William Buchanan's groundbreaking book "An Inquiry into the Genealogy and
Present Stare of Ancient Scottish Surnames" was one of the first of the great
histories of the Highland clans. Originally published in 1723, it predated James
Logan's "The Scottish Gael" by more than a
century and Frank Adam's "The Clans, Septs, and
Regiments of the Scottish Highlands" by nearly two.
Buchanan's primary purpose in writing the book was to present the history of
his own family of Buchanan; his "Historical and Genealogical Essay upon the
Family and Surname of Buchanan" comprises over half the book. But he did as
well provide histories of the following clans: MacDonald, MacDougal, MacNeil,
MacLean, MacLeod, Mac-Intosh, MacPherson, Robertson, MacFarlane, Cameron,
MacNauchtan, MacGregor, Colquhoun, Lamont, and MacAulay. He also included a
transcription of "The Geneologies of the Chieff Clans of the Iles: Collected by
Me, Sir Donald Monro, Heigh Dean of the Iles", which in turn gave early
information about: Clan Donald, the Earls of Ross and Abbots of Ferne, and Clan
Gunn, Clan Leod, and Clan Leandris (now surnamed Ross).
The Buchanan section
provides detailed information about the main branch of the family, as well as
the collateral branches of Auchmar, Spittel, Arnpryor, Drumikill, Carbeth,
Lenny, Auchneiven, Miltoun, Cashill, Arduill, Sallochie, and the septs of
MacAuslan, MacMillan, MacColman, MacMaurice, MacAndeoir, MacChruiter, and
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