The Commander of Clan Strachan
Robert Lund (Rob) Strachan (/strawn/) was born in Munster, Germany
(BAOR), and is the eldest son of retired British Ambassador, Major Benjamin Leckie Strachan, CMG and his
second wife, Lize Strachan.
As a result of his father's career as
British Ambassador, Rob has lived in several countries including
Kuwait, Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, and Algeria;
interspersed with six years in Canada.
Rob attended Loretto Nippers and Upper
School, outside Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He
attended South London College; and Harper Adams
University, an agricultural college in Shropshire.
In 1994, Rob bought a derelict Mill on
the Isle of Mull and restored it to a three bedroom house
where he lived for ten years with his partner and two of his
four children. While on Mull, Strachan played rugby with the
Mull Rugby Club.
Rob plays guitar, piano and bagpipes and
is also a member of ‘The Banchory Singers’, who won ‘The Peterhead Shield’ in a
battle of choirs at the 2012 Aberdeen Music Festival.
Strachan was also a semi-finalist in the Pop category for
the 2010 UK Songwriting Contest. His entry,
Nefertiti was a Queen, was played on
BBC Radio 6 and
BBC Radio Scotland.
Rob's parents acquired The Mill of
Strachan in the 1960's, and in the true spirit of highland
hospitality, they have been warmly welcoming Strachan
visitors to the village and their home ever since. Today,
there is a multi-generation family tie to the Mill, and the
expectation that each generation treat visitors as extended
Rob is the heir presumptive of the Mill of Strachan in the Parish of
Strachan, Aberdeenshire; which is approximately fifty acres,
and runs along the Waters of
the Feugh at the west-end of the village. Situated in the heart of stunning Deeside,
the backdrop to the Mill of Strachan is Clachnaben and the heather covered hills
of the Grampian Mountains. It is an area of breathtaking natural beauty.
The Mill of Strachan has two well stocked
lochs totaling 8 acres, one solely for fly fishing, the
other, larger loch for both bait and fly fishing extending
to approximately 5 acres. The lochs are regularly stocked
with rainbow trout, though brown & brook trout have been
caught. The Mill also incorporates a sheep farm, a tack shop
and feed shop, an equestrian centre, and a Highland Pony
Mill of Strachan, Strachan,
The Parish of Strachan itself encompasses
approximately 46,000 acres, from the Cairn O'Mount on the
southern boarder of the Grampian Mountains overlooking the
Howe O'Mearns, which is immediately adjacent to Old Military
Road, also known as the Cairn O'Mount Pass. The Parish runs north
all the way to the Waters of the Dee.
returned to his family's home at the Mill of Strachan in
2008, where he built a home,
restored the fish rearing ponds, the dams, and has been
managing the rainbow trout fishery for the lochs at the
Rob is passionate about his Scottish
heritage, and in particular history pertaining to Clan
In Edinburgh, Scotland, 9 April 2014,
twenty-one leading members of the Strachan family met at the
Royal Scots Club to participate in an official meeting or
"Family Convention." The meeting was held under the
supervision of the Court of the Lord Lyon. The purpose
of this meeting was to recognize a Commander for Clan
Strachan, who after serving five years would become the
legally recognized hereditary Chief of the Name and Arms.
The Lord Lyon King of Arms appointed
Charles J. Burnett, Esq., Ross Herald Extraordinary, to be
the Supervising Officer for the Strachan Family Convention.
The clan unanimously supported Charles Robert Lund (Rob)
Strachan from the Mill of Strachan in Strachan,
Aberdeenshire to serve as Commander.
Back Row: Walter
Strachan, Dr. Martin Strahan, Stuart Strachan, Mike Strahan,
Walter Strachan, Garry Strachan, Judy Strawn, David
Strachan, Drew Strachan, Richard Strachan, John Strachan,
Mike Strawhun, Bill Strachan, George Strachan, Lloyd
Strachan, and Less Strachan
Front Row: Roddy Strachan of Benholm, Jim
Strachan, Rob Strachan, Dennis Strawhun, and Professor Sir
After the meeting, a formal dinner was
held at the Royal Scot Club attended by 100 Strachans.
Clan Strachan Ad Hoc Derbhfine of 2014 -
Shortly thereafter, the Reverend
Canon Dr. Joseph Morrow, Lord Lyon King of Arms granted a
warrant to Rob Strachan recognising him as Commander of Clan
Strachan for a period of five years.
In 2019, another Family Convention will
be held in Scotland to formalise Rob as the hereditary Chief
of the Honourable Clan Strachan.