Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Harris, Clan of Campbell and Fletcher nee LeDuc, Clan of MacGregor

Our trip to Scotland is very near. Ed and I are very excited about this trip--all the haggis, trout, and cool mountain hiking, but we were especially excited when we learned that local visitors can actually enter themselves into the various Highland Games and toss a 40 kg hammer around, just for the thrill of it! We will be attending the games in Forres.

Of course, tradition dictates that we must wear local attire, kilt and all. So I started doing some research on our family names. I found a neat site called, where you can research your family names and look up and order clan related merchandise.

Ed's family can be traced back by the sept of Fletchers to the clan MacGregor, a fine Scottish clan much known around the world. My own family, Harris, is a sept of the clan Campbell. What is a sept, you ask? Well, find out more on the clan description page at

The tartan for MacGregor is what I would call a "Christmas" tartan in the U.S., so that is what Ed will be wearing. I will be wearing the traditional "Catholic school girl" tartan of blue and green, for this is the tartan of Campbell. It shall be the Campbells versus the MacGregors. May the best man win!

If and when we actually enter these games, I will be sure to give Becky the camera. It should prove most amusing.


Barry said...

How appropriate that you will be attired as a catholic school girl ;-)

Sandi said...

Gee, maybe you can borrow the Catholic school girl outfit that Chuck wore for Halloween the year that you all worked at ST in Atlanta.

Pimpjuicin said...

While Harris is not an common name in England, Scotland and even Ireland, for the most part it is a name of French Norman origin, like Bruce. Herault ➡️ Harold ➡️ Harry's son ➡️ Harrison ➡️ Harris. So, Harris is a patrinlineal name. So, originally, all that was required was for a guy named Harry to have a son. I'm glad that practice ended, except maybe in Sweden. It makes genealogy very confusing. Until a few hundred years ago, most people didn't have last names and or they may have derived their names from the landlord unless they had an occupation. Even people of nobility did not have surnames🤔 more commonly not, Harris is typically a Jewish name. Ironically, Harris in Scotland has nothing to do with the island of Harris. It was an anglicization of a Gaelic place name.

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