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Clan Buchanan

March 16, 2011


The Buchanan name is Irish, but the clan settled near Loch Lomond in Scotland in the 13th Century.

Motto : Clarior Hinc Honos (Brighter hence the honour)

Members of the Buchanan Clan include a US president
History of Clan Buchanan

…..The Buchanan clan has the one of the oldest established clan societies in Scotland, which owns the clan’s most precious possession, its heartland from which it gets its warcry. This is a small island, measuring just half a mile in length, named Clar Innis or Clarinch, on Loch Lomond. It is on this island that the clan was first recorded in 1225. That was when the island was given to Sir Anselan of Absalon of Buchanan, said to be a son of Macbeth.

…..The Buchanan clan is thought to have origniated in 1016 A.D. when Anselan O’Kyan (or Absalon) fled Ireland. He was the son of the reigning Ulster monarch and was forced to flee Ireland by Canute the Dane. He was then employed by Malcom II (the Scottish king) to defend against Norse attacks in the west. He was awarded land (through marriage into the family of the Earl of Lennox) on the east bank of Loch Lomond. The Buchanan lands lying to the east of Loch Lomond, remained in the clan for nearly seven centuries. The lands and the Buchanan House were sold in 1682 to the 3rd Marquess of Montrose on the death of John, the 22nd laird. Despite the number of cadet branches, the clan became dispersed.

…..Buchanan Castle stands on that land today, although it was built and owned by the Montrose family. It is now surrounded by a golf course, Club Buchanan Castle. The clubhouse sits on the former grounds of Buchanan house. Loch Lomond is within an hours drive of Glasgow and frequent trains to Balloch leave from Glasgow Queen Street Station.

Septs of the Buchanan include : Dewar and MacKinlay.

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