Re: [albanach] Family Surnames (was: That Film)
- Thank you for your input , Sharon...Sorry for the late reply but I have been ill, having trouble with my ISP dialup (live rurally) and haven't been getting or receiving mail due to full inbox, etc. For me, I would just like to know more about my Buchanan heritage and would like to devise a name that incorporates my given name Buchanan, Kathie Ann...I thought about Cassandra Buchanan, but do not yet fully understand the requirements for SCA...I meant that the map on the site showed Loch Lomond...It is in the Clans and Tartans book (The best one we have , modern?) ...besides Squire and Way and Black's...which I do not have access to...so you will have to forgive my ignorance on these subjects...being new to this group, in the process of geneology research and just wanting to be who I am but looking for a little more for SCA purposes... Respectfully,
----- Original Message -----
From: Sharon L. Krossa
Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2002 5:35 AM
Subject: Re: [albanach] Family Surnames (was: That Film)
At 12:20 AM -0400 8/27/02, kathie buchanan-evans wrote:
>Thank you for your kind reply! I was told by others that one
>usually uses the name of the ''lands" of the name (Buchanan
>Loch Lomond (north-east) is the Clan Lands , Slogan: Chlar-innis (an
>island in Loch Lomond, check Sharon's site, I believe for an old map
>of these lands...looks like we were surrounded by bogs:),
I'm not sure what you're saying here?
>Badges: Billberry and Oak,
Note that so far we haven't really been able to date plant badges to
>You probably know the Motto:
>Brighter Hence the Honour...and if you have more info on the meaning
>of this , I would appreciate it.
George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire, in _Scottish Clan & Family
Encyclopedia_ (one of the better and more reliable of the clan books
-- not perfect, but generally sound, especially when it comes to
heraldry, including mottos) indicate the Buchanan motto is "Clarior
hinc honos" which they translate as "Hence the brighter honour".
>Also, the Clan Buchanan is "said
>to desend from Anselon (others, the afoementioned book, say Abselon,
>son of MacBeth), Son of the King of Ulster, who received the lands
>of Buchanan on the shores of Loch Lomond in 1016,
Way and Squire say "granted by the Earls of Lennox to one Absalon
around 1225". I would trust Way and Squire's 1225 over 1016.
>The afoementioned bo
>ok on Clans says the lands of "buth chanain"
>(the seat/house of the canon/canon may be alluded to some sort of
>connection with "the ancient Celtic Church families or himself a
Well, note that this is a placename -- the place got named after a
canon (or rather, after his house ;-). Subsequent people who were
called <de Buchanan> had nothing to do with canons, they only had to
do with the place. (And the eponymous canon himself is really
unlikely to have ever been called <de Buchanan>, since he was so
famous the land got named after him, so it's unlikely he'd get named
after the land ;-) As an analogy, if I were to be called (using
medieval naming) "Sharon of San Jose", this would not indicate that I
have anything to do with Joseph the saint, it indicates that I come
from a place named San Jose (well, the area near San Jose, in my case
>Ibid: Clans and Tartans. In "Old Gaelic pronounced
Well, in Old Gaelic (Old Irish/Early Gaelic or Middle Irish/Middle
Gaelic, up to around 1200) it would have been pronounced roughly
\BOOTH KHAHN-ahn\. But later, yes, it would have been roughly \BOO
KHAHN-ahn\ in either Gaelic or Scots pronunciation. In both cases the
\BOO\ is like English <boo>, (but *not* like English <book>) and the
\KH\ is the rasping sound of the <ch> in Scottish <loch> or German
<ach> and <Bach>.
>The lands known as buth chanain were "granted in 1225 by
>the Earl of Lennox"... and..." lie east of Loch Lomond". I do not
>understand the discrepancy in time except that most history was
>either oral tradition
No, the discrepancy is undoubtedly because someone (modern) got it
wrong when they said 1016. We only know the around 1225 date because
we have documentary evidence that indicates a grant around that time.
(See Black, s.n. Buchanan for specific cites of documents.)
>("committed to memory ...each household
>retained and honoured
>a "seannachie" " for this purpose... Ibid: Clans and Tartans.
Well, significant Gaelic ruling kindreds did. I do not know that the
Buchanans did -- or if they ever did, they don't seem terribly likely
to have been doing so by late period. (I'm not saying the definitely
didn't, but this is one of those cases where I'd like to see evidence
that they actually did have the trappings of a Gaelic chiefly family
before concluding that they did.)
>were confiscated in 1425. The Buchanan coat of arms/shield is the
>same as The Royal House of Stewart
>except Black, not Red...
Note that the red version aren't the arms of the Royal House of
Stewart, they are the Royal Arms of Scotland, both before and after
there were any Stewarts on the throne.
>PS...based on the above Canonach seems quite plausible to me...but I
>am uncertain of "ach" , does it mean "of the"?
No, it is a Gaelic suffix that usually makes Gaelic nouns into
adjectives (much as "-ish" and "-[i]an" do in English), but also can
be used substantively (either using such an adjective as a noun or
else using the suffix to create a noun).
In this case, <Cananach> is just a Gaelic word meaning "canon" (as in
a kind of priest).
Sharon L. Krossa, krossa@...
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