WARC Vice-Chairman becomes first Buchanan Chief since 1681


One of Scotland’s most ancient clans has appointed its first chief in more than 300 years.

John Michael Baillie-Hamilton Buchanan has assumed the chiefship of the Clan Buchanan after his claim was formally upheld by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, the head of Lyon court, which regulates Scottish heraldry.

The role was last held by his ancestral kinsman John Buchanan until his death without a male heir in 1681.

'Mike' The Buchanan


Although officially The Buchanan the Clan Chief he will always be Mike to his fellow club members.

'Mike', manager of Cambusmore Estate in Callander, Stirlingshire, said it had been "a long journey" to prove his family's lineage will now be known as The Buchanan and said that he was “honoured and proud” to assume the chiefship. “There has not been a chief for a very long time - over 337 years - but there is a thriving community of Buchanan clansmen, clanswomen and septs around the world,” he said.

Adding that it had been a “long journey” to prove his family’s lineage, The Buchanan thanked the genealogist and fellow Buchanan clansman Hugh Peskett, who traced his ancestors back to 1370 and established references in 300 documents from around the world to verify the claim.