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    Colquhoun Clan




    This name comes from the Gaelic place name "cuil cumhann" meaning "narrow corner". The location of Colquhoun (pronounced "ca-hoon" with the accent on the second syllable) is on the western shores of Loch Lomond. Umfphredus de Kilpatrick was granted the lands by the Earl of Lennox in the 13th century, during the reign of King Alexander II. He adopted the surname from the name of the area. Initially, he lived at Dunglas castle, which was not far from the royal Dumbarton Castle. Later, the Colquhouns became the keepers of that castle.
    The chiefs obtained lands at Luss (the village is pictured here) through marriage in the 14th century. In the 15th century, Sir John Colquhoun became Comptroller of the Royal Household and expanded the estates to include the forests of Rossdhu and Glenmachome, plus the estates of Kilmardinny. Sir John was one of those who negotiated at the court of King Edward IV of England, trying to arrange the marriage of the young King James IV and Edward's daughter. While this was not successful, it was the later marriage of James IV to Margaret Tudor which led eventually to the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

    In the 16th century, a Colquhoun emigrated to Sweden and began a cannon making factory. Names such as Cahun, Caun, Gahn and Kharun can still be found in Sweden.
    The Colquhouns were attacked by the Highland clans on a number of occasions. In 1602, following a raid on his property by the MacGregors, Alexander Colquhoun of Luss was given a royal commission to pursue the clan. In 1603, Alasdair MacGregor of Glenstrae led around 400 men from Loch Long into the head of Glen Fruin. The chief of the Colquhouns, with 500 men and 300 horse, advanced up the glen to meet the attack. The MacGregors split their forces into two and while one half began the battle, the other half swung through the hills and attacked the Colquhouns from the rear. They were driven into a peat bog (where their cavalry were useless) and suffered heavy losses. It was following this incident that the MacGregor name was proscribed (banned). It was not until the end of the 18th century that the chiefs of the two clans brought their enmity to an end by shaking hands on the site of the battle in Glen Fruin.

    The 11th Laird of Luss was made a Baronet of Nova Scotia in 1625. But a few years later he was accused of seducing his wife's sister by means of witchcraft and became a fugitive. The estates were forfeited but recovered by his son.

    The 5th Baronet of Luss was a member of the Scottish Parliament at the time of the Act of Union and vigorously opposed it.

    Through marriage, James Grant of Pluscardine succeeded to the estates. His fourth son, Sir James Grant Colquhoun, succeeded to the estates and built a mansion at Rossdhu which was the seat of the chiefs until recently. The crest shown here is from the gates at the former enrance to the estate.

    In the USA the name is often found as Calhoun (there was a vice-president of the USA of that name). Cohen is another form of the name.

    A Colquhoun clan centre has been opened in Luss, on the banks of Loch Lomond.

    The Colquhoun clan motto is "Si je puis" which means "If I can".

    Surnames regarded as septs (sub-branch) of the Colquhoun clan include Cowan, Ingram, King, MacCowan and MacManus.

    http://www.rampantscotland.com/clans...ncolquhoun.htm

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    From what i can tell i am from the clan "Sassanach".....not the oldest clan known to the Scots but probably the fiercest and most powerfull.
    Our clannish ways still govern most of Scotland and the Scots still speak our Sassanach language.......

    Our clan tartan is a white background with white linen crosses woven into it.



    Sassenach is a word used chiefly by the Scots to designate an Englishman. It derives from the Scottish Gaelic Sasunnach meaning, originally, "Saxon", from the Latin "Saxones"; it was also formerly applied by Highlanders to (non-Gaelic-speaking) Lowlanders.As employed by Scots or Scottish English-speakers today it is usually used in jest, as a (friendly) term of abuse. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) gives 1771 as the date of the earliest written use of the word in English.

    Sasanach, the Irish-language word for an Englishman, has the same derivation, as do the words used in Welsh to describe the English people (Saeson, sing. Sais) and the language and things English in general: Saesneg and Seisnig. These words are normally, however, used only in the Irish and Welsh languages themselves.

    Cornish also terms English Sawsnek from the same derivation. Some Cornish were known to use the expression 'Meea navidna cowza sawzneck!' to feign ignorance of the English language

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    Here is mine for O'Dubh Ghaill.

    Hope I am not too off base posting an Irish clan here, specially since it has Germanic and Scottish roots.


    Tartan

    Green for its Irishness
    Red for the warlike Danish Vikings
    Gold for glory and wealth



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    GUNN Clan here.

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    Kincaid, which I believe is a lowland clan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyAtkins View Post
    From what i can tell i am from the clan "Sassanach".....not the oldest clan known to the Scots but probably the fiercest and most powerfull.
    Our clannish ways still govern most of Scotland and the Scots still speak our Sassanach language.......

    Funny... and I am in that same clan.

    I have a my Scottish genealogy going back many generations, including both direct and indirect lines, and you know what?

    A pretty even mix of people with both highland names (mainly West highland) and lowland names (all Anglo Saxon) marrying each other. So, Saxon works for me...

    Add to that the Scots/Irish (Ulster Scots) contribution from my paternal side and you get a pretty solid Anglo Saxon majority all from within the borders of what we call Scotland (or Northern Ireland).

    Hammish

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    I'm such a newb, is there a technical way to become a member of a clan? My mothers maiden name is Scott, and her mothers maiden name is Stuart, we are related to Mary Queen of Scotland.

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    My mom was talking to the family again and found out we are descended from the Macneils. I did some research and they seems interesting.

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    Several, if I go back far enough (MacRory, MacAlpin, MacDuff).

    But the clan that my grandmother, who was the real Scot in my life, was MacKenzie - and we had best remember that, according to her. However, also according to her, none of us were entitled to claim any tartan, unless we kept her name. This my father actually considered doing - and oddly, her husband also considered changing his name (but she wouldn't allow it - and he eventually chose another Scottish name for himself, though his name was French). My father was very close to his mother's brother, a MacKenzie who was truly entitled to the tartan.

    I've thought about adding her name to mine (legally), to adhere to the rules of clan membership, because I do have a piece of MacKenzie tartan that I wear - although thousands of other non-MacKenzies also wear it, it's a beautiful and common pattern.
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    From Ferguson, although sadly a great-great-great-grandfather who was angry at his father changed the spelling to Furgerson... non too pleased when I learned that

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