McWatt Family 


The Scottish use clans to identify their descent.  Each clan has it's own tartan, crest, coat of arms, associated geographical area, and are usually associated with an ancestral castle.

I want to say thank you to my Uncle Archie for the information he has provided me with so far on the clan association.  I am learning as I go, so please bear with me!

Clan My Ancestors
Crest Castle Buchanan



The last name McWatt, passed along by my great, great grandfather belongs to the Clan Buchanan (official tartan above).  

The Buchanan clan is associated with the lands surrounding the shores of Loch Lomond, where my ancestors are from.  The heart of the Buchanan lands lies on Clar Innis, an island on Loch Lomond. The Buchanan territory also includes the lands immediately to the east of Loch Lomond.

The Buchanan Clan has one of the oldest established clan societies in Scotland.


My Ancestors

I am currently in the process of researching my complete ancestry, and hope to develop a family tree soon.  

My direct Scottish roots come from my father, who was born in Bonnybridge, Scotland, a village in the Falkirk area.  The village of Bonnybridge developed in the 19th Century in conjunction with a paper mill, saw mill and iron foundries.

My father was the only child of James and Barbara (Walker) McWatt.  



The crest for the clan Buchanan depicts the family motto of "Clarior Hinc honos" 


Castle Buchanan

The Buchanan castle was built by the 4th duke of Montrose after the Buchanan House was destroyed by fire in 1852. The duke comisioned William Burn to design a new home on higher ground. The castle was completed in 1855. 

Buchanan Castle stands today, although it is now surrounded by a golf course, Club Buchanan Castle. The clubhouse sits on the former grounds of Buchanan house.



The motto for Clan Buchanan is "Clarior hinc Honos" - Which can be translated as "Hence the brighter honour" or "Brighter hence the honour"


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