click here for more information as it becomes available.

May 25 & 26, 2019Scottish Fest 2019 in Costa Mesa, California. Clan MacLennan hosted a tent for this Memorial Day Weekend celebration in Southern California.

Clan MacLennan Tent, Costa Mesa, CA

April 27 & 28, 2019 – Woodland Celtic Games & Festival in Woodland, California.

February 16 & 17, 2019 – Queen Mary Highland Games & Competitions.  26th Annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games in Long Beach, CA.

October 19th – 21st, 2018 – Stone Mountain Games, Stone Mountain Park/Atlanta, GA. Click here for more information on the 46th Annual Stone Mountain Games.

July 4th-8th, 2018 – Clan MacLennan Worldwide Gathering in Inverness, Scotland.   Clansfolk from America joined MacLennans from around the world in celebration of our shared Clan heritage.   A large group of Americans with Mac/McLennan family links traveled  to the Worldwide Clan Gathering in Inverness, Scotland, hosted by Chief Ruairidh MacLennan of MacLennan and the Scotland Association.

June 10th, 2017 – Mother Lode Highland Games, Plymouth, CA – California convener Eileen MacLennan Johnson hosted a MacLennan tent at the Mother Lode Games. More at