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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 V: Publications, 1929-2000
This series is divided into three sub-series pertaining to publications regarding the history of Clan MacLeod, as well as MacLeod families and individual members. Sub-series A: Histories-Clan MacLeod; Sub-series B: Histories: Individual/Family; Sub-series C: Miscellaneous. This series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Sub-Series A: Histories: Clan MacLeod
Box 79
Folder 1: Announcement for The MacLeods: The Migration of a Clan
Folder 2: The Bannatyne Manuscript (copy)
Folder 3: Clan MacLeod of the Carolinas by Catherine MacLeod Donaldson, 1954
Folder 4: Clan MacLeod sailing barque
Folder 5: Cover art and chapter art for The MacLeods: Genealogy of a Clan, 1999
Folder 6: Clan MacLeod: Their Septs and Dependents
Folder 7: Dunvegan Castle booklets and brochures
Folder 8: The First Forty Years: The History of the Clan MacLeod Society in the United States of America; 1954-1994, by W. Jefferson Bryson and Harry E. Boyes
Folder 9: Additional manuscript and deleted material from the The First Forty Years
Folder 10: The MacLeods: Being a Short Historical and Genealogical Account of their Chiefs and Cadets
Folder 11: National Geographic magazine article by Robert Reynolds: Over the Sea to Scotland's Skye, 1952
Folder 12: Revision-The MacLeods: Genealogy of a Clan, section four, The MacLeods of Lewis with several septs including MacLeods of Rassay, April 13, 1989
Folder 13: Scotland's Magazine and Scottish Country Life-two articles: This is Your Land, These are Your People, Clan MacLeod a message from Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod and MacLeod-A Proud Inheritance by Seton Gordon, October 1965
Box Oversize 1
Item 5: Holiday Magazine article page 38: The Clans of Scotland, September 1954
Sub-Series B: Histories: Individual/Family
Box 79
Folder 14: Biographical sketch of Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod (unpublished), 1962
Folder 15: An American Venture: Letters Home from James and William MacLeod, 1770-1776, 1988
Folder 16: Autobiography of William James McLeod (photocopy), 1929
Folder 17: The Descendants and Family of Lauchlin John McLeod
Folder 18: The Descendants of Alexander McLeod
Folder 19: The Francis Loud Family of Massachusetts, Michigan, and Ohio, 1985
Box 80
Folder 1: The MacLeods of Arnisdale, 1984
Folder 2: McLeod, Stovall, Hinkle and Allied Families by Daniel McLeod Peterson
Folder 3: The MacLeods who went to the Philippines by Anthony Macaulay MacLeod, 1982
Folder 4: Neal McLeod, Emigrant from the Isle of Skye, Scotland 1774-1961: His Genealogy
Folder 5: Norman McLeod family: Ancestors and Descendants A.D. 625-1983 and Allied Families
Folder 6: The Richard McClure Family of Pennsylvania and Ohio, 1985
Folder 7: The Samuel McClure Family of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, 1790-1985, 1985
Folder 8: William MacLeod: Progenitor of the Clan in the Bahamas
Sub-Series C: Miscellaneous
Box 80
Folder 9: Clan MacLeod family cookbook
Folder 10: Clarion of Skye magazine and the Highland Trader (fragile condition)
Box 81
Folder 1: The Coracle: Journal of the Iona Community (contains article on article on Iona appeal trust fund), November 1961
Folder 2: "The Highland Echo", March 30, 1953; April 27, 1953
Folder 3: Listing of Clan MacLeod Publications
Folder 4: The Order of Scottish Clans magazine (fragile condition)
Folder 5: Picardy by Ronald Vale MacLeod
Folder 6: Poor Boreraig by Keith Mumby in Piping Times, vol. 28, no. 6: pg. 9-14 (Boreraig is the ancient piping school of the MacCrimmons), March 1976
Folder 7: Scottish Field: photograph of Denis Ramsay's portrait of Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod (fragile condition), September 1960
Folder 8: Scots magazine: No. 1 (contains interview with Chief John MacLeod of MacLeod), July 2000
Folder 9: The Scottish people: Worldwide and International
Folder 10: The Tatler and Bystander: article Who's who in the Highlands (with picture of Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod and Dunvegan Castle), 1961
Box Oversize 1
Item 6: Ellen Payne Odum Genealogical Library-Family Tree Newsletter (has articles pertaining to Clan MacLeod), June 1992 and June/July 1993
Item 7: The Scottish Merchant (Clan MacLeod gathering article on page three), March 1984

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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