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2009 400th Anniversary Gathering
The 400th Anniversary of the signing of the great Clan Chattan Bond of Union.


The 400th Anniversary of the signing of the great Clan Chattan Bond of Union

Throughout the world, clansmen and clanswoman that bear the names of the great clans, septs and families that comprise the ’16 Hail Kin of the Clan Chattan’ confederation will gather together from ‘all the airts’ to Inverness, Scotland in early August 2009 to rejoice and celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the signing of the great 1609 Clan Chattan Bond of Union.

This unique 400th anniversary observance will be a watershed event in modern-day Scottish clan initiatives. The Clan Chattan Association will host a re-signing of the Clan Chattan bond with wording suitable for our clan confederacy in the 21st Century. We encourage as many clansfolk as possible from around the world to take part in the celebrations and to add their name to the document.

As in 1609, the signing of the 2009 Bond of Union will be headed by many Clan Chiefs.  The first witness of the 1609 bond was the Provost [Mayor] of Inverness.  400 years later, his modern-day counterpart, the present Provost of Inverness will also be the first witness of the bond.

Uniting the modern clan Online, the bond will be available for clan members around the world to sign online during the week of events.  Interested parties can register by e-mail via the Clan Chattan website portal prior to the celebration and re-union.

If your name is one below you will be eligible to sign the Bond. Others with a Clan Chattan ancestor or a local or Highland connection to Clan Chattan country are also invited and encouraged to sign as witnesses.  (For a full list of the associated clans and septs, please go to ):


If you would like to be kept up to date with the times and venue of this event, or how to sign the Bond at a distance, please contact The Clan Chattan Association, PO Box 13817, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland EH26 9HX or you can e-mail:

The 2009 Anniversary is an extraordinary event that highlights the unbreakable ties to the history, land and traditions of this unique tribal confederation.  It is also a testimony to the ancient and evergreen bonds of friendship and family relationships that has allowed the Clan Chattan to survive and thrive for over 800 years of Scottish history.

We urge every member of the individual clans, septs and families of the great Clan Chattan to join us in this unique opportunity to be a part of history in the making.

2009 Anniversary Celebration Events will include:


-Welcome and Registration at the Lochardil House Hotel, Inverness

-Visit to the Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre (with an overview of the Clan Chattan’s pivotal role in the Battle of Culloden at the new visitor’s centre)

-Laying of the Clan Chattan Association Wreath

-Scottish High Tea at the Lochardil House Hotel


-Unveiling of the Memorial at Termit

-March of the Clan Chattan through Inverness to Eden Court


-Signing of the 2009 Bond of Union by the Chiefs and Clan Members in the presence of and witnessed by the Provost of the City of Inverness, at Eden Court


-Highland Field Sports at Moy

-Gathering at the Main Arena

-Storytelling by Ray Owens

-Invitation by Mrs Mackintosh of Mackintosh to lunch in the Clan Tent

-Clan Chattan Association AGM

-Ceilidh at the Thistle Hotel, Inverness.


-Tour of the Clan Country, Strathnairn, Strathdearn and Strathspey including a visit to the Clan Macpherson Museum at Newtonmore

N.B.: Please note that events may change slightly.  A full timetable will be continually updated online.



‘The Clan of the Cats' was a very unique confederation in Highland history.  The early Clan Chattan confederation had its beginnings in the mists of the 12th century.  In 1291 its fortunes combined with that of the burgeoning Clan Mackintosh with the marriage of Eva, heiress of the 6th Chief of Clan Chattan with Angus Mac Ferquhard, the 6th Chief of Clan Mackintosh.  This pivotal union focused and grew the power of the now combined clans towards the central Highlands.  Other small clans and tribes soon were linked to the confederacy by marriage or joined for mutual self-protection.  The Clan Chattan soon comprised of a confederation of 16 clans, tribes and families and was the second or third largest clan entity in the Highlands. From Largs and Bannockburn to Culloden Moor, the Clan Chattan was a collective military force to be reckoned with, taking part in many of the significant battles fought throughout Scotland's history. Originally centred in Lochaber, the Clan Chattan’s area of hegemony encompassed the wide geographic areas of Strathdearn/Strathnairn, central and upper Strathspey and parts of Deeside and upper Glenshee. 

Today’s Highlands-based Clan Chattan Association continues the ethos of its ancestors and gathers its worldwide kin and clan in friendship and celebrates our rich family and Celtic history, heritage and culture.

Primary Contact:

Scotland: The Hon. Membership/Correspondence Secretary Denise McIntosh:

the Clan Chattan Association, PO Box 13817, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland EH26 9YR : e-mail

Secondary Contacts:

Canadian Overseas Member of Council: W. Rex Davidson: Thistle Down House, 3910 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7R 4J2, Canada.

Australian Overseas Member of Council: Peter McGillivray: 1/27 Trafalgar Street, Mount Albert, Victoria, 3127, Australia.

United States Overseas Member of Council: William Shaw of Easter Lair: Wester Crathienaird, 260 Mount Pilchuck Ave. S.W., Issaquah, WA. 98027-3517, USA

“..that perpetual friendship, amity and kindness may remain and abide betwixt them and their chief in times coming and amongst the saids hail kin of the Clanchattan.” 

                                                                                   -1609 Clan Chattan Bond of Union



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