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!

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

a castle in scotland.

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

a scottish brother and sister wave a scottish flag.

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

An image of scottish people wearing kilts.

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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