The purpose of Clan MacKinnon Society is to promote and foster the spirit of Clan MacKinnon, to provide a focal point and means for expressing MacKinnon sentiment, and to aid members in establishing and maintaining contact with each other and with others of Scottish heritage. Society membership encourages, promotes, educates, and supports the preservation of Scottish and MacKinnon history, tradition, and cultural activities. There is no requirement that one needs to be a MacKinnon by blood or ancestry to join Clan MacKinnon Society. We are an inclusive organization and welcome everyone! Friends, cousins, and passersby... ceud mìle fàilte (a hundred thousand welcomes)!
How It All Began
The Society was born on December 22, 1891 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sadly, during the 1960s, Society enrollment markedly declined. In 1975, Clan MacKinnon Society in the United Kingdom closed its books. Around this time, however, N. Joann MacKinnon Osborne in the United States was granted permission to establish a Clan MacKinnon Society in the U.S. by Neil MacKinnon of MacKinnon, then Chief of the Clan. By 1982, Clan MacKinnon Society of North America had 57 members.
During a 2005 meeting attended by the Representative of the Chief and 20 others in Pleasanton, California, the spirit of Clan MacKinnon Society of North America was affirmed and the heritage of Clan MacKinnon Society of the United Kingdom acknowledged. At that meeting it was decided that a new constitution was required, a new board of directors was elected, and the Society’s goals expanded.
Today Clan MacKinnon Society (no longer just of North America) is a recognized nonprofit organization headquartered in the United States with members from all over the world. We strive to unite MacKinnons and grow an understanding and appreciation for the culture and history of Scotland. Join us!
Become a Member
Help keep the ancient lineage and rich history of Clan MacKinnon alive for generations to come.
The Clan MacKinnon Society (CMS) is aware of a report that a MacKinnon forebear was engaged in the slave trade. We denounce this activity and any other form of racial discrimination in the strongest possible terms. The Society, through its policies and procedures, is committed to the creation and preservation of an equitable and inclusive environment.
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