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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 IX: Events, 1951-2007
This series is divided into ten subseries in regard to the many events that took place within or relation to Clan MacLeod. Sub-series A: Coming of Age Ceremony for Future Chief John (1956); Sub-series B: Death of Dame Flora (1976); Sub-series C: Death of Chief John (2007); Sub-series D: Games; Sub-series E: Visits; Sub-series F: Visits-Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod; Sub-series G: Queen's Visit to Dunvegan; Sub-series H: Workshops; Sub-series I: Miscellaneous Events: United States; Sub-series J: Miscellaneous events: Scotland and elsewhere. This series is arranged in chronological and alphabetical order.
Sub-Series A: Coming of Age Ceremony for Future Chief John (1956)
Box 106
Folder 1: Press release of coming of age celebration, August 1, 1956
Folder 2: Banquet program for coming of age celebration
Folder 3: Newspaper clippings
Folder 4: United States society gifts to John MacLeod the Younger and Patrick Wolridge Gordon on the occasion of their 21st birthday
Folder 5: Dutch Treat picnic gathering to celebrate Chief John's coming of age, Paxton Massachusetts, August 26, 1956
Box Oversize 1
Item 8: Life Magazine article, September 24, 1956
Sub-Series B: Death of Dame Flora (1976)
Box 106
Folder 6: West Duirnish Parish Church funeral service bulletin, 1976
Folder 7: Memorials to Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod
Folder 8: Newspaper clippings
Folder 9: The Passage of the Chief by Milton MacLeod
Sub-Series C: Death of Chief John (2007)
Box 106
Folder 10: The death and funeral of Chief John MacLeod of MacLeod, February 2007
Sub-Series D: Games
Box 106
Folder 11: Alaskan Scottish Highland Games
Folder 12: Caledonian Club of San Francisco: 130th Annual Scottish Gathering and Games
Folder 13: Capital District Scottish Games: Schenectady, New York
Folder 14: Central New York Games
Folder 15: Central Virginia Scottish Festival and Games at Scotchtown
Folder 16: Annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering
Folder 17: 15th Annual Colonial Highland Gathering, Fair Hill, Maryland, June 5, 1976
Folder 18: Flora MacDonald Highland Games, Red Springs, North Carolina
Folder 19: Glasgow Kentucky Highland Games and Parade
Folder 20: Grandfather Mountain Games, North Carolina (I)
Folder 21: Grandfather Mountain Games, North Carolina (II)
Folder 22: Highland Games and Scottish Events (flyer), 1978
Folder 23: Highlands and Islands Associations of Celtic Gatherings Inc., Annual Scottish Games and Celtic Festival on the Gulf Coast
Folder 24: 1st Annual Jacksonville Scottish Highland Games, February 17, 1996
Folder 25: 32nd Annual Ligonier Highland Games, 1990
Folder 26: Loch Norman Highland Games
Folder 27: Macalester College Scottish Country Fair Highland Games, St. Paul Minnesota, 1989
Folder 28: Orlando Scottish Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans, 1989
Folder 29: Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and Games
Folder 30: Annual Savannah Scottish Games and Highland Gathering
Folder 31: Southeast Florida Scottish Festival and Games
Folder 32: Stone Mountain Highland Games
Folder 33: Tennessee Valley: North Alabama Scottish Festival, 1992
Folder 34: 4th Annual Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games, 1990
Folder 35: Tidewater Festival
Folder 36: Virginia Scottish Games
Folder 37: Waxhaw Scottish Games and Gathering of the Clans, Waxhaw, North Carolina
Folder 38: Williamsburg Virginia Scottish Festival
Folder 39: Miscellaneous games and events
Box Oversize 1
Item 9: Glennfiddich Games poster, May 14-15, 1983
Box Oversize 2
Item 3: Grandfather Mountain-Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans-flyers, 1950s-1960s
Sub-Series E: Visits
Box 107
Folder 1: Associated Clan MacLeod Societies accommodation scheme, February 22, 1973
Folder 2: Invitation to New York, Central Atlantic, and New England MacLeods to visit Maybelle MacLeod Luman at her estate Dunvegan in Crozet Virginia, March 28, 1964
Folder 3: Alice MacNab, 1975
Folder 4: Dr. George F. MacLeod of Iona, 1970s?
Folder 5: Chief John and Melita's visit to Princeton, New Jersey, 1977
Folder 6: Chief John and Melita's Chief John and Melita's visit to the Carolinas, March 1980
Folder 7: The Magical Misty Tour: report of U.S. visit of Norman of Suardal and his wife Sheila, written by Neil Stewart MacLeod, March 1987
Folder 8: Torquil Roderick of the MacLeods of Lewes and wife Mary: tour of the U.S.A., July-August 1989
Folder 9: Angus and Julia's visit to America, 1991
Folder 10: Chief John's visit to South Africa, 2004
Folder 11: Chief Hugh MacLeod's visit to New York City, 2007
Sub-Series F: Visits-Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod
Box 107
Folder 12: Canada visit, 1951
Folder 13: Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod U.S. visit with twin grandsons, 1953
Folder 14: Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod, Canadian trip, 1955-56
Folder 15: Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod U.S. visit, 1955-56
Folder 16: Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod U.S. visit, 1957
Folder 17: Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod U.S. visit, 1958
Folder 18: Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod U.S. visit, 1961
Folder 19: Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod U.S. visit, 1962
Folder 20: Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod U.S. visit, 1964
Folder 21: Announcement of upcoming visit by Chief Flora, January 1965
Folder 22: Draft of itinerary for Dame Flora and Joan Wolridge Gordon's visit, 1969?
Folder 23: Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod: visits to Washington D.C., 1968-1972
Folder 24: Miscellaneous clippings
Sub-Series G: Queen's Visit to Dunvegan
Box 107
Folder 25: Clippings
Sub-Series H: Workshops
Box 107
Folder 26: Clan MacLeod historical seminars, 1986, 1994
Sub-Series I: Miscellaneous events: United States
Box 107
Folder 27: Clan MacLeod Society gathering: Millis, Massachusetts, December 9, 1955
Folder 28: Clan MacLeod Society gathering: Jacksonville, Florida, March 2, 1957
Folder 29: Funeral program for Angus MacLeod and article, May 1958
Folder 30: Scottish Nationality Day at the New York's World Fair, August 16, 1964
Folder 31: Clan MacLeod Society gathering, October 7, 1967
Folder 32: Funeral program for Marietta McLeod and clippings regarding her death, December 21, 1972
Box 108
Folder 1: Bay-Area gathering for the MacLeods, November 15, 1980
Folder 2: Christmas Walk, Alexandria VA, 1980-1982; 1990; 2002
Folder 3: Informal Celidh, Arlington, Massachusetts, May 1981
Folder 4: Two Big Events, May 1982
Folder 5: Memorial service for Maybelle Luman, September 25, 1982
Folder 6: In Honor of Daniel R. MacLeod: South Carolina Attorney General, 1959-1983, Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, South Carolina, January 6, 1983
Folder 7: Clan MacLeod-Carolinas party, September 17, 1983
Folder 8: MacLeod-MacDonald Celidh in Lumberton North Carolina, October 5, 1985
Folder 9: Memorial service for Virginia L. MacLeod, November 14, 1985
Folder 10: 1st Annual Highland Fling Weekend and 12th Annual Burns Dinner, Robert Burns Society of the Midlands, Columbia, South Carolina, January 20, 1990
Folder 11: 5th Annual gathering of the Clans and Queen Victoria Birthday Celebration Fort Vancouver, Washington, May 20, 1990
Folder 12: Clan MacLeod Society of Southern California, 9th Annual Skye Ball, October 13, 1990
Folder 13: Skye Celidh-Clan MacLeod Society Metropolitan Chapter, Chevy Chase Country Club, Glendale California, October 12, 1991
Folder 14: Spring in the Highlands of Watertown, Massachusetts, May 15, 1994
Folder 15: Kirkin O' the Tartan: Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah Georgia, May 14, 1995
Folder 16: The Amazing Gathering of the MacLeods, Braintree, Massachusetts, July 20-23, 1995
Folder 17: Doug MacLeod's 75th Birthday, January 20, 1996
Folder 18: Scottish Heritage Celebration: Laurinburg, Lumberton, and Red Springs North Carolina, 1996
Folder 19: To a Life Well Lived-A service in memory of Charles Anderson McLeod: 1916-1998
Folder 20: Obituary/funeral: Frances E. Pearson, July 28, 2000
Folder 21: Tartan Day Parade, New York City, 2007
Folder 22: Coming Events Schedule, undated
Folder 23: Colonial Cup Gathering, South Carolina, undated
Folder 24: MacLeod Day, Harnett County Centennial, undated
Box Oversize 1
Item 10: Proclamation of Clan MacLeod Week in Decatur, Georgia, April 19, 1990
Sub-Series J: Miscellaneous events: Scotland and Elsewhere
Box 108
Folder 25: Invitation to the wedding of Anne Howard to Patrick Wolridge Gordon, 1962?
Folder 26: Tour of Isles of Lewis and Harris, August 3-6, 1974
Folder 27: Laura Margaret MacLeod's visit to Nova Scotia and Toronto, Summer 1984
Folder 28: Clan MacLeod Society of Scotland Centenary Weekend, September 19-22, 1991
Folder 29: The Iona Community: A service of thanksgiving and recommitment in gratitude for the life of George Fielden MacLeod, September 21, 1991
Folder 30: Dunvegan Castle 12th Arts Festival, July, 1992
Folder 31: The Grand MacLeod Reunion in Ireland, 1993
Folder 32: Grand Reunion in Scotland, 1994
Folder 33: Alexander McLeod's European trip, 1998
Folder 34: Clan MacLeod Society of England: dinner at the House of Lords, July 30, 1998
Folder 35: Clan MacLeod [Society] of England: annual dinners, 2001 and 2001
Folder 36: Associated Clan MacLeod Societies 40th birthday weekend, January-February 2001
Folder 37: New Zealand Gathering, 2003
Folder 38: Service of thanksgiving and celebration of Norman MacLeod of Suardal, 1920-2005
Folder 39: North Idaho College, Scotland study and tour, undated

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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