The Clan system was the effective means of government in the Highlands of Scotland from sometime before the year 1000AD until it was essentially eliminated by the English in 1745.

It grew out of the similar system of Celtic Ireland, from whence the Scots originally came.

A Clan has been defined anthropologically as a group whose membership shares a descent from a common ancestor. Sir Iain Moncreiffe said in describing the Scottish Clans: “A Maclean or a Campbell, a Cameron or a Mackintosh was distinguished by features which cut clean across class. Although people often speak of ‘Old Families’, in fact no family is older than any other. What is meant is that the particular families called ‘old’ have managed to maintain their identity and retain records of their past longer that the majority of other folk. In England and abroad this is too often true only of a limited aristocracy. In the Highlands, however, everybody was eventually descended one way or another from several of the great historic
Royal Clans.”


Now that the Clans have dispersed to near and far corners of the world, what is left beyond a vague remembrance of Scottish descent?

What remains is the Clan: a sense of family, of common roots, of a place whence we all came, strengthened by the romance of history, the skirling of the pipes, the swing of the kilt, the remembrance of a dour and hard but beautiful land, and above all, Highland pride and loyalty.

Those who have travelled far and wide have a place to call home in their hearts; a people to call Clansman when they believe they are alone.

Clan Lamont is one such Scottish Highland Clan. We claim descent from Lauman, who lived in Cowal in 1238. Tradition gives this Lauman a descent from an Irish Prince of the name of Anrothan O’Neill. From Anrothan O’Neill, who left Ireland for Kintyre in the 11th Century, the Clan claims descent from the legendary Niall Noigiallach, High King of Ireland, who lived in the period between the mid 4th to early 5th century.


The surname Lamont has several origins, though in regards to the Clan, it originates in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The name is derived from the medieval