Am I a Donnachaidh?
That, of course, will or might depend upon your ancestry roots. If you already have some names you are searching see our “Sept” information below. Understanding the “Sept” and membership guides may help answer this question for you. If you want to trace your ancestral specifics check out our “Genealogy Tips & Tricks” section.
What are the “Sept” names about?
|The main clan name and that of the chiefs (originally Donnachaidh and now Robertson), along with many derivations of the clan name were taken by those descending from the chiefs or belonging to the families who lived on clan estates, offered allegiance to the chief and with the chief’s acceptance sought the chief’s protection and in turn provided service to the clan can be considered Septs of the clan. This is also the reason you may find your name belonging to more than one clan.
The most prominent Surnames are Duncan, Robertson and Reid yet there are some 38 Septs associated with our clan. Remember there are potentially more do to the spelling variations. Especially when our ancestors arrived in the colonies, due to a variety of reasons including language barriers and even deliberate change in spelling to start “a new” there may be even more Septs to find.
|Septs included in Clan Donnachaidh|
|Do I have to prove my ancestry to be a member of a particular clan?
Society of The Rocky Mountains does not require “proof” of ancestry although we encourage our members to trace their heritage because it is fun to do and share with each other. Our International By Laws state “anyone interested in Scottish heritage” including ancestral connection, adoption, and friends is eligible.Genealogy Tips & Tricks
If I do not know which clan I might belong to how can I find out? Checking a family members and asking them is a good place to start. The more details of birth and death records they can give you the better. There are a variety of ways on the internet but one site that is particularly helpful is www.ancestry.com. Another site to try is Scottish Roots based in Edinburgh, www.scottishroots.com