Learn about Your Scottish Heritage

October 5, 2019  - by 
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Do you have Scottish blood running through your veins? Scottish heritage and Scottish history is rich and expansive, and there are many ways to discover your Scottish family history.

Scottish clans are a great way to research your family history. A Scottish clan is a group of people who band together because they share a surname—a family, really. Clan names are also tied to land, and often clans had a leader. They would create their own shield and tartan pattern. Ancient clans started as far back as the 12th century, and each generation has added to it. Today, over 50 million people have some sort of tie to Scottish ancestry. 

There are many ways to begin researching and discovering your Scottish heritage, but the resources below are a good start!

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A graphic showing the populations of scottish people around the world

Ancestry in Scotland

a family in the scottish highlands.

Learn how to discover your own Scottish ancestry! FamilySearch has free online collections to help you get started, as well as the FamilySearch wiki to give some guidance. Many groups of people have Scottish heritage, so you may find some piece of your history in Scotland.

Scottish Folklore

callanish stones in Scotland

Scotland has a rich tradition of folklore, with fascinating stories. Read more about how the history ties to Scotland’s great folklore.

Highland Games

bagpipers perform at the scottish highland games.

Scottish culture and Gaelic traditions come to life during the Highland games, which started more than 1,000 years ago. There are various hard-hitting athletics at the Highland games, and many families like to recreate some variation to celebrate their family history.

Scottish Sayings and Dialect

Scottish friends laugh together.

Although Scots speak English, there are many twists and turns in the Scottish tongue. It’s fun and easy to pick up on a few Scottish sayings and feel like you are a true Scot. This article explains what some of them mean and gives you the chance to try a few.

Castles in Scotland

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Finding your family history in over 1,000 castles in Scotland can be an interesting adventure. Learn more about the castles and some of the stories these ancient relics hold inside.

Scottish Names

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Many traditional names we hear today derive from Scotland. Find out if your name has Scottish roots, or if you know you have Scottish ancestry, learn the names that might be in your family tree.

The Scottish Kilt

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The Scottish kilt can be traced back to the 16th century. Learn about the belted plaid, which holds historical and family significance to many who claim a Scottish heritage.

Enjoy many of the articles linked here to get started on your journey of discovery of Scottish family history and Scottish heritage. The journey will be rewarding, entertaining, and meaningful.

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Rachel Trotter

Rachel J. Trotter is a senior writer and editor at Evalogue.Life. She tells people’s stories and shares hers to encourage others. She loves family storytelling. A graduate of Weber State University, she has had articles featured on LDSLiving.com, FamilySearch.org, and Mormon.org. She and her husband Mat have six children and live on the East Bench in Ogden, Utah.

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    1. My fathers name was RobertMcCulloch he died in Kilmarnock hostpital at age 64 in 1971 he lived in Kilwinning Ayrshire my mother was Elizabeth McCulloch. Nee (Blair) died in Balochmyle hostpital in 1951 at the age of 41Iwould like to get my mothers family History

    2. To whom it may Concern. For many years I have had this unreachable desire to find out my Heritage , When I was approx. 14 yo , I was
      Told that my GrandMother was A Member of the Harriot Family
      In the 1800’s and was disowned because she had Fell In Love with My GrandFather
      Frank Garrett on. A Wagon Train , Actually thought of it as very Ronantic..so My ? Is how can I find out where I came from , She went By Pearl , Elisabeth
      And a couple others . Last name of Harriot , .married Name Garrett Thankyou Sincerly

  1. Interested in the family name, BLACK, as I believe some of my very early ancestors may have originated from Scotland, before relocating to Northern Ireland and in particular the greater Belfast area.

  2. My grandmother Fannie Phillip’s ancestral background is Scottish. Does she have other nationalities & are there living relatives I can contact in those countries?

  3. Grandad said we were from Scotland. When his family originally came to US, he said they ended up inGeorgia, but he and cousins came to E Texas. Op