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The Commander of Clan Strachan

Charles 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 family.

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 stud.

Mill of Strachan, Strachan, Aberdeenshire

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.  

Rob 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 Mill.

Rob is passionate about his Scottish heritage, and in particular history pertaining to Clan Strachan.

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.

Strachan Family Convention of 2014

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 Hew Strachan.

After the meeting, a formal dinner was held at the Royal Scot Club attended by 100 Strachans. (Pictured below)

Clan Strachan Ad Hoc Derbhfine of 2014 - Dinner

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.



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