Art of Scottish poet Robert Burns and abolitionist Frederick Douglass
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From Ayrshire to Abolition: Robert Burns and Frederick Douglass

Discover the unexpected bond between Robert Burns, Scotland's poet laureate, and Frederick Douglass, the renowned American abolitionist. Despite vastly different backgrounds, Burns' poetry profoundly influenced Douglass, inspiring his activism against slavery. Through shared struggles and admiration for Burns, Douglass found inspiration that transcended borders, shaping his legacy as a tireless advocate for freedom and equality.
Promotional art for Clan MacFarlane at the Scottish Tartan Festival in Minden, Louisiana, USA
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Clan MacFarlane Named “Honoured Clan” At The Scottish Tartan Festival

Clan MacFarlane will be celebrated as "Honoured Clan" at the upcoming Scottish Tartan Festival 6th April in Minden, LA, USA!
photo of Samhain/Halloween turnips
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Samhain And The Origin Of The Jack O’ Lantern

The origin of the Jack O' Lantern has roots in a Celtic holiday called Samhain that celebrates the end of summer and the final harvest.
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MacFarlane: A Poem by Rebecca Lever

Rebecca Lever is a proud MacFarlane on her 101-year old grandmother's side. Recently Rebecca, traveled with her husband to the MacFarlane homelands of Loch Lomond to share her heritage and family history with him. The trip inspired her to write "MacFarlane", a Clan MacFarlane poem that beautifully captures the essence of our clan spirit. In these verses, she paints a vivid picture of a clanswoman,  buried on a remote island, her fate intertwined with a harsh and unfeeling world. The verses are a testament to the endurance of the MacFarlane legacy. Lever's words resonate with the clan's history, and through her verse, we honour the resilience of our ancestors and pay tribute to their memory.
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Clan MacFarlane Society’s Sponsorship: Bridging Heritage and Technology at Arrochar Parish Church

The International Clan MacFarlane Society generously sponsored high-speed internet for the historic Arrochar Parish Church in Scotland, a deeply significant place intertwined with Clan MacFarlane's heritage. The sponsorship elevated the church into the digital age, expanding its outreach globally. The church, originally tied to Walter MacFarlane, the last Clan Chief, holds historical significance, housing MacFarlane ancestors' graves and precious artifacts. Today, the MacFarlane Hunting tartan adorns the pulpit and communion table as a symbol of unity, celebrating the fusion of heritage and technology, envisioning a future enriched by both.
image of the Earl of Lennox - MacFarlane name origin

Clan MacFarlane’s Rich History and MacFarlane Name Origin

Discover the captivating history of Clan MacFarlane, one of Scotland's earliest clans with feudal charters, tracing their roots to the Celtic Earl of Lennox and their pivotal role in Scotland's fight for independence. Explore the intriguing origins of the MacFarlane name, from Gaelic variations to its connection with pre-Gaelic languages. Learn how the Plantation of Ulster influenced the clan's name variations. Plus, find out how the International Clan MacFarlane Society and Clan MacFarlane Heritage Trust work to preserve this rich heritage.
photo of Ken Burkitt, Jr.- Clan MacFarlane Commissioner To Pennsylvania USA
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Meet New Commissioner To Pennysylvania Ken Burkitt

We are happy to announce the appointment of Ken Burkitt, Jr. as the new International Clan MacFarlane Society Commissioner to Pennsylvania USA.  Ken is fairly new to the Society having joined in 2019 but he has taken his heritage journey on with exuberance after answering the call to represent Clan MacFarlane in his home state of Pennsylvania.