Who We Are

The Society was primarily established to bring together individuals from around the world who share the same Highland heritage. Through our international events and gatherings, we have brought many people together. Also members have access to a wealth of information, enabling them to research their genealogy or become involved in the DNA project. In addition they receive an electronic copy of our Newsletter and are able to contact other members worldwide. The Society is made up of many branches that span several continents and as recogniton of our efforts increase, we will continue to grow into a stronger organisation. Please take this opportunity to browse through our site, and discover some of it's many features.

The Chief

The Chief's Message

A big welcome to members and visitors to the Clan Matheson website. I hope that you will enjoy looking at it and that you will wish to join the Clan Society which is run by enthusiastic volunteers from around the world. We welcome new members, whatever their interest in the Clan. If you have any questions, please go ahead and ask. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sir Alexander Matheson of Matheson, Bt.
28th Chief Of Clan Matheson

Our Objectives

There are branches of the Clan Matheson Society in many countries, linking Clan members through their own social events, newsletters and websites. In addition, the International Clan Society is dedicated to bringing together Mathesons from across the world and to discovering more about the Clan's origins. The Society's genealogy team is actively compiling full records of the various branches and surnames in the extended Clan family, and the Clan has its own DNA project which is using established scientific methods to trace the Clan back to its earliest roots.

What We Can Offer

As a member of the Clan Matheson Society, you will be able to enjoy the many benefits that being part of a large community has to offer. Here is just a small selection.

  • Attend Society Events
  • Discover Your Heritage
  • Forge New Friendships
  • Research Your Genealogy
  • Meet Other Clan Members

All this and more, and for a very modest annual membership fee. Why not contact us for further details, We would love to hear from you.

Learn More

International Clan Gathering 2020

The 2020 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (GMHG), which were to have been the venue of our 2020 International Clan Gathering, were cancelled on 25 April because of the Corona Virus. The organisers have invited our Chief to be the Chief of the 2021 Games instead, so our next International Clan Gathering has been slipped by a year to coincide. The new dates are Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 July 2021, and the Games are near Linville, North Carolina, USA. GMHG is the largest Gathering of Scottish Clan and Family Societies in the world. In 2018 there were 118 Clan and Family Societies represented and approximately 30,000 people attended.

We will be the 'honoured Clan' because of the invitation to our Chief. It is a tremendous chance for members of our Clan Society to meet, have a thoroughly enjoyable time, get some excellent publicity and hopefully gain many new members, in the USA and elsewhere. For all further details and up to date news, see our USA Branch website.

Building On Our Success

We know that the first Mathesons arrived in Scotland many hundreds of years ago. They established their stronghold in Lochalsh, Wester Ross at the head of Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, and soon became one of the strongest clans in the Scottish Highlands. The remains of the fort can still be seen today. Currently the Clan is spread all over the globe and includes people whose family name is Matheson, Mathieson, Mathison and various possible derivatives. Our international gatherings have helped bring together branch members from a number of different countries, which have proved to be very popular, the number of members within the UK Branch, and those overseas is steadily growing, which is a testament to all the hard work put in. Let's continue to build on our success.

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