Clan MacTavish (Gaelic is MacTamhais, meaning "Son of Thomas") is NOT a sept of Clan Campbell. According to the Lord Lyon, King of Arms (who is the absolute in Scotland for decisions on who is Chief of a Clan), Clan MacTavish is a "distinct and independent" Clan. No matter what we desire to do with the future, the "truth of history past" cannot be changed, it cannot be undone.
In the confusion today of understanding Clans and Septs, it is no wonder that people in North American and other hemispheres are confused by what they see posted on the Internet and with different, unauthorized people claiming to have the "correct information". The best place to find out whether Clan MacTavish is a Clan or a Sept is at the Office of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh, Scotland. Not much different than checking on public records at a courthouse in the States to verify the validity of the furnished information.
I quote from a recent letter from Lyon:
24 May 2000
"Clan MacTavish is not a sept of Clan Campbell. It is a distinct Clan". "Dugald MacTavish is is Chief of Clan MacTavish".
"It is a pity that all these people spend time looking at the wrong records when they
are in the Lyon Office. The time would be more profitably be spent in Consulting the
statutory Public Register of All Arms and bearings in SCOTLAND DECLARED BY STATUTE TO BE "THE TRUE AND UNREPEALABLE RULE OF ALL ARMS AND BEARINGS IN SCOTLAND", WHERIN (VOLUME 82, FOLIO 36) EDWARD STEWART DUGALD MacTAVISH OF DUNARDRY is described as Chief of the Clan MacTavish."
Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight
Lord Lyon King of Arms
In reference to Clan MacTavish, we would invite all those interested to contact the Office of the Lord Lyon in Scotland to receive the "correct information".
The correct address for the Lord Lyon is:
The Lord Lyon King of Arms
Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight, KCVO
Court of the Lord Lyon
H. M. New Register House
Edinburgh, EH1 3YT
Tel: 0131-556 7255
Fax: 0131-557 2148
(And, of course, the address of the Lyon Office may be verified.)
As for which Clan you belong to, we encourage you to research your own genealogy. Make a decision for yourself and follow your heart. We are always glad to welcome "supporting members" but feel you should be satisfied with your choice. It's important for you to make a good choice for yourself as you will be researching "your heritage".
We also invite you to visit http://www.discribe.ca/tartans/official/MacTavish/MTindex.html and take a look at the unfolding story of the heritage of the MacTavish, Thompson/Thomson, Cash, and Todd families. Including numerous stated resources. The official web site for Clann MacTamhais is http://www.mactavish.org where you will also have the opportunity to contact the Scottish Highland Chief of Clann MacTamhais. Read the information, decide for yourself.
To all other Scottish Clans and Clan Societies: We sincerely wish you the best you as you build your Clans. Each and every one of us in all Clans should encourage the growth of our neighboring Clans, Scottish Culture, and the research of people seeking their heritage.
In kinship, aye
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