The Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands

Eighth Edition


Author: Adam, Frank
Publication Date: 1970
Reprint Date: 2012
Pages: 624 pp.


This standard work on the Highland clans is the most accurate account of Scottish clans, tartans, and fighting regiments ever published. The eighth edition features an alphabetical list of Scottish family names arranged according to the clans with which they were associated.

An authoritative and beautiful book, ranging across the entire spectrum of Scottish history and culture, it is primarily an encyclopedia of Scottish clanship, devoted, in the main, to a discussion of the following subjects: Scottish Highlands, Highland garb, the tartan, Highland surnames and titles, Highland regiments, coats of arms in the clan system, Highland chiefs and chieftans, badges of clans and families, and lists of clan septs and dependents. Nowhere in print is there as complete an account of the Scottish Highlands in all these aspects.

The work was originally published in 1908, with a second edition in 1924 and a third in 1934. The late Sir Thomas Innes of Learney edited and revised it from the fourth edition (1952) to the eighth edition of 1970.

“Essential.”– P.W. Filby, American & British Genealogy & Heraldry (1970).

“. . . Long lists of the clans with their appropriate septs; and to trace yourself to a sept means that you trace yourself to one of the clans.”–L.G. Pine, American Origins (1960).

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