The last undisputed Chief of Clan Gunn died in 1785 and there have been several attempts to find our rightful chief. None of the present claimants has been able over the past 25 years to provide an undisputed right to the Chiefship and a number of leading members of the Clan petitioned the Lord Lyon King of Arms to summon a Family Convention - a modern form of Derbhfine - to appoint our Commander, Iain A Gunn of Banniskirk, as Chief.
Followers of his website will be aware that the Lord Lyon has put on 'hold' his intention to summon a Family convention. This is no surprise since a Convention would only be called if the Chiefly line was lost and our Petition was made in anticipation of that event. Alastair Gunn has apparently provided a lot of new ( to the Lyon Court) genealogical information and until this has been evaluated a Convention would clearly be inappropriate. We have not seen the new information so cannot usefully comment on it: it may, or may not, be new to us and significant in establishing our rightful chief. The matter remains in the Lord Lyon's hands and as he says in his Note to the Interlocutor it may be possible to renew our Petition, perhaps amended, in due course. In the meantime we must await his findings and continue to support our "energetic and successful Commander".
The Clan Gunn is one of the oldest Scottish Clans descended from the Norse Jarls of Orkney and the Pictish Mormaers of Caithness. The Clan was originally based on the east coast of Caithness, but from the fifteenth century the senior line settled in the Strath of Kildonan in north east Sutherland; the Robson Gunns had their seat in Braemore in south east Caithness and the third main family established themselves in Cattaig and Dalemore on the upper reaches of the River Thurso.
Today there are members of the Clan in the UK, France, the Netherlands, South Africa, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and thriving Clan Gunn Societies in the UK, New Zealand, Nova Scotia and North America. I have appointed two personal Commissioners to represent me abroad - Rob Kamp-Gunn, a former president of the Clan Gunn Society who is my representative in the Netherlands and Rich Gunn, immediate past president of the Clan Gunn Society of North America, who is my representative in North America.