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

Welcome to the official Clan Matheson Society website. I am confident that you will approve of the changes we have made, which will help us to offer a much improved service for both our visitors and our members alike. I hope you enjoy what you find here and that you will want to join the Society, which is run by a number of volunteers from all around the world. We look forward to welcoming you!

Sir Fergus Matheson of Matheson, Bt.
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

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Time Lapse Video

This innovative video clip, captures "The Gathering" (which took place at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh 2009), in a time lapse format and is reproduced with the express and kind permission of it's creator, Andy Younie, and remains his copyright. For further details, please visit his website: Planet Mediocrity.

Homecoming Scotland

This short film (produced as a feature on the "Homecoming Scotland" website by 29 Studios), is an overview of "The Gathering" that took place at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh in 2009, at which Clan Matheson were in attendance and well represented amongst the many others present. This footage is reproduced with the express and kind permission of Visit Scotland and remains their copyright. For further details, please visit their website: www.visitscotland.org.

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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