Welcome to the Clan MacAlpine Society
We are leading the effort to revive Clan MacAlpine, the ancient and Royal Scottish Clan descended from the first King of Scotland, King Kenneth MacAlpin.
Some Variant Spellings: Albain, Albanach, Albin, Ailpein, Allphin, Alpin, Alpine, Alpyn, Alpynsone, Calpin, Calpine, Culpen, Elphin, Galpin, Galpine, Gilpin, Halpin, Halpine, MacAilpein, MacAlipine, MacAlpan, MacAlpane, MacAlpeine, MacAlpeinne, MacAlpen, MacAlphine, MacAlpin, MacAlpie, MacAlpy, MacAlpye, MacAlpyn, MacAlpyne, MacApline, MacCalpin, MacCalpine, MacCapie, MacCappie, MacCappin, MacCappine, MacCappy, MacCapy, MacCarpin, MacColpin, MacColpine, MacCoplan, MacCoplin, MacCoppin, MacCoppine, MacCorpin, MacCorpine, Mackalpe, MacKalpin, Makalpe, Makcalpy, Makcalpyn, Malcalpyn, M'Alpen, M'Alpin, M'Alpine, M'Alpyn, McAlpain, McAlpan, McAlpane, McAlpe, McAlpen, McAlphin, McAlphine, McAlpie, McAlpien, McAlpil, McAlpin, McAlpine, McAlpion, McAlpon, McAlpy, McAlpyn, M'Calpin, M'Calppin, M'Calpy, M'Calpyne, M'Cappe, M'Cavpy, McCalpie, McCalpin, McCalpy, McCapen, McCawpyn, McCulpen, McKelpin, M'Kalpie, MkKalpy.
Our Annual meeting was held in California this year, hosted at the Pleasanton Highland Games by West Coast Coordinator Renee Hensley-McAlpin Brasher. Our thanks go out to Renee who did a great job of setting up accommodations, dinners, and the Clan Tent. As you can see from the pictures, we had a very good time.
Our thanks to Robin McAlpine for so many of the pictures you will find on page 6 of the 3rd quarter newsletter. It was great to see the continued support of so many, and to spend time and kinship with folks from nine states from Maryland to California, and with a lively and growing contingent from Canada. It was gratifying that so many of our officers and four armigers were in attendance. We were honored once again that the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs sent greetings to our meeting. Additionally, it was a great pleasure to have Christine Harrison, Past President of the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (COSCA) deliver greetings from the Council. COSCA’s support is much appreciated, and I look forward to their Clan Caucus at Stone Mountain in October.
We periodically send our newsletter to the Lyon Court, along with a brief update on our activities. Enclosed with the last newsletter was a letter that read in part
“Our membership continues to grow, and our activities continue to expand. We are hopeful of a time when we might meet your requirements to hold a Family Meeting, under the Courts supervision for the purpose of recognizing a Commander. We recognize the high standards that the Court would require for our future efforts, and are taking several steps to address the requirements as we understand them. ”
In return correspondence, Lord Lyon has made note of our hope to hold a Family Convention in due course At the meeting, we reviewed the size of our Roll Call, which is slightly over 2,650, with about 45% bearing some form of MacAlpine name.
We periodically need to update the information on our Roll Call, and at a future date will be sending an email asking for a response to the number of family members represented and other details. Our Treasurer, Kenneth gave a brief treasury report, and it was noted that we will need to start building up our account for our future endeavors with research and other things needed to reach our goal of becoming a recognized clan. PayPal has been used by many to contribute to the Societies effort. It is important to note that many set their contributions up as an auto renewal, if that was not your desire, let me know, and we will correct it. The process of gaining recognition is a legal process, under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Lord Lyon in Scotland. The guidance that Lord Lyon has given is that members representing differing branches of MacAlpine’s who bear arms (Armigers), or are recognized as a head of a leading branch, or who hold land in Scotland, conduct a meeting, in Scotland and under the supervision of the Court. At that meeting, and with concurrence from the Court, a Commander can be elected by the family, and recognized by the Court as a suitable Commander for a term of years. Traditionally, an assembly of nine Armigers or landowners has been required to demonstrate required representation of the various branches. We now show the arms of six members on our banner and masthead, and one additional member is finalizing paperwork for submission. While we continue to gain membership, and Armigers, we must look to commission research into our own history, preferably with an academic in good standing with the Lyon Court. We must also seek an Armiger or Armigers from Scotland itself. This will take correspondence and additional advertising. We will need to fund these efforts, but I believe that determined people, working together, can accomplish anything.
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