Clan Gunn is one of the oldest and most northerly clans in Scotland, claiming descent from the Norse “Jarls” of Orkney in the tenth century. The name “Gunn” is believed to come from “Gunni”, the grandson of Sweyn Asleifsson, the “Ultimate Viking” hero of the Orkneyinge Saga.
The first Clan Gunn Society was founded in Thurso, Caithness, in 1821 with the title “The Loyal and United Benevolent Society of the Clan Gunn”.
The present Clan Gunn Society was formed in 1960 to “promote a spirit of kinship amongst members of the clan throughout the world”. Now 45 years on we have a membership of over 300 families worldwide.
The Society publishes a colour magazine, the “Gunn Herald”, three times a year, which is posted to members. You can read the President’s Message from the most recent Herald here.
Clansmen and women travel to Scotland from all parts of the world to take part in the International Gatherings of the Clan. These take part every three years and the next one is due in 2015. Plans are already well underway with an exciting programme of events being planned between the 18th and the 29th July 2015: see our Events page for more details.
Sightseeing trips are being organised both in the Orkney Islands and on the Scottish mainland in Caithness and Sutherland so that clansmen and women may visit all the places associated with our Clan’s long history. In addition many fun activities are available to make it a holiday to remember.
In the intervening years Mini-Gatherings are held in Caithness timed to coincide with the annual Halkirk Highland Games at the end of July. The St. Donan’s Day Dinner is held each year in April, in a different location each year. The Society also arranges a less formal occasion each year aimed at the younger members and their families.
If you would like to see the society’s constitution then please click here: The Constitution of the Clan Gunn Society
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