Those of us who have been drawn by the powerful ties of blood into the special, colourful and turbulent history of Scotland have come to believe that visibly enjoying our heritage is a wonderful addition to our lives. Clan MacFarlane Society gathering tents are hosted at Highland games all over the world. This is just one of the many ways we express our “Special Identity” to visitors at the Games, – especially to the “Parlanaich” (Gaelic – MacFarlane race). We accept MacFarlanes of every race, creed, orientation and spelling as well as those persons bearing any of the more than sixty surnames associated with our Clan.
When you join us in the Clan MacFarlane Society Inc., you will receive a membership kit containing your membership certificate. You will also be subscribed to our bi-monthly newletter “MacFarlanes Lantern”. This is full of information, Genealogy and Society social activities. Much more than that however, you will become part of an international, secular organization with members from many different countries. We feel sure you’ll begin to feel a personal bond grow between you and the many others who have linked their modern day lives with that of yourself and your shared ancestry. This will give you a new perspective on your family and Clan history. It will also keep you informed about what others of the “Parlanaich” are doing around the world.
We hope you already know your family’s history. Did they leave Scotland or did they remain? Why did they leave? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, then perhaps we can help you discover the truth about your heritage. If you are taking the time to read this, chances are you are of the “Parlanaich.” Be proud of your blood! Remember the men from whom you are descended or in the Gaelic language of your forefathers: “Cuimhnich air na daoine o’n d’thaining thu” Your Ancestors won’t let you down.
Le gach deLe gach deagh dhurachd,agh dhurachd,
Michael MacFarlane, FSA Scot
President, International Clan MacFarlane Society, Inc.
Chairman, Clan MacFarlane Charitable Trust – Scotland Scottish Charity #SC032498