Clan fi­nally has its chief... af­ter 337 years

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THE CLAN Buchanan has its first chief in more than 337 years fol­low­ing over a decade of ge­nealog­i­cal re­search.

John Michael Bail­lie-Hamil­ton Buchanan has as­sumed the chief­ship which was last held by his an­ces­tral kins­man John Buchanan, un­til his death with­out a male heir in 1681. It fol­lows 14 years of re­search by ge­neal­o­gist Hugh Pes­kett, who stud­ied lineage back to 1370 and estab­lished ref­er­ences in 300 doc­u­ments from around the world to ver­ify the claim to the chief­ship of Clan Buchanan. The clan said the Lord Lyon King of Arms, the head of Lyon Court which reg­u­lates Scot­tish her­aldry, has now for­mally up­held a pe­ti­tion for Mr Buchanan to as­sume the chief­ship.

Mr Buchanan, who is now known as The Buchanan, said: “I am hon­oured and proud that my claim to the chief­ship of Clan Buchanan has been up­held by Lord Lyon.

“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.

“My fam­ily has 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.

“We first ap­proached the Lyon Court in­for­mally over 20 years ago and it has taken decades of ge­nealog­i­cal re­search to back up our claim – I am in­debted to Hugh Pes­kett, my fel­low Buchanan clans­man, for his metic­u­lous re­search and en­dur­ing tenac­ity.”

The new chief is manager of Cam­bus­more Es­tate near Cal­lan­der and has four chil­dren with wife Paula. While the Clan Buchanan can be traced back to 1010 AD in Scot­land, it has sev­eral mil­lion mem­bers across Bri­tain, the United States, Canada, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ja­maica.

John Michael Bail­lie-Hamil­ton Buchanan, now known as The Buchanan, the new chief of the Scot­tish clan Buchanan.

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