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On February 20, 1975, Angus, the 15th Duke of Hamilton and the Premier Duke of Scotland, authorized the formation of the Clan Hamilton Society. This was the culmination of efforts begun in 1971 by a group of Hamiltons and those of Hamilton descent who gathered each summer at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linville, North Carolina.


The Purposes of the Clan Hamilton Society:


  1. To honor our Scottish heritage and to instill in ourselves and others an interest in the Scottish traditions and culture.
  2. To collect and preserve literary, historical and genealogical records relating to the emigration of Hamiltons from Scotland to North America.
  3. To promote the general interests of the Hamiltons and to cultivate the spirit of kinship and fellowship among all Hamiltons.



The Clan Hamilton Society is governed by officers elected by the membership for a term of two years. They consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. A Clan Council, composed of the current officers and the two immediate Past Presidents, directs the activities of the Society between Annual Meetings. Area Commissioners are appointed by the Council to further the Society's activities in their respective areas.

The Annual Meeting of the Society is held on election years at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games on the second full weekend in July. Annual meetings on alternate years may be held at any other site voted by the membership.

The Clan Hamilton Society is a not for profit corporation operated exclusively for educational purposes and therefore is exempt from taxation pursuant to United States Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). It is incorporated in the State of Tennessee, USA. A copy of the Articles of Association (Bylaws) are available by clicking here.



The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter, An Darach, for the purpose of developing and nurturing the Purposes of the Society and for the dissemination of information about Society activities. It has become an excellent medium for sharing news and items of interest to all members. An Darach is professional printed with many photographs and averages sixteen 8 1/2 x 11 pages.

The Society also provides a repository for genealogical information for Hamiltons and allied families. For this purpose, a genealogical chart was made part of the membership application. A genealogical query or 'swap' column is a part of the newsletter and a Query Page is posted on this Website. Both are available for use by Society members. The Society also exchanges information and works closely with The Hamilton National Genealogical Society.

During the year, the Clan Hamilton Society is represented at many Highland Games and Scottish Festivals throughout North America. This provides a place for members to meet and socialize as well as a place for prospective members to find out more about the Society.

The Society assists Area Commissioners, upon application, with funds to host a Hamilton tent at as many games as possible. The Society always sponsors the event at which the Annual Meeting is held (Grandfather Mountain Games in July, 1998).

Many other Games and Festivals have tents or booths manned by our various Area Commissioners and other members. Be sure and check the Scheduled Events page for the latest list of where we will have a Hamilton tent (shown in bold print). If this page does not show a Hamilton presence at an event in your area or at one in which you have an interest, contact the appropriate Area Commissioner or the Clan Hamiltons President for the latest update or to offer your help.

COSCSA The Society provides financial support for the upkeep and operation of Brodick Castle through the National Trust for Scotland, is a member of The Council of Scottish Clans and Associations, Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada and is an active supporter and patron of Scottish Heritage (USA). Many of our members are leaders in Scottish heritage activities and societies in their home towns and nationally. The Society has active members in Canada. Scotland, England, and Ireland as well as in the USA.

Clan Hamilton Society Membership and Benefits

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