Derives from Canons Seat
Motto : Hence the brighter honour (Clarior Hinc Honos)
Crest : A dexter hand holding up a ducal cap (Proper), tufted on the top with a rose Gules, with two laurel branches in orle (also proper)
War Cry: Clar Innis
Around 1016, the first chief of the Buchanan Clan, Anselan O'Kyan was a scion of an Irish Royal Family. The clan fought against the Vikings to reclaim much of the east of the loch. The Buchanans also fought for Robert the Bruce in the early 14th century.
The Clan bore their full share of the military operations of their country. They supported Bruce in his struggle for Scottish Independence and the Clan was represented in the seven thousand men sent from Scotland to assist the French King after the Battle of Agincourt. It is claimed that Sir Alexander Buchanan killed the Duke of Clarence at the Battle of Bauge in 1421. The Chief of the Clan and Buchanan of Leny fell at Flodden in 1513. The Clan took an active part in the battles of Pinkie and Langside.
The Buchanan lands were sold in 1682 and the principal line became extinct in 1762. Following the death of the 22nd chief, the Chiefship passed to Buchanan of Spittal. To date, the Buchanan Clan has lost its lands.
George Buchanan, the famous Latin scholar, distinguished poet and Protestant reformer was born in Killearn in 1506. Educated at St. Andrews and Paris, he was imprisoned at the instance of Cardinal Beaton, but escaped to France. He was Tutor to Mary, Queen of Scots and was afterwards Moderator of the General Assembly and Tutor to James VI. From 1570 until 1578, he was the Keeper of the Privy Seal. He died in 1582.
James Buchanan was the 15th President of the United States of America. There has not been a recognised chief since the late 17th century.