Start your information search in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, and head for the National Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street which has an excellent display of Scottish history dating from early geological times. The museum houses the Society of Antiquaries and the clan’s 20th Chief Walter Macfarlane, a noted antiquary and scholar from Arrochar who spent much of his life in Edinburgh in the 18th century, enjoyed links with this organisation.
The nearby Scottish Genealogical Society library in Victoria Terrace is an excellent resource of genealogical information and guidance, where you’ll find fellow travellers and researchers. Appointments are not required, but a small fee is charged for non-members.
While in the capital, you should also make time to enjoy a bus tour of the Edinburgh’s historic sites and visit the city’s castle, where you can soak up the excellent views across Edinburgh and across to Fife. You can then walk down the famous Royal Mile from the castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse where you can uncover more links to the Macfarlane clan.
During the 15th century, following the death of the last Celtic Earl of Lennox, the Macfarlanes fatally opposed the Stuart’s claim to the Earldom. Despite many family members perishing, Andrew Macfarlane saved the clan by supporting the Stuarts and marrying the daughter of John Stuart, Lord Darnley, Earl of Lennox. This created a new alliance between the two families.
John Stuart’s son Henry (Lord Darnley) was the second husband of Mary Queen of Scots. In the Palace of Holyroodhouse visitors can see where Lord Darnley married Queen Mary in a private chapel on 29 July 1565. Born a year later, their son James became King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England.
Head east of Edinburgh to the town of Musselburgh on the banks of the River Esk which was the site of the Battle of Pinkie fought in 1547. Duncan, the 13th Chief and his brother, fought with the Scots against the English but were both fatally wounded in battle.