Semi-Formal Dinner &
All Clan Strachan are invited to attend the :
STRACHAN FAMILY CONVENTION
Dinner and Award Ceremony
|DATE & TIME:||Friday 11 April 2014 @
The Royal Scots Club
29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE
Men: Suit and tie, or Argyll Jacket and Kilt.
Ladies: semi-formal dress.
Reservations / Ticket
|All Clan Strachan are
invited to the Semi-Formal Dinner. However, the Family Convention is
scheduled for 10AM, and only open to those authorized by
the Court of the Lord Lyon, their spouse, family and
guests. Again, everyone is invited to the
Formal Dinner & Award Ceremony following this
Court of the Lord Lyon Notice
11 December 2012, the Lord Lyon King of Arms appointed Charles J. Burnett, Esq., Ross Herald Extraordinary as Supervising Officer of the Strachan Family Convention.
Table of Contents
On the 3rd of February 1828, Sir Richard John Strachan, Bart., the last Chief of Clan Strachan died without male heir. Since then, no individual has come forth with a proven and documented blood line to the past Chief of Clan Strachan, nor has a Representer of a cadet line satisfactorily presented themselves to the Court of the Lord Lyon to claim the Baronetcy of Thornton and Chiefdom of Clan Strachan. With no legitimate claimant, the baronetcy became dormant in 1854. Since this time, Clan Strachan has been considered by both the Court of the Lord Lyon and the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs as an Armigerous Clan.
The Right Honourable, David Sellers, Lord Lyon King of Arms, has request the Society identify Leading Members of the Family of Strachan who are interested in attending a Family Convention (Ad Hoc Derbhfine meeting) with the purpose if identifying a Commander. Said Commander would serve for 10 years in order to determine if a more legitimate claimant with genealogical lineage to the past Chief or a cadet branch can be identified. An heir with a proven blood line to the past Chief or a cadet branch would have a priority claim. Otherwise, after serving the 10 year term as Commander this individual would likely become hereditary Chief of Clan Strachan.
The Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh has exclusive jurisdiction in this matter, and all attendees (and ultimately the Commander) must be found acceptable to the Officer of Arms, Court of the Lord Lyon.
The Lord Lyon has indicated that leading members of the family or name in question be admitted to the Family Convention. It appears this is defined as:
Scottish Armigers (those with properly granted or matriculated Scottish Armorial Bearings) (born a STRACHAN). Armigers are the nobility of their Clan, members of the Derbhfine, the Clan gentry, second in rank to the Chief and his immediate family. They are clansmen of distinction with a certain role in the management of the Clan in our times.
Substantial Landowners in Scotland (generally 5+ acres outwidth a burgh) who were born a STRACHAN. Landowners are allowed to sit on an Ad Hoc Derbhfine because although in the lowlands new branches of organised noble Families were raised on the basis of a grant of arms, however, in the highlands this was seldom the case. Instead, most branch families were erected on the basis of a feu or grant of land from the "waste" of the Chiefs estate. There are also similarities between this concept and a grant of arms, as each grant is a version or the "waste" of the chiefly undifferenced arms. This was all derived from Lord Lyon King of Arms, Innes of Learnery's views on feudalism, heraldry and clans. However, it is the reason as to why substantial landowners in Scotland are afforded equal status with armigers on an Ad Hoc Derbhfine. A concept revived by Learney himself around the 1950s. This said, the term 'landowner' has been defined in various ways depending on the current Lord Lyon King of Arms. In the past, this has been defined as someone with at least 100 acres, and more recently someone who simply holds title to property in Scotland. There is no written heraldic law as to the definition a 'landowner', and as such it appears to be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Court of the Lord Lyon.
Eminent men (or women), and prominent individuals such as academics, judges, barristers/solicitors/attorneys, doctors, politicians, successful business persons, and others who are leaders in their profession or field (must be born a STRACHAN) - A new concept introduced by David Sellar, Lord Lyon King of Arms in the "Guidelines for holding a Family Convention [source].
The Lord Lyon has also indicated that, "... there must be flexibility here in defining a 'Leading Member'." This seems to indicate that croft holders, tenant farmers, members of the Society, and others will be evaluated by the Court of the Lord Lyon on a case-by-case basis. This is a new concept introduced by David Sellar, Lord Lyon King of Arms in the, "Guidelines for holding a Family Convention [source].
Overseas participants outwidth the jurisdiction (outside Scotland) may participate by video link or similar if unable to attend in person. In fact, the Court of the Lord Lyon desires a broad geographical representation of attendees at the Family Convention to represent the family demographic.
Women who were born a Strachan, but have changed their surname (i.e., marriage) are also eligible to attend the Family Convention.
It is anticipated that the number of attendees participating in a Family Convention will be relatively small, of the order of 10 to 25 people maximum.
Only one Attendee per family is permitted by consanguinity, including marriage, within the degree of first cousin.
Attendees are not required to file a formal petition. Documentation supporting any claims may, or may not be required by the Court of the Lord Lyon. Decisions to be determined by the Officer of Arms, Court of the Lord Lyon.
The Commander title is not inheritable. Subsequently, the proposed Commander should be sufficiently young enough to survive the 10 year waiting period.
According to the Lord Lyon, King of Arms, the proposed Commander MUST be an unopposed candidate, or one with substantial majority support of the Derbhfine Council.
Indications from the Lord Lyon, King of Arms is that the Commander should be a resident of Scotland.
The Commander, whomever that may be, would be required to obtain a new Grant of Arms, or a Matriculation of Scottish Armorial Bearings.
The Society encourages all interested parties who reside in Scotland to be open to the process of potentially becoming Commander of Clan Strachan. Simply making yourself open to the process of becoming Commander is no guarantee you will become Commander. This decision is ultimately determined by the Derbhfine attendees and the Court of the Lord Lyon. Moreover, a Commander can be usurped by another individual with a legitimate and documented lineage to the past Chief, or a cadet line who still bears the STRACHAN surname.
Once the Lord Lyon or more likely the Officer
of Arms provides confirmation of authorized Derbhfine Attendees,
the Society will send a pre-meeting ballot to all authorized
Attendees. The ballot will confirm various terms and
conditions of the informal meeting.
Once ballots are returned, an informal meeting via toll free conference call will be scheduled, and paid for by the Society. This informal meeting is when the Council will determine our next Commander, and is the most important phase in our planning.
The informal meeting consists of a process, and we ask all authorized Attendees NOT to pre-judge the candidates. Instead, please keep an open mind. This informal meeting will be impartially moderated, and will consist of voting for Commander candidates after a brief question and answer session. It is expected this process will take several hours, and may in fact may need to be scheduled over several sessions given the relatively large number of people interested in attending the Family Convention.
As attendees are located worldwide, the time for the meeting will be scheduled so that is it most inconvenience for those living in California. Therefore, for those living in Pacific Standard Time (PST), please get plenty of rest before the meeting!
Once the informal meeting is concluded, and we have either an unopposed Commander candidate (or one with substantial majority support) a formal Family Convention meeting will be scheduled in Edinburgh at the Court of the Lord Lyon. This is a requirement of the Court of the Lord Lyon, as the formal meeting is not a forum for debate.
The Court of the Lord Lyon will schedule the Family Convention at least six months in advance (likely up to one year) in order to allow maximum personal participation by overseas attendees. Overseas attendees may also participate by video link or similar. The meeting will likely be held at (or near) the Court of the Lord Lyon, New Register House, Edinburgh, Scotland.
To confirm, the Family Convention (aka Ad Hoc
Derbhfine) is absolutely NOT a forum for debate, and should
largely be ceremonial given the prior results of the informal
The new Commander will be required to file a petition for a new Grant or Matriculation of Arms, if he/she has not already been properly granted. This is required in order to put the new Commander under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Lord Lyon, and therefore, is required to properly recognize this individual as our Commander and prospective future hereditary Chief.
As you can see, this process is a quite lengthy one, and years in the making!
There are a limited number of seats available for the Family
Convention. Below are individuals who have expressed an
interest in attending.