This is a developing list of some of the clans that have helped us build the Turakina Highland Games community in New Zealand. Please regard this as a first draft! We have only just started putting the page together and, as you will see, there is a lot more work to do! If your clan is not listed and you are authorised to speak on their behalf, please feel welcome to contact us with a short description (no more than 150 words) and a contact and a website link or two. Email

Clan Arthur

Clan Arthur or Clan MacArthur, is a highland Scottish clan that once held lands on the shores of Loch Awe opposite Inishail. The clan has been described as one of the oldest clans in Argyll. In late 18th century the chief of the clan died without an heir, leaving the clan leaderless until the late 20th century. In 2002, the first chief of Clan Arthur (James Macarthur) was recognised in about 230 years.

The clan motto is Fide et Opera.

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Clan Buchanan

Clan Buchanan is a Highlands clan whose origins are said to lie in the 1225 grant of lands on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond to clergyman Sir Absalon of Buchanan by the Earl of Lennox.

Septs include
Colman, Dove, Gibb, Gibson, Gilbert, Harper, MacCormack, MacIndoe, MacKinlay, MacMaster, Masters, Morris, Morrison, Richardson, Spittal, Walters, Watson, Watt and Weir.

The clan motto is: Clarior hinc honos or “Henceforth forward the honour shall grow ever brighter”.

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Clan Cameron

Clan Cameron is a West Highland Scottish clan, with one main branch Lochiel, and numerous cadet branches. The Clan Cameron lands are in Lochaber and within their lands lies Ben Nevis, which is the highest mountain in the British Isles. The Chief of the clan is customarily referred to as simply “Lochiel”. The current clan motto is Aonaibh Ri Chéile (Let Us Unite).

Chalmers, Chambers, Clark, Clarke, Clarkson, Cleary, Clerk, Dowie, Gibbon, Gilbertson, Kennedy, Leary, Lonie, MacAldowie, MacAlonie, MacClair, MacCleary, MacGillery, MacGillonie, MacIldowie, MacKail, MacKell, MacLear, MacCleary, MacLerie, MacMartin, MacOnie, MacOstrich, MacPhail, MacSorley, MacUlrig, MacVail, MacWalrick, Martin, Paul, Sorley, Sorlie, Taylor.

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Clan Chisolm

Tradition has it that the Chisholms were a Norman family who arrived in England after the conquest of 1066, the original surname being De Chese — to which the Saxon term “Holme” was added. According to the Collins Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia the Chisholm name has been known in the Scottish Borders since the reign of Alexander III. In early records the name is written as “de Cheseholme”, eventually becoming Chisholm. The clan Chieftan is Andrew Francis Hamish Chisholm of Chisholm.

The clan motto is: Feros ferio (I am fierce with the fierce).

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Clan Grant

Clan Grant were supporters of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, the victory of the latter confirmed their lands in Strathspey, where they became established Highland chiefs. The Grants were one of the few clans not to be affected by the Highland Clearances. The “Good Sir James” Grant (Clan Chief from 1773 to 1811) built the town of Grantown-on-Spey for the express purpose of providing for his clansmen to keep them from having to emigrate. The current Chief of Clan Grant is the Rt Hon The Lord Strathspey (Sir James Patrick Trevor Grant of Grant, Bt, 6th Baron Strathspey, 33rd hereditary Clan chief of Clan Grant).

The clan motto is: Stand Fast, Stand Sure.

Clan McDougall

Clan McDougall is a Highland Scottish clan, taking its name from Dougall, the son of Somerled. After Somerled’s death at the Battle of Renfrew in 1164, Dougall held most of Argyll. The MacDougalls supported the House of Stuart during the Scottish Civil War and during the Jacobite rising of 1715 the Clan supported the Jacobite cause. Septs include Carmichael, Cowan, Cowie, Dowall, Livingston, MacCowan, MacCulloch and MacDowall. The current chief  is Morag Morley MacDougall of MacDougall and Dunollie.

The clan motto is: Buaidh no bàs, translated as either Victory or Death, or Conquer or Die.