Clans and Societies

Clans were the centerpiece of Scottish society from the 11th Century until the Jacobite Rising of 1745. The word clan comes from the Gaelic word “clann” meaning family. The clans were more than family units; they were extended networks of families some of whom share a common ancestor but also encompassed a geographic region. They served as the government for the local people in the area, providing protection, intervening in disputes, and other duties to provide for the people. Today, clans still play an important role in

Scottish heritage and culture with many people feeling a special connection to their heritage through their clan.
Come to the Celtic Heritage Hollow and stop by the clan booths to speak with the knowledgeable and friendly representatives. Each clan and society represented will have members available on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to dusk, and they are eager to share their clan’s history with all who come to visit.

Clan representatives can register to participate in the Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival by completing the registration form on the right side of this page. We also accept societies representing any of the Celtic Nations.

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2017 Clans

  • Check back in early summer 2017