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.

Upcoming events:

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

June 2019 – Chicago Scottish Festival & 32nd Annual Highland Games, Itasca, IL  – 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.

Maclennans are encouraged to email to share local highland games & festival event details.

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





Clan MacLennan Tartan & Crested Goods for sale:

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:

April 27 & 28, 2019 – Woodland Celtic Games & Festival in Woodland, California.  Clan MacLennan anticipates hosting a clan tent at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland, CA. 

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. 

August 31 & September 1, 2019 – The Scottish Games in Pleasanton, California.  Clan MacLennan anticipates hosting a clan tent at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for the 154th consecutive Scottish Highland Gathering and Games. Come celebrate the very best of Scottish culture, competition, cuisine and entertainment.


Recent Events:

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

1 year 8 months ago

Reservations made at Beaufort in Inverness for the Gathering of Clan MacLennan 2018 and the celebration of 40 years of our 34th Clan Chief Ronald George MacLennan. I would be happy to get acquainted with fellow MacLennans prior to the Gathering. Please let me know of other occasions or opportunities of meeting clan members in the coming year. Dum Spiro Spero.

2 years 2 months ago

Clan MacLennan has been invited to take part in the "Splash of Tartan" event at Edinburgh Castle Esplanade on 26th August. I am looking for all Clansfolk who are available to come along on the night and support us on the evening. This event will take place on the Esplanade prior to the Military Tattoo and all attendees will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for the show after our parade.

Clan MacLennan USA

2 years 3 months ago

Does anybody in the US MacLennan family have any photos (landscape orientation preferred) from Scottish Games of young MacLennans having fun, dancers, clan tents, or the like?

Our cousin Bruce MacLennan in Australia is updating the worldwide MacLennan website, and coukld really use them!

Please share to this page is you can help.

2 years 6 months ago

I am looking for a kilt. Used would be fine if some has one that doesn't fit or no longer using?

Clan MacLennan USA

2 years 7 months ago

Best wishes to our Chief, Ruairidh MacLennan, and his wife Jillian on the birth of their daughter, Rosie Margaret MacLennan of MacLennan on September 1!

Clan MacLennan USA

2 years 9 months ago

A fun article with useful information for genealogists.

Interesting Facts About Scottish Marriages

Clan MacLennan USA

2 years 11 months ago

July 5-8, 2018

The next international gathering of Clan MacLennan will be in Inverness, Scotland, at the Beaufort House Hotel, July 5-8, 2018.

These gatherings are always special, but this one will be even more so, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ronald's 1978 installation as Clan Chief in Inverness in 1978, restoring us as an organized clan after a more than 330 year gap. (A quick history is here:

Our US side of the family has had only a few representatives at these gatherings in the past, but John MacLennan and Kathy MacLennan attended the last one, in 2014. Their account will be posted at the US Clan MacLennan website shortly. We hope that 2018 will see a larger US group joining in the festivities!

Clan MacLennan USA

3 years 5 months ago

Here's a neat cover of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song." The video was filmed at Eilean Donan Castle, which has been a part of MacLennan history since the end of the 14th Century--also the subject of this page's cover photo.

Watch The Piano Guys amazing Scottish version of Rachel Platten's Fight Song

Clan MacLennan USA

3 years 5 months ago

Our friends as COSCA have asked us to pass this invitation along to any MacLennans in the Cincinnati area:

The Caledonian Society of Cincinnati would like to extend an invitation to everyone to attend our St. Andrew's Ball, November 28th at the Hilton Netherland Plaza, downtown Cincinnati. We have a great room rate reserved of $99 which all are welcome to take advantage of, its a beautiful hotel and would be a great opportunity to come in to Cincinnati for the weekend as we'll have cocktails on Friday night a hotel tour on Saturday at 1:30 then the ball that evening. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or visit the Caledonian Society of Cincinnati Web site.

Robert C.W. Reid
Caledonian Society of Cincinnati