Just call me The Buchanan


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BY JAMES MONCUR j.moncur@dai­lyrecord.co.uk ONE of Scot­land’s largest clans have ap­pointed their first chief­tain in 337 years – thanks to a ge­neal­o­gist who once worked with a US pres­i­dent.

Clan Buchanan will now be led by John Michael Bail­lieHamil­ton Buchanan, who was traced by an­ces­try ex­pert, Hugh Pes­kett.

Hugh un­earthed Ron­ald Rea­gan’s Ir­ish an­ces­try in the 80s and re­searched for decades into the Buchanan fam­ily.

The Lord Lyon King of Arms, who reg­u­lates Scot­tish her­aldry, has up­held a pe­ti­tion rub­ber­stamp­ing the new chief­ship.

John, who is the man­ager of the Cam­bus­more Es­tate, near Cal­lan­der, Stir­ling­shire, said: “There has not been a chief for a very long time – over 337 years – but there is a thriv­ing com­mu­nity of Buchanan clans­men, clanswomen and septs around the world.

“I look for­ward to meet­ing mem­bers of the clan, com­mit­ting my­self to clan mat­ters in Scot­land and at­tend­ing some of the pop­u­lar clan func­tions that take place over­seas.”

The fa­ther-of-four, who will be known as The Buchanan, added: “My fam­ily have been ac­knowl­edged as lead­ers of one of the prin­ci­pal clan septs – the Buchanans of Leny and Arn­prior – for many years but we have also be­lieved that we had a good case for the over­all chief­ship.

“It has been a long jour­ney to prove our lin­eage.”

Hugh said it took “decades” to con­firm the lin­eage, adding: “As a clans­man of the Clan Buchanan, it was ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing to delve into the his­tory and an­ces­try of one of the old­est clans in Scot­land. Trac­ing hun­dreds of years of lin­eage and un­pack­ing the se­crets of the past is no mean feat.

“My re­search took decades to com­pile and un­equiv­o­cally con­firms the chief­ship claim. This is a his­toric mo­ment for Clan Buchanan and I am truly priv­i­leged to have played my part.

“My gran would be in­cred­i­bly proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Clan Buchanan can be traced back to 1010AD in Scot­land and now has sev­eral mil­lion mem­bers across the world.

More than five mil­lion peo­ple bear one of the recog­nised clan names, although not all will be clan mem­bers.

The chief­tain­ship was last held by his an­ces­tral kins­man, John Buchanan, un­til his death with­out a male heir in 1681.

The Clan Buchanan So­ci­ety may now have to change their ban­ner that is flown at High­land games around the world – it cur­rently fea­tures a lion ram­pant with tears of sor­row to rep­re­sent the sad­ness of clans­men with­out a chief.

MAIN MAN John at his home BURN TO BE CHIEF John by the river­side on his es­tate

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