The origins of the clan system

The original Scottish clans of the highlands and the great families like the Hunters of the Lowlands were gatherings of families, relatives, allies and neighbors for mutual protection against rivals or invaders.

Scotland experienced invasion from the Vikings, the Romans and English armies from the south.  The Norman invasion of what is now England also had an influence on land-holding in Scotland.  Some of these invaders such as the Vikings stayed in Largs.  They in time most likely became ‘Scottish’.

The word clan derives from the Gaelic language term ‘clann’, meaning children, and it was first used many centuries ago as communities were formed around tribal lands in glens and mountains.

“The spirit of the clan means much to thousands of people”

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