The Clan MacLeod society of France was established in 1981 with the purpose of promoting the culture and history of the Scots, notably that of the MacLeod Clan and the Isle of Skye and neighbouring Hebrides, to do genealogical research of all the branches of the MacLeod Clan in France (Mac Leod, Mc Leod, Maclot, Macklot, de Leod, Von Leod), and to promote friendship and assistance among its members.
Membership is open to all MacLeods regardless of the spelling, as well as any person attached by marriage or lineage to the Clan or to the Septs of the Clan, as well friends of the Clan MacLeod. Several of the Society’s members are English speaking.
The Society is affiliated in the same way as other National Societies in English-speaking countries (UK, Australia, Canada, Scotland and New Zealand) to the Associated Clan MacLeod Societies (ACMS) based in Scotland. Its members receive the Clan MacLeod Magazine published twice a year by the ACMS and are invited to participate in meetings organised by the National Societies of the Clan, notably the Parliament, which takes place during one week of the summer, every four years in Dunvegan, on the Isle of Skye, centre of the Clan. Members of the Society continue to attend Parliament on a regular basis.
The activities of the CMS of France include two meetings per year (of which one serves as the management meeting) and the distribution of the Clan MacLeod Magazine twice a year. Members are also invited to activities organised by the Caledonian Society of France and the Franco-Scottish Association, such as the “Caledonian Ball” (St Andrews day) and the Burns Supper (January).
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