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Duncan Origins and Clan History

 
 

(Dunchad) Duncan, originally a forename, is without doubt one of the earliest names in Scotland – surnames being introduced by the Normans around 1120 AD – and originates from the Dalriadan Celtic Scotii (Scots) from Ireland who colonised the south west of Scotland from about the 4th c AD. 

Records from this time are scant and it is not until after the unification of the Celtic Scots of Dalriada and the aboriginal Picts of northern Britain by Kenneth MacAlpine 843AD do we start to see the name significantly being used in other parts of Scotland. One of the earliest accounts is that of the Scots Gaelic writings of the 11th c. in the ‘Book of Deer’, the oldest Scots Gaelic writings known in Scotland today, written by the early Christian Monks of the Abbey of Deer in Aberdeenshire. 

The first mentions of Dunchad, Donnachadh (Duncan) as a Clan was from the early part of the 14th c and the Wars of Independence which ended with Robert the Bruce’s victory over the English at Bannockburn.  

As research continues and further details become available on Clan Duncan and the origins of the Duncan name we will expand these pages further. If you have any information or research you feel could benefit the Clan and expand our knowledge please contact the Society.

 
 

Clan Recognition & The Derbhfine

Clan Recognition & The Derbhfine
by John A. Duncan of Sketraw
Dunchad Abbots of Iona, 8th and 10th c
Dunchad Abbots of Iona, 8th/10th c
by John A. Duncan of Sketraw
King Duncan I, (r. 1030 - 1040)
King Duncan I, (r. 1030 - 1040)
by John A. Duncan of Sketraw

Clan Duncan Information and History

Clan Duncan Information and History
to be expanded shortly

Dunocati - Dunocatus - The Fort Warrior

Dunocatus - The Fort Warrior 5th c
by John A. Duncan of Sketraw
Duncan Crest Badges - Clansmans Badge
Duncan Crest Badges (Clansmans)
By John A. Duncan of Sketraw
The Duncan Tartans
The Duncan Tartans
By John A. Duncan of Sketraw

Duncan Jacobites of 1745-46

Duncan Jacobites of 1745-46
By John A. Duncan of Sketraw
King Dunchad of Dalriada 650 - 654 AD
King Dunchad of Dalriada (r.650 - 654)
by John A. Duncan of Sketraw
Duncan in the Book of Deer the oldest known Scots Gaelic text
Duncan in the Book of Deer 11th c
by John A. Duncan of Sketraw
King Duncan II, (r. 1094)
King Duncan II, (r. 1094)
by John A. Duncan of Sketraw
The Arms of John A. Duncan of Sketraw
The Arms of John A. Duncan of Sketraw
by John A. Duncan of Sketraw
The Romantic Myth of Clan Septs
The Romantic Myth of Clan Septs
by John A. Duncan of Sketraw
Clan Duncan Society Certificate of Membership
Society Certificate of Membership
Clan Duncan Society
The Duncan - Donnachaidh - Robertson, Scenario
The Duncan - Donnachaidh - Robertson, Scenario
by John A. Duncan of Sketraw

 

 
 
 
 

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