The following is a list of scottish clans with and without chiefs the crest badges used by members of scottish clans are based upon armorial bearings recorded by the lord lyon king of arms in the public register of all arms and bearings in scotlandthe blazon of the heraldic crest is given and the heraldic motto with its translation into english while all the crest badges of the clan names . The clan is a concept which dates back to the 12th century the scottish clans were originally extended networks of families who had loyalties to a particular chief but the word clan is derived from the gaelic clann meaning literally children. This is a list of official clans and families registered by the court of the lord lyon should you not find your name in here then it is either a sept of one of the official clans or else it is not recognised as being an official clan. Scottish clans and castles clan land map clan lands map a map of the principal clan lands created by alastair cunningham for the colin baxter publication scottish clans and tartans
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