Clans

Which Clan Do You Hail From?

The Scottish people are known for their fierce loyalty to kinship and the clan system is proof of this. Discover your heritage and learn more of the clans that define Scotland at the Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering!

During the Games, you can find clan tents lining the grounds. Many clans will be represented, from Armstrongs, MacDougalls, and Wallaces. By visiting these tents, you can learn more of the history of these clans, including their signature tartans, and maybe even learn more about yourself. With a genealogy tent on the grounds, you have a chance to discover more of your history and lineage and may find that you are part Scottish as well!

The Gaelic definition of the word Clan is children. A clan is a social group who share a common ancestor. A clan also includes a number of dependent and associated families who have either sought the protection of the clan or have been tenants or vassals of its chief. All members of the clan owe allegiance to the chief. This tradition of adopting strangers into the clan and creating traditions and bonds with clansmen is a defining trait of the Scottish people.

The Scottish people have made a large impact on South Carolina, helping it to become the state it is today. From music and food, to political and scientific contributions, Scottish heritage is something to be celebrated and promoted in modern life. The Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering is on a mission to do just that. With an annual event bringing in over 8,000 visitors, the Games showcases Scottish traditions, culture, and history in a fun and interactive way for people all over the world.

Here is a list of the clans that have registered to attend the 48th Annual Highland Games this year.

Clan Anderson Society Ltd.
Clan Armstrong
Clan Colquhoun
Clan Cameron
Clan Campbell
Clan Davidson Society
Clan Donald
Clan Donnachaidh of the Carolinas
Clan Douglas
Clan Elliot
Clan Fraser Society of North America
Clan Graham
Clan Hamilton Society
Clan Henderson Society
Clan MacFarlane Society Int’l
Clan Mackenzie
Clan MacLean
Clan MacLeod USA
Clan MacMillan
Clan MacNaughton
Clan MacNeil
Clan McClellan
Clan McLaine 0f Lochbuie
Clan McLeod of the Carolinas
Clan Nesbitt/ Nisbet
Clan Oliver
Clan Ramsey
Clan Ramsey International
Clan Shaw
Clan Skene
Clan Strachan
Clan Sutherland of North America
Clan Veatch
Clan Young
Daughters of 1812 Waxhaw Society
Family of Bruce
First (Scots) Church
House of Burnett
House of Gordon
Kennedy Society of North America
Murray Clan Society
Nat. Soc US Daughters of 1812 / Low Country Chap. Sir George Johnston

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Questions About Clans?

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