Clan Buchanan Society International

Williamsburg , Virginia

The Clan Buchanan Society International, Inc. (CBSI)

The CBSI was formed in 1970 as the Clan Buchanan Society in America.  It was founded at the Grandfather Mountain Games in North Carolina.  The name was later changed to the Clan Buchanan Society International Inc., to reflect our society's expanded purpose and membership.

The Clan Buchanan Society International is sanctioned by John Michael Baillie-Hamilton Buchanan, Chief of the Name and Arms of Buchanan.

The Buchanan at the New Hampshire Highland Games 2019, by Regan Byrne

The society is currently divided into fifteen international regions with members active throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Mexico and other parts of the world.  The wonderful thing about the CBSI is that any person who is of Buchanan descent or one of the Septs can join and celebrate their Scottish heritage.  To see if you are a Buchanan visit  

As a member you will receive our full color quarterly magazine "The Buchanan Banner" (delivered digitally), have access to our genealogy website, and receive updates and news on coming events where you can visit one of our award winning Buchanan Clan Tents.

Arms of the Chief of Buchanan

Why choose to be a member?
*  First and foremost is pride in being Scottish,
*  Second is a wonderful full color quarter magazine (delivered digitally) that keeps you informed of our history and what’s going on in Buchanan land,
*  Third is the access to help you in doing genealogy if that is your hobby,
*  Fourth, is the comradeship that you have with your fellow clanmates as you visit clan tents at hightland games and festivals.

Our society promotes Scottish heritage and traditions. Our members participate in special events around the world. 

Clan Buchanan members from the USA, Australia, South Africa, Ireland and all four countries of the United Kingdom, gather before making their way up to the 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.  Clan Buchanan was the honored Clan for the event.

George McAusland, CBSI Regional Director for Scotland, taking the Gaelic Chiefs toast, with the Chiefs from Clan MacGregor and Clan Hannay on the night at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh, 2017. 

If Your Name is Here... You are a Buchanan
Bohannon, Calman, Colman, Cormack, Cousland, Dewar, Dove, Dow, Gibb, Gibbon, Gibson, Gilbert, Gilbertson, Harper, Harperson, Leavy, Lennie, Lenny, MacAldonich, MacAlman, MacAslan, MacAslin, MacAuselan, MacAuslan, MacAusland, MacAuslane, MacAlman, MacAlmont, MacAmmond, MacAsland, MacChruiter, MacCalman, MacColman, MacCormack, MacCubbin, MacCubbing, MacCubin, MacGeorge, MacGibbon, MacGreuisich, MacGubbin, MacInally, MacIndeor, MacIndoe, MacKinlay, MacKinley, MacMaster, MacMaurice, MacMurchie, MacMurchy, MacNeur, MacNuir, MacNuyer, MacQuattie, MacWattie, MacWhirter, Masters, Masterson, MacCaslin, Morrice, Morris, Morrison*, Murchie, Murchison, Richardson, Risk, Rush, Rusk, Ruskin, Spittal, Spittel, Walter, Walters, Wason, Waters, Watson, Watt, Watters, Weir, Yuill, Yool, Yule, Zuill.

Please remember that many of these names have several variations in spelling.  If you have questions contact us at

*Refers to Morrison of Perthshire only. All other Morrisons should see Clan Morrison.

More projects supported by the CBSI

Clan Buchanan Y-DNA Project
The Buchanan DNA project is hosted at Family Tree DNA

Buchanan Heraldry
Clan Buchanan Society International, Inc.

For a very comprehensive history of the Heraldry of the Buchanan's go to Claude Buchanan's incredible website: Heraldry of the Clan Buchanan

Early Buchanan Heraldry
Early Buchanan seals may have appeared similar to this Boars Head Seal:

The earliest appearance of the Lion in the Buchanan Arms (above) was after the marriage of Walter Buchanan to Isobel Stewart a member of the Scottish Royal Family. Originally it was probably red. This was changed to black after 1425 to mourn the death of Isobel's father, Duke of Albany. With his death, the Buchanan's one claim to the throne of Scotland was lost.   Silver tears have later been added to some representations of the Black Lion, referring to the sadness of Clan Buchanan at not having a Clan Chief since 1680.

The Crest Badge

The Crest Badge of the Buchanans: a ducal cap raised in victory celebrates Sir Alexander Buchanan's victory over the Duke of Clarence (King's son ) at the Battle of Bauge in France; also known and still celebrated in France as "The Day the Scots Saved France".

Buchanan Mottoes
Clarior Hinc Honos = "Henceforth forward the honour shall grow ever brighter" or "Brighter Hence the Honour"

Another well-known motto of the Buchanans is:
Audaces Juvo = I Help the Brave

The Chief's Banner

The double tressure flory and counter flory were added to the Arms in the 1600's probably by John Buchanan of that Ilk. There are some who believe it was awarded by King Charles of France after Sir Alexander's heroic deeds at the Battle of Bauge (the day the Scots saved France), but this is most likely a myt

The complete Heraldic Achievement (Coat of Arms) of John Buchanan of that Ilk.  John was the last Laird of the Clan Buchanan and died in 1681.  This rendering beautifully incorporates all the elements of the Buchanan Arms, Badge/Crest, and Motto.  It was John Buchanan who probably added the double tressure flory counter-flory to a Buchanan Coat of Arms for the first time.
(Courtesy Claude Buchanan)

Clan Symbols
Clan Plant:  Bilberry

Buchanan Tartans
There are a number of Buchanan tartans of different shades, including those illustrated below, most commonly associated with Clan Buchanan; Weathered (Vegetable Dye), Hunting, Ancient and Modern.

Buchanan Hunting Ancient

Buchanan Old Sett Ancient

Buchanan Old Sett Weathered

Tartans of the Septs of Clan Buchanan

Watson Ancient

Weir Ancient

Weir Modern

MacKinlay Ancient

MacKinlay Modern


The Chief of the Names and Arms of Buchanan
John Michael Baillie-Hamilton Buchanan of that Ilk
and Arnprior
Chief of the Name and Arms of Buchanan

In August 2018 Michael Buchanan was confirmed by Lord Lyon, King of Arms, head of the Lyon Court in Scotland as 20th Chief of the Name and Arms of Buchanan. He is the first Chief of the Clan in 337 years.

The Buchanan, John Michael Buchanan of that Ilk and Arnprior, was born on 14 September 1958. He is the son of John Neil Buchanan Baillie-Hamilton of Arnprior and Hon. Caroline Barbara Barrie. Michael married The Lady Buchanan, Paula Frances Hickman M.D., daughter of John Hickman, on 22 October 1994. He graduated from Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, with a Master of Arts (M.A.) Michael is the manager of Cambusmore Estate in the Southern Highlands near Callander. He has four children including heir apparent, Angus John Buchanan younger of that Ilk, Bruce, Lucy, and Rory.

The Chief's Standard