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Scottish Clans - Attribution

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Clan membership is a choice. If seeking to attribute a historical profile to a Clan there are a couple of general rules:

  • Generally, if a person is of Scottish descent and bears the surname, or acknowledged variant, of the Clan Chief they would be recognised as a member of that Clan.
  • Generally, on marriage, a spouse, either male or female, will change their clan to become a member of the other spouse's clan. Traditionally it is the female that changes the name but there are many cases of the reverse.
  • A person can choose to become a member of any clan. Historically this was for protection but in modern times it is a choice. A Clan Chief may reject the application, but examples of any rejection are few.
  • A person can be a member of only one Clan at a time.

For every generalisation there are exceptions. When choosing a Clan attribution, please discuss with the relevant Clan Sponsor, or if no sponsor ask Scottish Clans Coordinator Mark Sutherland-Fisher.

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