Clan Scott Society
Fact Sheet
Official Name
Clan Scott Society, Inc. (Previously known as Clan Scott, U.S.A. and Clan Scott Society of the Americas)

Clan Objectives
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 provide, by virtue of such study, a basis for pride in past accomplishments under 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;
• 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 of Scotland.   
• 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 become members.
How to join

To obtain a membership application or other information, write to:

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 to 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 left).

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 PayPal.

Regular Membership $30*
Life Membership $100-700 depending on age

* Includes one-time $5 initiation fee; dues are payable in US dollars.

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 support include:

  • Sponsorship of and participation in various Scottish festivals and Highland games throughout the United States;
  • Publication of the Clan quarterly newsletter, the Stag & Thistle;
  • Awarding various trophies at games and scholarships to encourage perpetuation of Scottish traditions and cultural arts.

Clan Scott Society has a committee of volunteer genealogists who may assist members at no cost by suggesting sources and techniques to use in 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 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 certificate, 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 email 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 keep 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 the 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.

Other information

Chief: Richard Walter John Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 10th Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry KBE, FRSE

Elected Officers:

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, Scotland

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 the bearer.

Scott, Gaelic name: Scot, Scotach

include: Red Dress Scott, Green Scott, Brown Scott, Black & 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.

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Last updated 27 February 2014, (c) 2000-2011 (a) Clan Scott Society, Inc.