Clan Scott Society, Inc. (Previously known as Clan Scott,
U.S.A. and Clan Scott Society of the
To associate together those bearers of the surname Scott, associated
surnames, and others, for the purpose of a society with common interest
in the study
of the history, culture, and genealogy of the surname Scott; to
by virtue of such study, a basis for pride in past accomplishments
the name Scott, in such field as the Corpus Scoti or the general Clan
membership may from time to time institute; to give impetus to the
reputation and accomplishments of the Clan by appearances, both public
and private, bearing on the Scott history and its relationship to the
history of the Scottish people and their descendants.
Who can join?
Any person meeting the following requirements:
• A regular member shall be eighteen years or older;
How to join
• May bear the surname Scott, or one of the following associated
families (septs), however spelled: Buccleuch, Harden, Balwearie,
Geddes, Laidlaw, Langlands, Napier, or a name originating from
Roxburghshire or the middle Borders of Scotland or be directly
connected by descent or marriage to such a name, or
• Have an interest in the heritage of the Middle March of the Borders
• Although the Clan Scott Society is based in the USA, members may
reside anywhere in the world.
• Spouse and unmarried children under the age of 18 automatically
To obtain a membership application or other information, write
Clan Scott Society
P.O. Box 13021
Austin, Texas 78711-3021
Or click here
to use our online application and make your dues payment.
For information on your membership status or
update you address, email address, or phone number in our records,
please contact the Membership
Secretary at the address above or by using the link (to the
Cost to join
Various categories of membership are available. Dues amounts
reflect rates established in 2005 and are subject to change. Dues
are payable on a calendar year basis with no proration. However, those
joining after September 1st receive paid-up membership through December
of the following calendar year. You may use a printable Membership Application in PDF
(Acrobat) format or you can Join
Online using our online forms with debit or credit payment through
Regular Membership $30*
Life Membership $100-700 depending on age
* Includes one-time $5 initiation fee; dues are payable in US
How dues are used
As a heritage organization with a history dating to1971, all monies go
toward the objectives of the
Society. All officers and representatives serve without compensation.
The activities we
- Sponsorship of and participation in various Scottish
Highland games throughout the United States;
- Publication of the Clan quarterly newsletter, the Stag
- Awarding various trophies at games and scholarships to
perpetuation of Scottish traditions and cultural arts.
Scott Society has a committee of volunteer genealogists who may
assist members at no cost by suggesting sources and techniques to use
your search for your family history. The experienced researchers
of our genealogy committee may know of techniques and sources to assist
less experienced researchers.
To find out more about the Clan’s genealogy resources, contact
our Society’s genealogy chairman.
Inquiries may also be mailed to the Clan’s P.O. Box. listed above.
Sponsorships and Affiliations
The Clan Scott Society is a member of the Council of Scottish Clans &
Associations (COSCA) and The Caledonian
Foundation. The Clan
Scott Society is a supporter of the Odom
Library Family Tree online newspaper and is a supporter of Rootsweb.com by administering
several surname research email lists.
The Clan Scott Society is an organizational member of the National Genealogical Society
and supports the NGS standards for sound genealogical research.
What's in it for me?
- Clan Scott will send you an attractive membership
suitable for framing, when your membership is approved.You have the
opportunity to join others in celebrating your Scottish heritage,
customs and culture; to learn more together; to be part of an
organization which joins other Societies in sponsoring Scottish
activities around the country.
- As a member, you will receive the Clan's quarterly
newsletter, the Stag & Thistle, full of entertaining and
educational articles to keep you informed of Clan activities and our
shared heritage. Members
are encouraged to contribute articles and information.
- The Clan administers the Rootsweb SCOTT surname genealogy
distribution list for the benefit of Scott surname researchers
worldwide. The Clan also administers similar distribution lists for the
Buckalew, Buccleuch, Harden, Laidlaw, and Langlands surnames.
- The Clan has volunteer genealogists who may help you in
your family research. The Clan maintains a growing exclusive database
of member-submitted family trees.
- A system of commissioners across the country will help
you up to date on local and national activities and may invite you to
Scottish events in your area.
- Members are encouraged to include their email address on
their application so they will be included in the Clan's private email
communications system. This exclusive email distribution system keeps
Internet-connected members informed of Clan-related events and news in
a timely fashion.
- The Clan sponsors annual scholarships for those studying
Scottish Performing Arts.
Informal meetings are held at the Clan's tent at various games,
festivals, and gatherings as sponsored by the area Commissioner. A
larger and more formal Annual General Meeting, held for business
purposes, is held at a different festival or gathering each year,
rotating the meeting geographically throughout the USA.
Chief: Richard Walter John Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 10th
Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry KBE, FRSE
Charles Sherwood, Chieftain (2011-2015)
Forrest C. Shields, Deputy Chieftain (2011-2015)
David Scott, Membership Secretary (2011-2017)
Ken R. Scott, Corporate Secretary (2013-2017)
Christine Argyle, Treasurer (2011-2015)
Bryon L. Scott, Member at Large (2011-2015)
Jay Sparks, Member at Large (2013-2017)
Clan Seat: Branxholm Castle near Hawick, Scotland
Border Home of the Chief: Bowhill near Selkirk,
Clan Motto: Amo
Clan Slogan: A Bellendaine!
Plant Badge: Blaeberry
Crest Badge: Stag tripant, encircled by a belt and buckle. The
stag is the crest of the Chief's Arms. The belt and buckle indicate the
clansman's adherence to the Clan Chief. It is not the personal crest of
Patronymic: Scott, Gaelic name: Scot, Scotach
Tartans include: Red Dress Scott, Green Scott, Brown
& White, and their Weathered and Ancient variants. More than
20 tartans are connected to the Scott surname or associated families.
(Members have online access to a complete description of all the
registered Scott tartans.)
Membership count (as of August 2013): 574 active member
families totaling over 1078 members and their eligible children.