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Clan MacLeod Society USA Records, 1899-2018 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Kathleen Smith

Collection Overview

Title: Clan MacLeod Society USA Records, 1899-2018

ID: 00/MG 41

Primary Creator: Clan MacLeod Society USA

Extent: 55.55 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: This collection is broken down into the following series I. Clan Mac Leod USA; II. Personal Correspondence; III. Dunvegan Foundation; IV. Cultural and Educational Resources; V. Publications; VI. Associated Clan MacLeod Societies (A.C.M.S.); VII. Clan MacLeod National Societies; VIII. Other Scottish-Related Groups, Foundations, and Clans; IX. Events; X. Photographs; XI. Electronic Media; XII. Artifacts.

Date Acquired: 11/08/1979. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Clan MacLeod Society (Scotland), Clan MacLeod Society USA, Dunvegan Foundation, MacLeod, Flora, Dame, 1878-1976, Scotland--Genealogy, Scotland--History

Languages: English


A Scottish genealogical and historical society. Includes minutes, proceedings and business papers for the organization.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of materials related to Clan MacLeod USA, the Dunvegan Foundation, the Associated Clan MacLeod Societies, and the international societies of Clan MacLeod. Materials include documents, correspondence, newsletters, magazines, photographs, reel to reel audio tapes, and computer files. These items date from the late 1800s to 2018.

Collection Historical Note

The origins of the Clan MacLeod can be traced to a man named Leod, who was born about 1200, and was the son of Olaf the Black, King of Man and the Isles. Leod married the daughter of MacRaild Armuinn about the year 1220. The seat of MacRaild Armuinn was located where Dunvegan Castle stands now. The stronghold of the MacLeods has remained in Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye for the last 800 years. Throughout the centuries MacLeods have been known for their devotion to their chief, the tenacity with which they have maintained Dunvegan Castle, their appreciation for music and Gaelic Lore, their outstanding record in the professions, and their loyalty to one another. For this devotion, perhaps, they are best known for the symbolic motto and crest Hold Fast.

In 1891 Clan MacLeod Societies were founded in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The families of the MacLeod Chiefs of Dunvegan were closely associated with the clan member societies from the very beginning. Sir Reginald MacLeod of MacLeod, the 27th Chief, and Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod, the 28th Chief, were Presidents of the Society. Beginning in 1951, Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod, the 28th Chief of the Clan MacLeod, undertook a number of tours worldwide, in particular visiting countries known to have clansfolk whose ancestors, relatives or themselves had emigrated from Great Britain. Dame Flora MacLeod visits to the United States in 1952 and 1953 stirred up a surge of interest in the clan and led to the founding of the Clan MacLeod Society, USA, Inc. in 1954. The purpose of the organization was to establish a foundation for charitable, historical and educational pursuits for Clan MacLeod members living in the United States. The objective of that meeting continues to this day, in which the society strengthens fellowship among and encourages the study of the Clan MacLeod history and genealogy.

There are Clan MacLeod Society members in all 50 states, organized into regional societies by geographic area, each with a regional vice president and a national council of officers providing general administrative direction. Twice a year, the society publishes a newsletter with information and updates regarding the clan in the United States. A general meeting is held annually in various regions within the United States. Every four years a North American Gathering is held jointly by Canada and the United States, with the site alternating between the two nations.

The Dunvegan Foundation, which was originally formed to help fund the repair, upkeep, and preservation of Dunvegan Castle, is today the non-profit organization part of Clan MacLeod USA. that works with the Associated Clan MacLeod societies. The Dunvegan Foundation conducts the charitable functions which include promoting the Scottish arts (music, piping and dancing), historical research, scholarships, as well as the preservation of historical places of interest in relation to Clan MacLeod.

The Clan MacLeod Society, USA, Inc. is affiliated with the Associated Clan MacLeod Societies (A.C.M.S), based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Associated Clan MacLeod Societies is the international coordinating agency for the U.S. and eight other national MacLeod Societies and publishes the Clan MacLeod Magazine. The other national societies are: Australia (est. 1912; re-est. 1951), Canada (est. 1936), England (est. 1937), France (est. 1981), Germany (est. 2003), New Zealand (est. 1954), Scotland (est. 1891), and South Africa (est. 1960). Once every four years, a gathering of all national Clan MacLeod Society members, called a Parliament, occurs at Dunvegan Castle, Scotland.

Present and Past Presidents of the Clan MacLeod Society of the United States, Inc.: John W. McLeod, 2019-; Weeden Nichols, 2015-2019 ; John N. MacLeod, 2011-2014; John B. MacLeod, 2007-2011; William C. MacLeod, 2003-2006; Donald B. MacLeod, 2000-2003; Don Mack McLeod, 1996-1999; William R. McLeod, 1993-1996; Purdy B. McLeod, Jr., 1990-1993; Peter M. Norman, 1987-1990; William A. MacLeod, 1984-1987; Raymond J. McCabe, 1983-1984; James S. McLeod, 1980-1983; Dr. Alexander C. McLeod, 1977-1980; Milton K. McLeod, 1972-1977; Charles Anderson McLeod, 1970-1972; Anthony M. MacLeod, 1966-1970; Dr. Norman W. MacLeod, 1964-1966; Lamar W. McLeod, 1962-1964; Richard H. McLeod, 1960-1962; Sayre MacLeod, 1958-1960; Angus McLeod, 1956-1958; John H. MacLeod, 1954-1956.

Chairmen of the Dunvegan Foundation: John B. MacLeod, 2015- ; Larry R. Sears, 2013-2015; John MacLeod Tutterow, 2008-2012; John B. MacCleod, 2005-2008

Presidents of the Associated Clan MacLeod Societies: Peter MacLeod, 2019- ;  Don MacLeod, 2014-2019; John Davidson Kelly, 2011-2014; Dr. Malcolm MacLeod, OBE, 2006-2010; Dr. Alexander McLeod, 1998-2005; Major Angus MacLeod, 1990-1998; Norman MacLeod of Suardal, 1986-1990; Major Loudon MacLeod, Royal Marines, retired, 1980-1986; Alice, Mrs. MacNab of MacNab, 1977-1980; Colonel Colin MacLeod of Glendale, 1968-1977; Brigadier Torquil MacLeod, 1961-1968.

MacLeod Chiefs of Harris and Dunvegan: 30th Chief, Hugh MacLeod of MacLeod, 2007- ; 29th Chief, John MacLeod of MacLeod, 1976-2007; 28th Chief, Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod, 1935-1976; 27th Chief, Sir Reginald MacLeod of MacLeod, 1929-1935; 26th Chief, Norman Magnus MacLeod, 1895-1929; 25th Chief, Norman MacLeod, 1835-1895; 24th Chief, John Norman MacLeod, 1801-1835; 23rd Chief, Norman MacLeod (The General), 1772-1801; 22nd Chief, Norman MacLeod (The Red Man), 1706-1772; 21st Chief, John, 1706-1706; 20th Chief, Norman MacLeod, 1699-1706; 19th Chief, Roderick MacLeod (Ruairdh Og), 1693-1699; 18th Chief, Norman MacLeod (Iain Breac/Speckled John), 1664-1693; 17th Chief, Roderick MacLeod, 1649-1664; 16th Chief, John MacLeod (Iain Mor - Big John), 1626-1649; 15th Chief, Sir Roderick (Ruairdh Mor), 1595-1626; 14th Chief, John MacLeod, 1590-1595; 13th Chief, William MacLeod, 1585-1590; 12th Chief, Norman MacLeod, 1559-1585; 11th Chief, Donald MacLeod, 1556-1557; 10th Chief, Mary MacLeod (The Heiress), 1552-1556; 9th Chief, William MacLeod, 1541-1551; 8th Chief, Alexander MacLeod (Alasdair Crotach - Alexander the Humpback), 1500-1541; 7th Chief, William Dubh MacLeod, 1442-1500; 6th Chief, John MacLeod (Iain Borb - John the Turbulent), 1402-1442; 5th Chief, William Cleireach MacLeod (William the Clerk), 1392-1402; 4th Chief, John MacLeod (Iain Ciar), 1370-1392; 3rd Chief, Malcolm MacLeod (built Dunvegan Castle), 1320-1370; 2nd Chief, Norman (Tormod), 1280- c.1320; 1st Chief, Leod, c. 1266-1280.

Subject/Index Terms

Clan MacLeod Society (Scotland)
Clan MacLeod Society USA
Dunvegan Foundation
MacLeod, Flora, Dame, 1878-1976

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: Additional accessions: 1980; 1986; 2000; 2002; 2004-2015

Alternate Extent Statement: 132 Hollinger document cases; three half-size Hollinger document cases; two media boxes; one artifact box; three oversize boxes

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: The materials in this collection are donated from various members of Clan MacLeod USA

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A79-54

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Clan MacLeod Society USA Records, [Box number], [Folder number], Special Collections, Perry Library, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Clan MacLeod USA, 1952-2017],
[Series II: Personal Correspondence],
[Series III: Dunvegan Foundation, 1954-2018],
[Series IV: Cultural and Educational Resources, 1950-2009],
[Series V: Publications, 1929-2000],
[Series VI: Associated Clan MacLeod Societies (A.C.M.S.), 1935-2018],
[Series VII: Clan MacLeod National Societies, 1954-2012],
[Series VIII: Other Scottish-Related Groups, Foundations, and Clans, 1973-1998],
[Series IX: Events, 1951-2007],
[Series X: Photographs, 1899-2006],
[Series XI: Electronic Media, 1970-2006],
[Series XII: Artifacts, 1976, 1984],

Series IV: Cultural and Educational Resources, 1950-2009
This series is divided into four sub-series in regard to art, music, poetry, exhibits, travel, and history within Clan MacLeod. Sub-series A: The Arts; Sub-series B: Exhibits; Sub-series C: Travel; Sub-series D: Miscellaneous Clan History. This series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Sub-Series A: The Arts
Box 77
Folder 10: Jean MacLeod (Contralto): Recital, Times Hall, New York, March 5, 1950
Folder 11: John MacLeod and Melita Kolin: Together with words and music (program)
Folder 12: Poem-The Tartan
Folder 13: Song sheets and booklets of Scottish songs for the MacLeods
Folder 14: West Virginia Highlanders Bagpipe Band
Folder 15: Feis Shiatail Festival, Edmonds, Washington, 2002
Sub-Series B: Exhibits
Box 77
Folder 16: Dunvegan Cup
Folder 17: Exhibition: Heirlooms and articles of MacLeod and Scottish Interest
Folder 18: Grolier Club exhibit
Folder 19: Scottish American Exhibit at John Carter Brown Library
Sub-Series C: Travel
Box 77
Folder 20: Clansman Colour Slides, October 8, 1960
Folder 21: Home Exchange: Scotland
Folder 22: The Evening Dispatch: The Island of the Fairy Flag, August 14, 1956
Folder 23: A Journey to the Hebrides-A modern version by John H. MacLeod, 1956
Folder 24: McLeod Ganj (town located in Northern India, named after Sir Donald McLeod, home of current Dalai Lama)
Folder 25: MacLeod Tour, 1956
Folder 26: The MacLeods Land Tour, 1990
Folder 27: Isle of Skye: articles, clippings, brochures
Box Oversize 1
Item 2: The Visitor: A Holiday Guide to Southwest Ross and Skye (Dunvegan article pg. 21), Summer 1990
Sub-Series D: Miscellaneous Clan History
Box 78
Folder 1: Adventure in Fellowship by Remsen Bird, November 12, 1953
Folder 2: Story: Alasdair Crotach's famous ox-roast on MacLeod's table
Folder 3: Alexander McLeod historical road marker in North Carolina
Folder 4: Chief Ives/Fairy Flag Legend
Folder 5: Clan Gathering article on Chief John
Folder 6: Clan heraldry
Folder 7: Coat of Arms: MacLeod of the Lewes, Arms of the Chief
Folder 8: Coat of Arms: MacLeod of MacLeod, Arms of the Chief
Folder 9: Coats of Arms: MacLeod of MacLeod and MacLeod of Lewes
Folder 10: Arms of the Chief: MacLeod of MacLeod and MacLeod of Lewes
Folder 11: Color print of ACMS arms
Folder 12: Reproduction of McIan's famous prints of the Scottish highlanders: MacLeod
Folder 13: Clan MacLeod products
Folder 14: The Clan MacLeod Society of America by Lamar W. McLeod, 1954
Folder 15: Clan MacLeod clippings
Folder 16: Clippings pertaining to Dame Flora MacLeod
Folder 17: Clan MacLeod: A Thumbnail Sketch
Folder 18: Clan Memories: A Personal Essay by Alexander C. McLeod
Folder 19: Extract of matriculation of the arms of John MacLeod the Younger (copy)
Folder 20: French definitions/versions of the name MacLeod
Folder 21: Dr. Ralph M. Graham
Folder 22: Greshornish House
Folder 23: Hail to the Chief: Draft
Folder 24: History of Ui Chapel
Folder 25: Historical sketch of the MacLeod Clan, family, and castle by Reverend Donald MacDonald Millar
Folder 26: The MacLeods and their castle
Folder 27: The MacLeod family and its coat of arms
Folder 28: McLeod family history, 1977
Folder 29: MacLeod genealogy
Folder 30: Various MacLeod histories
Folder 31: Article: MacLeod, a prisoner of the Americans in 1776
Folder 32: The MacLeods of Trumpan
Folder 33: The Northwest Highlands, from the Celts to modern times
Folder 34: Origin of the Clan MacLeod
Folder 35: Proclamation by Governor Richard W. Riley on Clan MacLeod Week, April 14-20, 1986
Folder 36: Purdy Bevin McLeod, Jr.: resume/information
Folder 37: Robert Burns and the MacLeods
Folder 38: Ruairdh MacLeod
Folder 39: Story of the Silver Charter as recounted in a personal letter from Barbara, (undated)
Folder 40: Torquil Roderick MacLeod (brief biography and photo)
Folder 41: Information: William Reynolds (Renny) MacLeod
Folder 42: No. 3446 MacLeod of MacLeod-L.N.E.R. West Highland Engine
Folder 43: Obituary: Sayre MacLeod
Folder 44: Obituary: Daniel Murdock McCaskill
Folder 45: Patriots and traitors address to Edinburgh Clan MacLeod Society, by Joan Wolridge Gordon, 1968
Folder 46: Photocopy of information regarding Dame Flora
Folder 47: Keynote address: The Warrior Clan, 1992
Folder 48: River Denys Monument Clippings, August 2003
Box Oversize 1
Item 3: Pauline Peters on People: Mother MacLeod, magazine article, 1968
Item 4: Clipping of Chief John MacLeod, from the West Highland Free Press, 1986
Box Oversize 2
Item 1: Fitting Memorial for a Chief-Iona and its surroundings
Item 2: Map and description of Rodel burial ground

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Clan MacLeod USA, 1952-2017],
[Series II: Personal Correspondence],
[Series III: Dunvegan Foundation, 1954-2018],
[Series IV: Cultural and Educational Resources, 1950-2009],
[Series V: Publications, 1929-2000],
[Series VI: Associated Clan MacLeod Societies (A.C.M.S.), 1935-2018],
[Series VII: Clan MacLeod National Societies, 1954-2012],
[Series VIII: Other Scottish-Related Groups, Foundations, and Clans, 1973-1998],
[Series IX: Events, 1951-2007],
[Series X: Photographs, 1899-2006],
[Series XI: Electronic Media, 1970-2006],
[Series XII: Artifacts, 1976, 1984],

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