Creag an Tuirc
The Chief is coming to Australia.
Donald MacLaren of MacLaren and Achleskine (pictured right)
to visit Australia in October 2019
Clan MacLaren is delighted to advise that Donald MacLaren of MacLaren and Achleskine , Chief of Clan MacLaren and Convenor of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, will be in Australia in October 2019.
“The MacLaren will be here as Ambassador for the Standing Council to give support to the relationship with the Scottish Diaspora and the Clans.” (Malcolm Buchanan, President, Scottish Australian Heritage Council. Email 14/4/19).
The MacLaren will be attending the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney (the Thursday night performance 17th October 2019).
The MacLaren will lead members of the MacLaren Clan and other participants marching onto the Esplanade to open the evening’s entertainment.
We would like as many of the MacLaren Clan as possible to march with the chief on this memorable occasion.
Members wishing to meet with the MacLaren and attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney and march with the Chief to open the show are encouraged to book tickets now for the Thursday night performance on the 17th October 2019.
Information and tickets are available at https://www.edinburghtattoosydney.com.au/The MacLaren will be meeting with Clan MacLaren members and attending other events (TBA) during his stay in Australia.
For further information please contact Linda McLaren, Chair, CMSA via the contact page below.
The Clan MacLaren Society of Australia is part of a worldwide network celebrating the history and people associated with the Clan MacLaren, an ancient Scottish clan that can trace its history back to the 1200s.
Donald MacLaren of MacLaren and Achlskine is the Chief of the MacLaren Clan worldwide. The MacLaren is also the current Convener of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.
The Clan MacLaren Society of Australia is affiliated with the
Clan MacLaren Society based in Scotland (www.clanmaclarensociety.com) and the
Clan MacLaren Society of North America (http://www.clanmaclarenna.org/) and
The Friends of Clan MacLaren in Germany (http://www.clanmaclaren.org/).
We welcome new members, particularly those with a connection to the name.
Membership eligibility guidelines:
A) Persons bearing or connected with the name MacLaren or MacLaurin in any of its spellings by birth, marriage or descent
B) Persons bearing or connected with the name of any sept of the Clan in any of its spellings by birth, marriage or descent
C) Others who may be admitted at the discretion of the the Society.
Variations of Clan MacLaren/MacLaurin names and Septs include:
Newsletter – CLAN LABHRAN
Members receive a regular newsletter with information on Clan activities and interesting articles on Clan and Scottish history.
Clan Activities - Members of the Clan MacLaren Society of Australia meet at the Annual General Meeting held in June of each year at various locations.
Members represent the Clan at various Scottish events across the country. There are a number of Highland Gatherings across the country and some members are active at these events. Scottish Heritage Week in Sydney (organised by the Scottish Australian Heritage Council generally during the first week in July).
Membership Application forms are available for download below or are available through general enquiries directed to the Secretary via the contact
MacLaren History on the web
Maclaren Immigration History to Australia.
In the extensive emigration from the old world in the latter part of the nineteenth century, the majority of emigrants chose North America in preference to Australia and New Zealand. The westward voyage under sail across the Atlantic could take one month, but at least three times longer if travelling to Australia or New Zealand.
McLarens were well represented in the early arrivals of free settlers with their families in all Australian states. In 1834, John Barclay McLaren arrived in Tasmania; in 1837, Daniel McLaren arrived in Sydney and the following year James McLaurin arrived in Sydney and then settled in the Riverina. In Victoria, one of the first was John McLaren who arrived at Portland in 1854 and settled in the Western district, and in thesame year Peter McLaren arrived in Melbourne and initially settled there.
In South Australia, the name McLaren stands out in early history. Unlike other states, South Australia was not established as a government penal colony, but by private enterprise in the form of The South Australian Company. In 1837, one year after settlement started, David McLaren took over the position of manager and started to build it into a successful company. As the company prospered, so did the young colony. McLaren Vale, well known for its quality wines, was named after John McLaren from the South Australian Survey Office, who surveyed the area. (Bruce D McLaren)
Ian F McLaren's “MacLaren Register”, a card index of more than 3,000 cards, covering genealogical and biographical details of Australian MacLarens. It was compiled by Ian over 35 years and is held in the Baillie Library at the University of Melbourne. (It forms part of the McLaren Collection, in the Special Collections Section on the third floor.) Ian’s main sources of information were the births, marriage and deaths in newspapers. There are no plans to publish the McLaren Register at present.
CLAN MARKERS IN AUSTRALIA
Australian Scottish Cairn, Mosman NSW http://monumentaustralia.org.au/themes/landscape/settlement/display/22323-scotland-australian-cairn Members of the Clan MacLaren Society’s in both Scotland and Australia were involved in the establishment of this monument to Scottish settlers.
Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes NSW
https://www.gleninnestourism.com/australian-standing-stones/ Clan MacLaren stone is number 26 situated to the left of the axis at the southern end of the circle.
The Clan Wall on Tynwald Hill contains a stone from the dry stone wall near the Kirkton Burn at Creag an Tuirc, Balquhidder, Perthshire, Scotland.M
The Clan Maclaren Society of Australia has affiliations with several bodies concerned with the promotion of Scottish culture in Australia.
The Scottish Australian Heritage Council http://www.scottishaustralianheritagecouncil.com.au/
The Celtic Council of Australia http://www.celticcouncil.org.au/
The Scottish Gaelic Association of Australia (Comunn Gàidhlig Astràilia) http://www.ozgaelic.org/ is a non-profit organisation that promotes Scottish Gaelic language and culture.
Scottish House http://www.scottishhouse.org.au/index.htm Now closed but the website is still active.
Those interested in tracing their family histories may be interested in the following resources: Scotland - for further information please visit the Scottish Clan MacLaren website http://www.clanmaclarensociety.com/history.html
Please visit the Clan MacLaren North America website http://www.clanmaclarenna.org/ for further information and information regarding their DNA project.
There are no formal rules regarding wearing tartan of a particular pattern or sett. The examples below are two of the many accepted MacLaren setts.