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Colquhoun Clan

(sometimes pronounced Co-hoon)

Motto : If I can (Si Je Puis)
Crest : A harts head, couped, gules, attired, argent.
Pipe Music: The Colquhouns March Plant
Badge : Hazel Saplings
War Cry: Cnoc Ealachain

Their origin unclear, the Colquhouns have had a long, interesting and sometimes violent history. This clan may well derive from a Norman immigrant family, or even earlier from a succession of Celtic priests who were the custodians of the Crozier of St Kessog and who had lived on Monks Island on the loch.

The name Colquhoun comes from the territory of that name situated to west of Loch Lomond.

Scots King Alexander II - During this reign the head of the family, Humphrey de Colquhoun, was granted the lands on the west of the loch by Malcom, Earl of Lennox. This was confirmed by King Robert the Bruce for the Clans support in the War of Independence.

Sir Robert Colquhoun married the fair Maid of Luss, heiress to nearby lands in Glen Luss and since then the clan name has properly been Colquhoun of Luss.

The Colquhouns supported King Robert the Bruce and backed the early Stewart Kings. In 1602, the Macgregors raided the Colquhouns in Glen Luss killing two clansmen, injuring others and carrying off hundreds of livestock.

Around the same time and after a conference between the two clans, the Colquhouns hoped to trap the Macgregors in Glen Fruin, but their intention was anticipated by Alistair Macgregor of Glenstrae, and after a bloody conflict the Colquhouns were signally defeated and their chief killed. In revenge they made a dramatic representation to King James VI and Clan Macgregor was proscribed and their name forbidden under pain of death.

Sir Ian Colquhoun was mentioned in despatches no less than five times in the First World War and twice wounded. He was created a Knight of the Thistle and was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. As a member of the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Scotland, he was at the forefront of the movement to preserve Scotland's heritage.

One of Scotland’s oldest Highland games, the Luss Highland Games is taking a new name in recognition of its wider role in its part of the world and opening a new chapter in their history. For almost 140 years, the Games have been known variously as the Luss Highland Games, Luss Games or the Luss Gathering. In 2013, they became known as the Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering. Set in Clan Colquhoun territory, this event has grown from a gathering of local farmers to one of the biggest community organised events on Loch Lomond.

‘Scotland’s loveliest village’ - Luss, on the western shores of Loch Lomond welcomes thousands of visitors and participants from the local area and beyond to the Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering. Combining the spectacle of the traditional Highland ‘heavy events’ such as caber tossing and hammer throwing with athletics, cycling, piping and dancing competitions. The Gathering at Luss in July is one of the biggest events in the Loch Lomond calendar and is not to be missed!

It also marks the annual gathering of the Clan Colquhoun, drawing clansmen and women from throughout the globe to their ancestral home. The Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering continues to foster and promote Loch Lomond’s rich heritage and traditions.