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 6,000 visitors, the Games showcases Scottish traditions, culture, and history in a fun and interactive way for people all over the world.

Questions About Clans?

Contact us if you have any questions about clans or how you can find your clan to join.