Clan Buchanan unveils chief... after 337 years Lord Lyon Court upholds petition
It is one of the most famous names in Scotland and has been appended to bus and train stations, libraries and art galleries as far afield as the United States and Australia.
But for the past 337 years there has been no chief to represent the millions of men and women around the world who call themselves part of Clan Buchanan.
Now the clan, one of the largest and most ancient in Scotland, will be led by John Michael BaillieHamilton Buchanan, who now becomes known as The Buchanan.
He is stepping into a position last vacated by his ancestral kinsman, John Buchanan, who died without a male heir in 1681.
The Lord Lyon King of Arms, who regulates Scottish heraldry, has formally upheld a petition for Mike Buchanan to assume the title.
This follows decades of genealogical research, conducted by renowned genealogist Hugh Peskett.
He became a genealogist 50 years ago after his grandmother (a Buchanan clanswoman herself ) urged him to find the rightful Buchanan chief.
Mr Peskett subsequently researched his lineage back to 1370 and established references in more than 300 documents from around the world.
The Buchanan said: “I am honoured and proud 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, 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.
“It has been a long journey. 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 the manager of Cambusmore Estate near Callander and has four children with his wife, the Lady Buchanan.
George Lauder McAusland, commissioner for Scotland and the UK of the Clan Buchanan International Society, said: “I would like to congratulate Michael Buchanan on his appointment.
“Having a chief for the first time in over 300 years will be an exciting time.”
The group has traditionally flown a banner at Highland games, featuring a lion rampant with tears of sorrow to represent the sadness of clansmen without a chief.
Now, though, they might need an updated version.
HAIL TO THE CHIEF: John Michael Baillie-Hamilton Buchanan, the newly announced chieftain of the Buchanan clan, with his wife the Lady Buchanan and their son Bruce