Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

10/11/2004

Scottish Clans

Highland Scots emigrated from Ireland around 375 A.D. displacing native Picts. A Scottish Clan” signifies a family based grouping of the same name in Highland Scotland. “Clan” was not historically a term used throughout Scotland, being reserved by the Highlanders and not used in old times by people of the “low country”.

The term clan was applied to the tribes of Highlanders and to those large and powerful septs into which the Irish people were at one time divided, (as well as to the “freebooters” that inhabited the Scottish borders, each of which had a common surname). Each of these tribes had a chief at its head. These tribes were independent of and often at war with each other, only uniting under a common elected leader when the necessity of resisting a common foe compelled them.

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