The Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands is an excellent and comprehensive work on Scotland’s highland clans and is probably  most accurate account of Scottish clans, tartans, and fighting regiments ever published.

In the context of Scottish clans, septs are families that followed another family’s chief. These smaller septs would then comprise, and be part of, the chief’s larger clan. For example, Reid is part of the Robertson clan and Colman is part of the Buchanan clan.

The edition of The Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands I’m writing about today features an alphabetical list of Scottish family names arranged according to the clans with which they were associated.

It’s an “authoritative and beautiful book, ranging across the entire spectrum of Scottish history and culture, it is primarily an encyclopedia of Scottish clanship, devoted, in the main, to a discussion of the following subjects: Scottish Highlands, Highland garb, the tartan, Highland surnames and titles, Highland regiments, coats of arms in the clan system, Highland chiefs and chieftans, badges of clans and families, and lists of clan septs and dependents. Nowhere in print is there as complete an account of the Scottish Highlands in all these aspects.

The work was originally published in 1908, with a second edition in 1924 and a third in 1934. The late Sir Thomas Innes of Learney edited and revised it from the fourth edition (1952) to the eighth edition of 1970.” is probably the best bookseller for anything genealogy and you can look out for when it’s on sale. The eighth addition is currently listed at $55. Click on the on the left side bar of this site.

There’s also an earlier a used version of the book on sale at Alibris click on The clans, septs and regiments of the Scottish Highlands to access the website.

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