The Scottish clan from the Gaelic word “clann” meaning family or offspring is a kinship group of Scottish people united by ancestry. In modern times, clans have an official structure regulated by with regulated Scottish heraldry and coats of arms, and many clans have their own tartan patterns that are incorporated into kilts or scarves.
Clan names are usually associated with an area of Scotland where the clan originally lived. They were the centerpiece of the Scottish political system from the 12th Century until the Jacobite Rising of 1745. More than just family units, the clans were extended networks of families who were aligned with a clan chief, encompassed a geographic region, and sometimes shared a common ancestor. They served as the government for the local people in the area by providing protection and intervening in disputes, often involving land borders or cattle. Today, clans still play an important role in Scottish heritage with many people feeling a special connection to their heritage through their family clan.
Come to Celtic Heritage Hollow and stop by our clan and Celtic societies’ booths to speak with knowledgeable and friendly representatives. Clans and Celtic societies will have members available on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until dusk. They are eager to share their clan’s history with all who come to visit.
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