The McCulloch Clan septs, there's confusion over clan relationships?

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I'm somewhat new to researching my "McCulloch" heritage.  It seem from what I can find, the McCulloch Clan (McCulloh/McCulla/McCullock/McCullough etc) have a subordinate relationship with both Clan Ross and Clan Donald/MacDonald and perhaps even Clan McDougall as far as tartans go, but I've also heard tell of a clan relationship with Clan Munro.  I appreciate there are various lineages of the same or similar name but I wondered if anyone had a more definitive answer?  There's also more recent data suggesting there is an actual McCulloch tartan but I'm assuming that's a more recent design and authorized tartan registration. Very much looking forward to learning more and hearing from fellow researchers.  Slainte
WikiTree profile: Stuart McCulloch
in Genealogy Help by Stuart McCulloch G2G Rookie (190 points)
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Recommend viewing the WikiTree article on Clan McCulloch.  

From your tree, it appears that James McCulloch (abt. 1812) was married in Inverness-shire.  If so, this suggests, that he could be descended from the MacCulloch family of Plaidis (Ross-Shire).  

During the 1700's the Clan system with Chiefs and alliance to the Chief gradually fell apart and was replaced with a system run by landlords who were primarily interested in collecting rent.  Hence, Clan loyalty meant very little for the majority of families by the 1800s.

by Andrew Ross G2G6 Mach 1 (16.3k points)
selected by Stuart McCulloch
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Hi Stuart,  here's a link to the three McCulloch tartans registered at the Scottish Register of Tartans.

See also perhaps other members are more expert than me ! 

Here's a link to our Clan McCulloch page.

by Maria Maxwell G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
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Hi Stuart, welcome to the world of Scottish clans. Maria has referred you to the McCulloch/MacCulloch tartans.

HOWEVER there is a much held misunderstanding that a Scottish name and even a Highland Scottish name must belong to a clan. This is far from the truth. Pre-1746 there were very few clans and lots of Lowland families. Since 1822 many of these Lowland families have started calling themselves clans even though pre-1746 they would probably have cut your throat for daring to do so!

Today a reasonable definition of a Scottish clan is a family name recognised by the Lord Lyon as being a distinct family grouping for which he recognises that an individual is or may be "first of the name". The "bible" on the matter is the Scottish Clan And Family Encyclopaedia by George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire. It lists all the recognised clans and Armigerous families.

My reading of the entry for McCulloch is that it is an Armigerous family i.e. individual members of branches of the family have been the holders of coats of arms but no chiefly family is presently recognised.

by Mark Sutherland-Fisher G2G6 Mach 1 (19k points)

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