Founded in 1937 as the Clan MacLeod Society of London, the name was later changed to the Clan MacLeod Society of England to fully embrace England, Wales, the Isle of Man (the birthplace of Leod) and the Channel Islands. The first gathering, in January 1938, attracted some 300 MacLeods to meet their Chief, Flora, Mrs MacLeod of MacLeod, the 28th of her line. The occasion was widely publicised as nothing like it had ever before taken place in London. The outbreak of war in 1939 made it difficult to continue many of the activities generated by the enthusiasm which followed the first function, but members kept in touch and, later in the war, gatherings were held to which overseas MacLeods serving with the armed forces were invited to meet their Chief. These provided the springboard for Chief Flora's subsequent travels to meet loyal clansfolk in the Commonwealth and America and to encourage them to form their own Clan MacLeod Societies. To-day there are eight such national societies with many regional branches, so that the Clan is indeed a world-wide family, with warm ties of kinship and friendship. From its London beginnings the England Society has gradually widened its' membership so that we are now a truly national Organisation including MacLeods and Septs of the Clan located from Northumberland to Cornwall and Kent to Cumbria. In fact it is fair to say that the MacLeod traveller is never far from a kinsman when within the boundaries of the England Society.
The England Society has promoted and joined in many 'clan' and Scottish occasions over the years and warmly welcomes members of other MacLeod Societies, their friends and relatives to all these gatherings. Our Annual Dinner, held in Autumn, is a highlight of the year when we have been able to entertain Chief John MacLeod of MacLeod and always enjoy the company of numbers of kinsmen and women from overseas. A main object of our society is to consolidate the fellowship of members and so, in addition to functions in London, we are promoting regional activities to bring our widely spread membership into the fold. As time goes on we hope to have a full programme of meetings and gatherings centred where 'the Clan is thickest on the ground'.
Our message on this page is simple: If you are a MacLeod (however spelt) by descent or marriage, or are a member of one of the Clan Septs, and live in England, Wales, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, you are eligible for membership of the Clan MacLeod Society of England and through this membership of the world wide Organisation upon which, to coin a phrase, 'the sun never sets'.
If you would like to know more and reclaim your heritage or be welcome at one of our activities please let us know - just contact any member of the England Council using the contact details displayed by clicking the menu selection in the left hand column of this page.