Duncan Clan

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Welcome to the Duncan Clan Team Page

Duncan Clan Team
Family Manager Scottish Families Team
Team Members Lesli Wall, Daniel Junkins, Sandy Edwards

Goals for this Team

The goal of this team is to offer a focal point for all members interested in the history of the Duncan clan and to develop profiles for family members bearing the surname Duncan, with a proven Scottish origin.

To Do List

This list will be developed by the Family Team members. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • Add [[Category:Duncan Clan]] to profiles bearing the name Duncan on Wikitree, where they can be traced back to Scotland.
  • Review Duncan profiles on Wikitree to ensure they are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • Add maintenance categories to profiles that are orphaned, need research, need sources, etc. as needed.
  • Summarize the History section of our Team page and add any detailed information to a separate: Duncan Clan - History space page. This page needs to be set up with the Scotland Project as a manager.
  • encouraging interest in and study of the Duncan Clan.
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Duncan History

Crest: On waves of the sea a demasted ship.
Motto: Disce Pati (Learn to Endure)
Slogan: Savour the Moment
Region: Perthshire, Tayside, Angus, Fife, Aberdeenshire.
Lands: Lundie, Gourdie, Dunbarney, Ardownie, Sketraw
Plant badge: Bracken Fern and Fine Leafed Heath
Pipe music: Teachd Chlann (The Clan Donnachie have arrived)
Gaelic name: Mac Dhonnchaidh; Duncanne; Dunchad/Donchadh/Donachie/Donnchadh



  • Duncan of Seaside & Lundie (Camperdown) William Duncan
  • Duncan of Jordanstone (Brothers James and David were the sons of James Duncan (1790-1843) manufacturer and merchant at The Brae, Alyth, and Margery Crocket m.1816, daughter of George Crockat.
  • Duncan of Ardownie - Andrew Duncan (1744-1828) Surgeon m Elizabeth Knox son of Andrew Duncan and Unknown Vilant[1]
  • Duncan of Sketraw - Laird of Sketraw; John A Duncan married Isobell Fleming (Born 1654 in Cargill, Perthshire, Scotland 1654- died 23 Jan 1748 in Cargill Parish, Perthshire) son of John Duncan, (Laird of Sketraw) and Isabel Broun.
  • Duncan of Mott
  • Duncan of Parkhill - Alexander Duncan (1805–1889) m Sarah Butler (1806–1888) [2]
  • Beveridge-Duncan of Damside - James Beveridge Duncan (1757 - 1833) m Isabella Marshall[3]
  • Gomme-Duncan of Dunbarney - Alan Gomme-Duncan (1893-1963) m Mary Bourne [4]

Names associated with the clan: Duncan can be found in Scotland’s oldest records in its Gaelic form Dunchad/Donchadh/Donachie/Donnchadh and other spelling variants.

See Also: Robertson Donnachie

Information below this line should be reviewed and summarized. Detailed information can be placed on additional team pages.

Clan Duncan vs Sept

Duncan was originally a forename. Duncan as a Clan was from the early part of the 14th century. The term "Clans" included families actually descended, or accepting themselves as descendants of a "common ancestor," Clan, simply means "children"

Duncans were later known as "Septs" to the more dominant clans The Duncan – Donnachaidh – Robertson, Scenario by John Duncan of Sketraw. (Clan vs Sept) Duncan names were included by a happy accident that they lived within control of the dominant family, in specific areas, rising to power as the clan system formed. Septs pledged fealty to their "lords".

The precise descent of the Clan still needs confirmation, but it appears certain that the chiefs were the male heirs to the old Celtic Earls of Atholl and thus have the oldest certifiable ancestry of any family in Scotland. "Duncan" has Long been associated with Clan Donnachaidh, who has prepared an updated version of the origins. at

Clan Duncan is an Armigerous clan (There is NO present Chief of the name Duncan meeting Clan criteria). At the present time, the "Clan" appears to be led by the armigerous Territorial House of Duncan of Sketraw, Chairman of the Clan Duncan Society. Grant (for Coat of Arms): by Her Majesty's Supreme Officer of Arms of Scotland, The Lord Lyon, King of Arms, 14th December 2007. Register, volume 88, folio 7.

  • Note: "Laird" is a descriptive title meaning ‘landowner’. The title ‘Lord’ is a ‘Peerage title’ (or a courtesy title of a Scottish ‘Law Lord’) and although it is true that the word Laird does derive from Lavert, (which is the same root as the word Lord), a genuinely recognized Laird, is a member of the Nobilitas Minora, whereas those who are legally entitled to call themselves Lord, belong to the Nobilitas Majora, or the Peerage. The two terms are not interchangeable. Lord Lyon does not actually recognize anyone as a Laird -- but records coats-of-arms as an agent of the UK Government.

Helpful Links

External Links

Duncan of Ardownie . . . . . . pg 16
Duncan of Lundie & Camperdown . . . . pg 18

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I am stuck tracing back my heritage past Moses Duncan (1775-1842). The are conflicting documents listing Henry Duncan, or John Henry Duncan, or John Duncan as father. I can't find any confirmed information. I show Moses married Elizabeth (Betsy) Bowers (1778-1844. We are traveling to Scotland soon and I want to be able to trace my heritage back where I believe it goes to. Any help would be great.

posted by Lisa Duncan

I am looking for information Great Grandfather. George Duncan, born around 1901-5 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Married Frances Reid (born 1901-5) in Aberdeen, Scotland. They moved to New Zealand in the 1920s. Trying to do my family tree. Thank you for your help!

posted by Hayley Murfitt
Hello! I'm trying to find info on David Duncan b. 1344, d. 1405, his parents and grandparents.

He's my maternal 17th great-grandfather. There's virtually no accurate info on him online - at least none that I can find or substantiate.

When I was a boy, my mom had a typewritten genealogy that went back to Duncan I, but it disappeared after mom's death. I'm trying to recreate that genealogy for my myself and my siblings using online sources but am having no luck getting any farther than the 14th century. Any suggestions?

Many thanks, Michael Jacobs

posted by Michael Jacobs
Hi _ I’m looking for the same information. David Duncan born in 1344 is my 16th great grandfather on my paternal side. I’ve traced him to Rev William Robert Duncan the Martyr (1628-1690).

Have you had any luck?

posted by Sandra Duncan
Hi team! I've had a request for help from Betty: Could someone help her sort out a brick wall, please.
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
sent inquiry to see if resolved and offered to see if I could help.


posted by Sandy Edwards