Northern California Clan Gunn



2021 Events

Clan Gunn N CA plans to be at the following Games in 2021:

Hawaii * Cancelled
Ardenwood * Cancelled
Bakersfield * Cancelled
Las Vegas * Cancelled
Woodland * Cancelled
Monterey * Cancelled
Pleasanton * 5 September TBD
Fresno * Cancelled
Dixon * Cancelled
Escalon Scottish Games * Cancelled
Central Valley Scottish Games * Cancelled

See the calendars at Celtic Calendars for more details on Celtic events

Please feel welcome to visit our tent at the Highland Games

If you are interested in joining Clan Gunn we would be more than happy to have you.


CGSNA AGM 31 August-1 September 2019 (click for photos)

Clan Gunn Pipers and Drummers - Clan Gunn pipe music.

2015 Clan Gunn Photos - Links to events during the Clan Gunn Scotland trip

2012 Clan Gunn Photos - Links to events including some Clan Gunn Scotland trip videos

Latest Newsletter
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The Clan Gunn Society of North America celebrated its 48th anniversary in 2017.

The Clan Gunn Society of North America had its beginnings in the mid-1960s when Donald Bruce Williamson of Atlanta, GA began writing to author Neil Gunn about forming a Clan Gunn Society in the United States. The Clan Gunn Society had recently been formed in Scotland. Neil Gunn, at the time, was too ill to write and Donald was referred to Iain Gunn of Banniskirk, Secretary to Neil Gunn. Donald and Iain Gunn corresponded over the next few years and Neil Gunn subsequently died. Following the death of Neil Gunn, Iain Gunn of Banniskirk was appointed Commander of The Clan Gunn.

In 1967 Donald went to the Grandfather Mountain Games and met Emmett and Joy Wilson. Donald and Emmett were the first Gunns known to have marched carrying their tartan at those Games. The tartan was actually a skirt loaned by Donald’s wife, Bobby. No one knows what Bobby wore while her skirt was used as a banner.

Donald spent 1968 and 1969 writing letters to Gunns he located in telephone books and from other sources.

On July 12, 1969, an organizational meeting was held on the field at the Grandfather Mountain Games and officers were elected, Donald Williamson being the first President. Ties were established with the Society in Scotland and Donald continued to maintain contact with Iain Gunn of Banniskirk. Donald and Bobby began publication of a newsletter on a hand operated mimeograph machine which they continued to publish until 1985.

In the summer of 1972, Iain Gunn of Banniskirk was installed as the Commander of Clan Gunn. Donald Williamson arranged for several members of the U. S. Society to attend the installation and had to apologize that none of those attending was named Gunn.

Donald declined to run for President a second time stating that this was a democratic organization and new ideas should be a part of the organizations leadership.

The Clan Gunn Society of North America has long supported the Society in the United Kingdom. We have provided funding to help acquire title to a church located in the Valley of the Gunns in Scotland. That dream is nearing reality. A Clan Gunn Heritage Center has been established in Latheron, Caithness. Genealogy records are available at this museum.

The Society is proud to have a Genealogist as part of our organization. Records submitted by members are cataloged, cross referenced and stored at more than one location in this country. Information is shared with Society members.

The Society currently has approximately 1,100 active members in 23 branches, 3 of those branches being in Canada. We have a web site located at and offer Clan Gunn merchandise in our store.

In September, 2015, the Lord Lyon granted a filed Petition that asked that Iain Gunn be named Chief of Clan Gunn since no hereditary Chief had been determined. Iain was Invested as Chief in a ceremony in Edinburgh in April, 2016. Iain now has the formal name of Iain Alexander Gunn of Gunn. At the Investiture Iain re-appointed two High Commissioners to represent him, Rich Gunn for North America and Rob Kamp Gunn for the Netherlands. He also appointed Todd Wall as his High Commissioner to New Zealand.

The Clan Gunn Society has an International Gathering in Scotland every three years and our Society will join Gunns from throughout the world in Scotland, at our International Gathering meeting in Kirkwall, Orkney Island. (As of May 2021 the new date has not been announced. Check in at the Clan Gunn Scotland link above)

The Society has had 22 Presidents since its founding. The current President is Chuck Franz who assumed the role in January 2020.

Webmaster: Chuck Jamison · oakpiper(at)gmail(.)com