On Wed, 25 Dec 1996 11:42:09 PST Scott Robert Ladd
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>Let's see if I have this correct:
>The clans are Highland groups based around a landholding laird.
>They grew out of the older "thanes" from before the 10th
>Century. The "septs" are separate families connected to a
>Is that right?
>Then how do I know where, for example, a specific surname
>fits in the clan structure? For example, what clan is the
>surname MacDiarmaid (McDermut, et al) a part of? I'm aware
>of its Irish roots, but that's the extent of my knowledge.
>Scott Robert Ladd
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Dear Mr. Ladd,
There are some outstanding references books on the Scottish clans
and their affiliated surnames, which are available at many good
In addition, many of the larger families maintain their own web
pages. For instance the "Bell" family assoc. maintains a page.
Also, I believe that the College of Arms in Edinburgh has a good
bit of that information on file. You could try sending them e-mail or a
The subtle differences in spelling are due to the migrations of
the old racial groups like the picts, angles, scots, etc. Many of whom
Toby A. Rider