Have you ever wondered where your Scottish surname comes from, or the history of clans in Scotland? The clan history of Scotland is fascinating and both colourful and bloody in equal measure, so read on to find out more information.

The Atholl Highlanders tug of war

© Kenny Lam

The history of clans

The Bruce's Stone

Where do clan names come from?

It was often thought that people with a clan surname were direct descendants of the clan chief, but it was also common to adopt a surname when land was taken over to show solidarity and ensure protection with the clan.

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