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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 X: Photographs, 1899-2006
This series contains photographs relating to the events, places, and members of Clan MacLeod. The series is divided into eight sub-series. Sub-series A: Annual General Meeting; Sub-series B: Dunvegan Castle; Sub-series C: Events; Sub-series D: Parliament; Sub-series E: Portraits; Sub-series F: Portraits-Dame Flora; Sub-series G: Unknown Events; Sub-series H: Miscellaneous. This series is arranged in chronological and alphabetical order.
Sub-Series A: Annual General Meeting
Box 108
Folder 40: Annual banquet, January 1957
Folder 41: Annual banquet, January 1958
Folder 42: Annual general meeting and banquet photos, undated, 1950s-1960s
Folder 43: Joan Wolridge Gordon, Norman W. MacLeod, and Donald B. MacLeod, February 1965
Folder 44: Annual general meeting dinner with Patrick and Anne Wolridge Gordon, Joan Wolridge Gordon and Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod, 1970
Folder 45: Debutantes presented at Annual General Meeting, 1970
Folder 46: Annual general meeting: Nashville, Tennessee, 1975
Folder 47: Annual general meeting: Princeton, New Jersey, 1978
Box 109
Folder 1: Miscellaneous annual general meeting photos, 1970s?
Folder 2: Miscellaneous annual general meeting photos, 1980s?
Box Oversize 2
Item 4: Oversize photo of the Skye Association of New York, 26th annual Dinner in honor of Dr. Herbert MacLeod, Building Trades Club (includes letter from April 10, 1990 giving descriptive information about the photo), February 12, 1937
Item 5: Oversize photo of the 13th Annual Dinner of the Clan MacLeod Society of America, Waldorf-Astoria, New York City, February 4, 1967
Item 6: Oversize photo of the 15th Annual Dinner of the Clan MacLeod Society of America, Waldorf-Astoria, New York City, February 4, 1969
Sub-Series B: Dunvegan Castle
Box 109
Folder 3: Photos of Dunvegan Castle: exterior
Folder 4: Interior: dining room with Dame Flora's portrait and unidentified visitors. Staff photo by Tom Rogers of the Tennessean
Folder 5: B/W and color photos of the castle at sunset, undated
Folder 6: Negatives of Dunvegan Castle and grounds
Folder 7: Paintings of Dunvegan Castle and grounds
Box Oversize 1
Item 11: Exterior photo of Dunvegan Castle with sheep in foreground
Sub-Series C: Events
Box 109
Folder 8: Dame Flora's arrival in New York, 1953
Folder 9: John and Patrick Wolridge Gordon's arrival in New York on their first visit to the U.S.A.
Folder 10: Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod and Dr. Louis LaMotte, president of Presbyterian Junior College, Maxton, North Carolina.
Folder 11: Dame Flora speaking at Fayetteville MacLeod Clan Meeting (group photo in multiple parts), September 28, 1953
Folder 12: Dame Flora's visits to the United States, 1950s
Folder 13: Organizing committee: Chicago, Illinois, February 19-20, 1954
Folder 14: Clan MacLeod Society of U.S.A.'s wedding gift to John and Drusilla, 1961
Folder 15: Dame Flora and Seton Gordon talking at Boreraig Day, undated
Folder 16: Photo slides of Dame Flora's funeral, 1976
Folder 17: Clan and society leaders at Grandfather Mountain Games (includes Purdy MacLeod), July 1983
Folder 18: Chief Torquil Roderick's visit to the United States, 1989
Folder 19: Dunvegan Foundation Workshop, Nashville Tennessee, April 4, 1992
Folder 20: Presentation to Alexander C. MacLeod, M.D., F.S.A. with a rendition of the Associated Clan MacLeod Societies arms, 1994
Folder 21: Associated Clan MacLeod Societies meeting in Bendigo, Australia, May 1999
Folder 22: Genealogist Jim Hunter's visit to North Carolina, 2000s
Folder 23: New Zealand gathering group photo, 2003
Folder 24: 50th anniversary dinner group photo, 2004
Folder 25: North American gathering in Chicago, group photo, 2004
Folder 26: Chicago Gathering photos, 2004
Folder 27: Suradal House renovation project, 2004
Sub-Series D: Parliament
Box 109
Folder 28: Parliament group photo, 1956
Folder 29: Parliament: members departing to Scotland, 1956
Folder 30: Parliament photos, 1968
Folder 31: Undated Parliament photos, 1960s?
Folder 32: Parliament group photo, 1971
Folder 33: Parliament photos?, 1998
Folder 34: Parliament group photo, 2002
Folder 35: Parliament group photo, 2006
Sub-Series E: Portraits
Box 109
Folder 36: Murray, Nancy, Kristine Anderson, 1970s?
Folder 37: Joan Wolridge Gordon and Marietta MacLeod, 1960s
Folder 38: Mary MacLeod Layton, 1963
Folder 39: Anne MacLeod, Bruce MacLeod, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
Folder 40: Brenda MacLeod, 1938-39?
Folder 41: John A. MacLeod and family, 1800s-1900s
Folder 42: John MacLeod of MacLeod, 1950s, 1970s
Folder 43: Laura Margaret MacLeod, 1950s, 1960s, 1980s
Folder 44: Marietta MacLeod and family, 1950s
Folder 45: Maud MacLeod and family, 1970s-80s
Folder 46: Murdo MacLeod and family, 1999
Folder 47: Neil MacLeod and family, 1990s?
Folder 48: J. Norman MacLeod, 1976-77
Box 110
Folder 1: Sir Reginald MacLeod of MacLeod
Folder 2: Robert (Bob) MacLeod
Folder 3: Virginia MacLeod and Frances Pearson
Folder 4: Ralph and Robin March
Folder 5: Dr. Alexander C. McLeod and family, 1980s-90s
Folder 6: Dick and Barbara McLeod, 1990s
Folder 7: Miscellaneous MacLeod portraits
Folder 8: Miscellaneous portrait negatives
Sub-Series F: Portraits-Dame Flora
Box 110
Folder 9: Photo of painted portrait of Dame Flora by W.O. Hutchinson, 1952
Folder 10: Portrait at entrance to Dunvegan Castle through the sea-gate, British Travel Association photo, 1953
Folder 11: Magazine photo of Dame Flora in front of Dunvegan Castle, from Society Magazine, 1970
Folder 12: As Dame Flora enters her 100th year on February 3rd: photo by Tom Rogers of the Tennessean, 1975
Folder 13: Remembrance photo of Dame Flora
Folder 14: Negative of Dame Flora on Dunvegan grounds
Box Oversize 1
Item 12: Photo of painted portrait of Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod by W.O. Hutchinson, signed Laura Margaret from Flora MacLeod of MacLeod, Hold Fast by Dame Flora, 1952
Item 13: Portrait by Elizabeth M. Layton, 1955
Sub-Series G: Unknown Events
Box 110
Folder 15: Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod and unidentified group, 1940s-1950s?
Folder 16: Maryland/Washington D.C. gathering, 1980s?
Folder 17: Clan MacLeod of Germany gathering?
Sub-Series H: Miscellaneous
Box 110
Folder 18: Clan MacLeod Dancers
Folder 19: ODU Archives photos
Folder 20: Photo of the official arms of the Associated Clan MacLeod Societies
Folder 21: Scotland photos
Folder 22: West Virginia Highlanders Legion Pipe Band, various events, 1987-88
Folder 23: Miscellaneous photos
Folder 24: Negative of Murdoch McLeod crest
Folder 25: Slide and negatives of Clan Crest

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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