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Clan & Family Village

Saturday 28 June and Sunday 29 June

Bannockburn Live will be a family reunion like no other. Clans and families from around Scotland, the UK and the wider world will come together to mark this historic occasion. Each clan society and family represented at the event will have their own pavilion, where they will fly their family colours and hang their crests. Hear clan members talk of colourful histories and find out more about how you can get involved in modern clan societies. 

Take a step into your own past and discover more about your Scottish ancestry with the help of ScotlandsPeople, the official and unique genealogical resource for Scotland. The ScotlandsPeople team will be on hand at dedicated computer terminals in the village, offering expert advice on the types of ancestral records available on their website and at the National Records of Scotland, as well as giving demonstrations and offering help to get you started researching your family history.

MacDonald and Rees Ltd, specialists in ancestral exploration, will also be on hand to offer their guidance and assistance. Their leading genealogists combine meticulous research with the interpretation of cutting edge DNA science to unlock the bedrock of your family story. Carefully placing this in the context of well-known historical events, their writers then piece together your personal family history.

Find out more about who took part in the Battle of Bannockburn 1314. Uncover details such as who was captured or who met their fate and learn lots of fascinating facts about the historical event – you might be surprised to hear how many of the leaders from both sides of the battlefield were actually related to one another. You may even discover that you are descended from one of the battle’s participants using DNA testing from the findings of the University of Strathclyde’s Bannockburn genealogy research project.

In addition, there will be talks from exhibitors and also offering assistance will be renowned genealogy expert Dr Bruce Durie. The only Scotland-based member of the International Academy for Genealogy, a Fellow of Strathclyde University and Shennachie (genealogist and historian) to the Chief of Durie, he is best known for his many books and the long-running BBC Radio series Digging Up Your Roots and A House With a Past. He also teaches genealogy, documents and heraldry courses for the University of Edinburgh.

Check out the running order of talks by genealogy experts in the Clan & Family Village.

The following Clans and Families will be at the event.


Clan Arthur

At Bannockburn in 1314, the MacArthurs fought alongside Robert the Bruce. Clan Arthur was a powerful force until 1427 when King James I of Scotland beheaded Chief Iain MacArthur with other clan chiefs.


The Association of Highland Clans and Societies

The AHCS brings together societies and chiefs/commanders of Highland Clans to share experience in the running of clans, organise joint clan-related events, represent members in discussions with bodies out with the Highlands, promote projects of benefit to clans, and spread of knowledge about the nature and history of clans in the Highlands.


Clan Boyd/House of Boyd

Sir Robert Boyd was a staunch supporter of Robert the Bruce and was one of the commanders at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. His gallantry on the field of battle was rewarded with lands in Ayrshire which were confiscated from the Balliols, including Kilmarnock and Bondington.


Clan Buchanan

The Buchanan Society is the oldest Scottish Clan Society in the world. The motto of the Clan is Clarior Hinc Honos – ‘Henceforth forward the honour shall grow ever brighter’ , and the motto of the Society is Audaces Juvo – ‘I Help the Brave’ .


Clan Bruce

Bruce is one of the most famous surnames in Scottish history and has produced one of the country’ s most famous historical icons. Robert the Bruce led Scottish forces in the Wars of Independence in the late 13th and early 14th century, including the Battle of Bannockburn 1314. The name originates from France’ s northern coast, deriving from the name Bruis, or De Bruis.


Clan Cameron

Situated on a pleasant plain by the river Arkaig, near Spean Bridge, Achnacarry is the family seat of Donald Angus Cameron of Lochiel, XXVII Chief and Captain of Clan Cameron. The building itself replaces the original wooden building destroyed during the 1745 uprising.


Clan Chattan Association

The Clan Chattan is a confederation of Clans including the principal Clans of Mackintosh, MacGillivray, Macpherson, Farquharson, MacPhail, Davidson, MacBean, Shaw, MacThomas, Macleans of Dochgarroch, MacQueens of Strathdearn and MacIntyres in Badenoch.


Clan Carmichael

The name Carmichael originates from the Southern Uplands but during the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries the Carmichaels travelled widely where they became kinsmen of the Stewarts of Galloway. Later on they settled in Lismore and Appin as kinsmen of the Stewarts of Appin and the MacDougals.


Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (inc COSCA)

COSCA is a service and advocacy organization that provides support and assistance to the many Scottish clans and organizations active in the United States.


Clan Crawford

The Crawford surname is of Scottish origin and has been traced to the upper Clyde River Valley in Lanarkshire. The surname is can be traced back to the late 11th century when the Barony of Crawford is noted in various records.


Clan Cunningham

Clan Cunningham is a Lowland Family, as opposed to a Highland Clan. Warnebald is the earliest known in the Cunningham line and was a vassal under Hugh de Morville, constable of Scotland, in the middle of the 12th century.


Clan Currie (MacMhuirich)

The Clan MacMhuirich, or Currie, is one of Scotland’ s oldest clans. The MacMhuirichs served for over 700 years as poets to the Lords of the Isles and later the MacDonalds of Clanranald. Through the MacMhuirichs, the literary torch of Scotland was preserved for centuries.


Clan Donnachaidh Society

The clan, which is compiled of surnames Duncan, Robertson and Reid, was drawn into the political struggles of the Stuart kings. Alexander Robertson of Struan, ‘The Poet Chief’ , was a fervent Jacobite supporter who took part in the Jacobite Risings of 1689, 1715 and 1745.


Clan Fergus/Fergusson

Clan Ferguson, or Fergusson, is a Scottish clan. Known as the ‘Sons of Fergus’ , they were originally spread across Scotland, from as far as Ross-shire in the north to Dumfriesshire in the south.


Clan Fraser

Since very early days when the Frasers settled in the Highlands of Scotland, Clan Fraser played a central role in Highland politics for centuries. Sir Simon Fraser fought in the Scottish army at Bannockburn in 1314 and was slain alongside two of his brothers.


Herd Family Association

The origins of the Herd surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Great Britain. The name is likely to have derived from families who worked as herdsmen.


Clan Hay

Clan Hay is one of the few Scottish clans to have its own pipe band, which will be performing Bannockburn Live. The annual gathering of Clan Hay takes place at the Aboyne Games in Aberdeenshire every August.


Clan Henderson Society

The Hendersons claim to have descended from a Pictish king, running down through five unique bloodlines which evolved in the regions of Caithness, Fordell, Glencoe, Shetlands/Liddesdale and Ulster. Hendersons from the Glencoe region have strong ties to the MacDonald Clan and were renowned as pipers and bodyguards to the Chief.


Clan MacAulay

Clan MacAulay has three distinct branches which are the MacAulays of Ardencaple, the MacAulays of Lochbroom and Coigach, and the MacAulays of Lewis.


Clan MacDonald/Clan Donald

The 700th anniversary of this battle is highly significant to Clan Donald. Chief Angus Og MacDonald was one of Robert the Bruce's most prominent lieutenants. Historic Scotland affirmed that this chief was, ‘renowned as the leader of the large Islesmen force which played a vital role in the Battle of Bannockburn in support of Robert the Bruce.’ Many Clan Donald surnames are originally from the root name, more closely tied to the original Gaelic of ‘Domnaill’.


Clan MacFarlane

For six centuries, the MacFarlanes, as barons of Scotland, have influenced history through their intermarriages, military achievements and escapades. Descended from the ancient Celtic Earls of Lennox, the MacFarlanes occupied the land forming the western shore of Loch Lomond from Tarbet northwards.


Clan MacIver

The origins of the name MacIver come from the Gaelic Mac Iomhair meaning ‘Son of Iver.’ Iver, or Ivarr, was a popular Norse name and, as such, is found all over Scotland, particularly in the Western Isles.


Clan Maclean

Clan Maclean dates from the late 14th century, and is based on the Isle of Mull and the surrounding islands and mainland. The Chief is Sir Lachlan Maclean of Duart and Morvern, 28th chief, who lives at Duart Castle on Mull. There are five other major branches of the clan, each with their own chieftains.


Clan MacLennan

The surname MacLennan in Gaelic is MacGille Finnan, meaning the ‘Son of the Follower of St Finnan.’ Historically, the clan populated lands in north west of Scotland.


Clan MacMillan

The MacMillans are one of a number of clans - including the MacKinnons, the MacQuarries, and the MacPhees - descended from Airbertach, a Hebridean prince of the old royal house of Moray who according to one account was the great-grandson of King Macbeth.


Clan MacNeacail/ MacNicol

About the time of the Battle of Bannockburn the line of the MacNicol’ s ended when an heiress married Torquil, son of MacLeod of Lewis, and he obtained the MacNicol lands. By patriarchal law the Chiefship passed to the nearest male, thus was removed to Scorrybreac on Skye.


Clan MacPherson Association

The name Macpherson, MacPherson, or McPherson, according to the spelling preferred by individual families, comes from the Gaelic Mac-a-Phearsain and means literally ‘Son of the Parson’ . Mhuirich Cattanach, Fourth Chief of Clan Chattan, was made Parson of Kingussie, and his second son was the first to be called Macpherson.


Clan Moffat UK & Clan Moffat Society

The Moffats are an ancient Borders family whose influence and power extends as far back as the time of Sir William Wallace. The ancestors of the Moffats most likely gave their name to the town of Moffat in Dumfriesshire. The origin of the name itself is thought to be Norse.


Clan Munro

The story of the Munros can be traced back more than 700 years. The clan territory Ferindonald was a small part of Ross-shire on the northern shore of the Cromarty Firth. Tradition says they received these lands from King Malcolm II in the eleventh century for services against the Vikings.


Clan Nesbitt/Nisbet

The lowland family of Nesbitt, or Nisbet, has its roots in the county of Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders. No fewer than 42 variant spellings of Nisbet have been identified, including Nisbett, Nesbitt, Nesbitt, Naisbitt and Nisbeth.


Clan Oliphant

The history of the Oliphants in Scotland stretches back over a thousand years. In the late 13th century, Sir William Oliphant of Aberdalgie, known in many history books as ‘the gallant knight’ , was held in high esteem by the Guardians of Scotland, who made him governor of the most pivotal stronghold, Stirling Castle.


Paisley Clan Society

The Paisleys are a family of considerable antiquity, having been associated with Lochwinnoch and Paisley (parts of which later became Renfrewshire), with Cunningham and Kyle (North Ayrshire), Innerwick (East Lothian) and Roxburghshire, since the time of William I King of Scots 1165 - 1214.



The Clanranald Trust for Scotland, a recognised charity, is an educational organisation established in 1995. The members of the trust are dedicated to promoting increased awareness of Scottish culture and heritage through interactive education and entertainment. Its aim is to present a true recreation of the nation’s past and strives to provide a fitting testimony to those from the past.


Clan Routledge

Clan Routledge originates from Liddesdale and Roxburgh on the Scottish border. Its earliest recorded mention is in the 14th century before becoming prevalent in Hawick and surrounding area in the early 15th Century.


Clan Scott

Originally, the Scotts were located in the Scottish Borders in the Marches areas of West Teviotdale, Ewesdale, Eskdale, and Liddesdale, around the towns of Hawick, Selkirk, and Melrose in the district of Roxburghshire. The heart of the Clan area was at Bellendaine, a meeting place for the Scotts.


Clan Scrimgeour/ The Scrimgeour Clan Association

The first bearer of the name was one Alexander Carron, who received the hereditary title of Royal Standard (or Banner) Bearer of Scotland after demonstrating bravery in the presence of the then King of Scots, whose army was crossing the River Spey.


Clan Stewart

A Norman knight, William Fitz Alain, became hereditary Great Steward of Scotland during the reign of King David I and was given estates in Renfrewshire and East Lothian. His descendants, using the name Stewart, obtained lands in Kintyre, Arran, Cowal and Bute.


Clan Urquhart

Clan Urquhart is of ancient Celtic origin. Associated during most of its history with the northeast of Scotland, the Clan derives its name from Glen Urquhart and Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.


Clan Wallace

The story of the Clan Wallace and of the Clan's greatest members, Sir William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland, is deeply entwined with Scotland’ s history and the country’ s line of Kings.


Clan Young

Although some Youngs originated in England, Ireland, Wales, France and Germany, there is nowhere in the world with higher concentrations of Youngs than in Scotland. Most estimates state that between one third and one half of all Young families in North America originated in Scotland.