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Clan Campbell

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The four tartans of the Clan Campbell: Campbell, Campbell of Loudoun, Campbell of Breadalbane, Campbell of Cawdor.
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Detailed information about the septs of Clan Campbell. Could you be part of Clan Campbell?
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Tales attributed to the Clan Campbell.
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Music attributed to the Clan Campbell.
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The Jacobite Era
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The proper ways for a lady to wear a tartan sash. Left shoulder, right shoulder, bow on the hip, or around the waist.
Clan Campbell Society (North America)
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Links to Scottish clans.

Clan Campbell Septs

Information from Alisair Campbell of Airds, Unicorn Pursuivant of Arms, A History of Clam Campell, volume 1: From Origins to Flodden (Polygon at Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 2000)

The name 'sept' is given to members of a branch of a clan who do not share its name, although they may or may not be of the same blood.Within a clan, following the Highland fashion of designating people by the names of their fathers, grandfathers and sometimes more remote ancestors, other names could be used for certain family groups. Hence in Clan Campbell we have the MacTavish ('Son of Thomas', in Gaelic) sept, descended from a Thomas Campbell, the MacConnochie ('Son of Duncan', in Gaelic) sept, descended from a Duncan Campbell, and early offshoots like the MacArthurs and the MacIvers who descend from the chiefly stock before the adoption of the name Campbell. Other family kindreds who had no blood connection but who might be nativi or 'native men', former inhabitants of lands taken over by a new chief, might also choose to follow him and to become septs of his clan.

The word clann in Gaelic need signify no more than 'family' or 'children', and there were hundreds of such groups who made no pretense to set up as major powers on their own but who followed the local chief and became members of his clan. Sometimes these smaller kindreds were widely spread and their branches could follow different Chiefs. And very often the same name could come from a whole range of unrelated sources, particularly in the case of Mac-names, or patronymics as they are called, which mean 'Son of '.

The nineteenth-century enthusiasm for clans, fostered for their own reasons both by the tartan manufacturers and by the Clan Societies, resulted in the attribution of as many names as possible to particular clans as septs - sadly only too often with ludicrous results. The idea that all Millers should belong to Clan Macfarlane or all Taylors to Clan Cameron is clearly untenable; this is not to say that the names were not used by members of those clans on occasion, but they are both work-names of trades carried on in practically every community across English-speaking Britain. Nor is the suggestion that all sons of Harry, Gib, Thomas or Arthur, to take four names as examples, should descend from the same person of that particular name any more tenable. The same point needs to be made about names which derive from a place name and where the original form included 'de' or 'of ', and which would be used by anyone, related or not, who came from the place in question. But every effort was made, often for the slimmest of reasons, to attach as many names as possible to the well-known clans. Some of these claims are based on nothing more than a lively imagination, while others depend entirely on one single recorded instance of a connection, this being judged enough to assign all holders of the name to one clan or another.

Our list of septs is by no means perfect; there are some names whose inclusion would seem to be due more to this sept-hunting enthusiasm than to historical accuracy and there are many names which loyally followed the Campbell Chiefs for centuries which have not been included. Quite who was responsible for the compilation of this list, or when, is unknown. But rather than encourage still further confusion, our Chief has said that he does not wish to make any alterations to the 'official' list of Campbell sept names which follows. Rather than do that, he said some years ago that he was prepared to accept as members of Clan Campbell all those of Scottish descent who were prepared to acknowledge him as their Chief. This very much follows what actually happened in past times when 'broken men' - those without a chief - attached themselves by his permission to a chief and became his men.

As will be seen, different versions of the same name which have a common origin are grouped together. Names appear here which also appear under other clans; this is quite proper since, as already explained, in many cases there were quite different, unrelated ancestors in different parts of the country who gave their name to their descendants. If, in modern times, people with a sept name which appears under more than one clan wish to show allegiance to a clan and have no idea from which area they originate, then they should choose one of the clans which is said to include their name. It is quite wrong to try to 'belong' to more than one clan.

Spelling was an uncertain art, and there is no significance in the various forms of spelling the same name. Nor is any significance to be taken from the various spellings of Mac, Mc, M', Mak or whatever. The same name occurs in different forms, and they have accordingly been grouped together where appropriate.

The "Official" List of Clan Campbell Septs