Clan Lachlan Association of
& Clan MacLachlan Society
clan lachlan The Magazine of the Clan MacLachlan Society
Editor or Bard or Filidh
The Celtic culture was oral and expressed in poetry
and often in song. A Highland Chief retained two bards each with their
retinue of disciples:
the Seanachaidh, the recorder, for genealogy and family history;
the Filidh or Bard for inspiring warriors and extolling the dead; the Filidh was poet, philosopher and statesman as he could teach and influence the Chief, the Council and the clansmen through his poetry.
We now publish a 32 page issue of the "clan lachlan"
bi-annually in Spring and Autumn. The ""clan lachlan" is the growing
record of our collective history and is the main vehicle for informing
our members world wide of the history of individual MacLachlan families
and their experiences in Scotland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the
United States or
wherever fate took them.
Duncan MacLachlan (6) was the Bard of the Society
from 1979 -1989 and developed it from a few typed pages of a newsletter
to a magazine..
Chris MacLaughlin (460) was the next Bard of
the Society. Chris, descended from an Islay family, and educated in
Scotland took charge of the magazine in 1989. He developed it into a
quality publication and produced it until 1997.
Duncan MacLachlan (41), a Canadian who was born and
educated in Scotland but emigrated after his graduation from the
University of Glasgow, has carried on this tradition. He developed the
magazine in content and style to reflect our Celtic and Scottish
Highland heritage. He produced the magazine from 1998 to 2005. He not
only took over the role of Bard but also that of Publisher. He edited
and produced the
magazine in Canada for world wide distribution to our then 1,300
members. He researched and compiled the clan lachlan CD which could only be obtained by an appropriate donation to the Lachlan Trust. The structure of the magazine became :
1.0 Message from the Chief ;
2.0 Articles, well
written with quality photographs, on the experiences of MacLachlans in
the past or on some aspect of Highland tradition or culture;
3.0 Your Family History (the popular biographies of
the families of recently joined members and a good source for long lost
4.0 Branch News from the four corners of the world
Nan Beams took over the position of editor in fall
2006. PDF files are now produced and each Branch is responsible
The colour edition of the magazine is available in the Lachlan Library on the same
day that the PDF file is distributed to printers.
Duncan (41) has designed and compiled the new Lachlan Library.This includes the contents of the CD and complete copies of the magazine from 1998 to
2011 plus a number of articles from magazines prior to 1998.
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