2024 Family Convention Attendee List


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28 April 2023 - - Dr. Joseph J Morrow, CBE, KC, FRSE, The Rt Hon Lord Lyon King of Arms has appointed Ormond Pursuivant, John Stirling, WS, as Supervising Officer to the Family Convention of Clan Strachan.

John Stirling was appointed Linlithgow Pursuivant Extraordinary in 2016 and advanced to Ormond Pursuivant in September 2021. He became a solicitor in 1992, later a Writer to HM Signet, he was Clerk to HM Society of Writers to the Signet 2002- 2008 and became a solicitor advocate in 2003. He is a partner in a firm of solicitors in Edinburgh.


About A Family Convention

A Family Convention is an official meeting held under the supervision and jurisdiction of the Court of the Lord Lyon. There are a number of circumstances in which it would seem appropriate to hold a Family Convention, but generally it is when a Scottish Family (aka a Clan) no longer has a Clan Chief recognised by the Sovereign of Scotland. This generally occurs when the Chief dies without heir (male or female) to his Name and Arms.

Guidance regarding the holding of a Family Convention is provided by the Court of Lord Lyon.  Per the Guidance, the Lord Lyon wants no gaming or packing of the Family Convention.

Gaming is defined as any form of manipulation. An example might include, but would not be limited to a Scottish clan society or association loading the Family Convention with select individuals to nominate the organization's president (or another preferred person) as Commander or Chief. To the contrary, the decision on who will become Commander or Chief is a clan or family decision, not a society or association decision. The clan society or association must remain neutral, and any eligible person, acceptable to the Court of the Lord Lyon, born with or using the appropriate surname who wishes to attend or who wants to put themselves forward as a Commander or Chief candidate has a right to do so.

Packing represents a potential conflict of interest that may result in manipulation. Once more, the decision on who will be the Clan Commander or Chief is the decision of an entire clan, and not one family group within that clan. For this reason, only one family member is permitted to be a voting Attendee within the degree of first cousin. Another example would be a clan society or association packing the entire Family Convention with Society Board Members. 

Gaming or packing of the Strachan Family Convention will not be permitted or tolerated. The process must be robust, fair, and transparent.


STRACHAN FAMILY CONVENTION (31 JULY 2024)

Updated 8 Oct 2023

Those with the Strachan surname, spelling broadly defined, are invited to attend the Strachan Family Convention on 31 July 2024 at the Feughside Guesthouse, Strachan, Aberdeenshire at 13:00. Attendance by web link will be possible.

The Lord Lyon is likely only to assign the Chiefly Arms (the mechanism by which a person becomes Chief) to a candidate who has the clear support of the Family Convention. A person who has not previously served as Commander may be required by the Lord Lyon to serve a five or ten year term as Commander before the Lord Lyon would be prepared to assign the Chiefly Arms to that person.

Individuals wishing to put themselves forward as a candidate for Commander or Chief of Clan Strachan are also encouraged to come forward. A candidate must bear the surname alone and must be proposed and seconded by a Strachan authorised to attend the Family Convention. Self-nomination is permitted. This does not mean a new candidate will be appointed Chief immediately. If a new candidate emerges, the Lord Lyon, may insist they serve for a period as Commander.

The convention's decision is subject to the Lord Lyon's approval. The Clan Strachan Society cannot favour any candidate.

If interested in being a candidate or attending the Family Convention, please email jim@clanstrachan.org with proof of your use of the surname on or before 30 March 2024.

Notices:

16 November 2023 - Aberdeen Press & Journal
20 January 2024 - Aberdeen Press & Journal



Wednesday, 31 July 2024, Clan Strachan Family Convention Attendee List
(NOT approved by the Supervising Officer - Tentative)

Armigers listed in order of grant date

Charles Robert Lund (Rob) Strachan

Mill of Strachan, Strachan, Aberdeenshire
Commander of the Honourable Clan Strachan
Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed



Petition for Arms Lodged


Sir Hew Francis Anthony Strachan

Kt., MA, PhD, DL (Tweeddale), Hon D Univ (Univ of Paisley), FRSE, FRHistS
Laird of Glenhighton Farm, Broughton, Biggar, Scotland
Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


James Andrew (Jim) Strachan

BBA, MBA, FSAScot
Temecula, California, USA
Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed



Roderick Strachan

Baron of Benholm
Benholm Castle

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Dr. T. Martin Strahan

MB BS, DrPH, FRACP, FAFPHM, FACPM
Queensland, Australia

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


James Andrew (Drew) Strachan

Warrant Officer, Royal Artillery (Retired)
Elgin, Scotland

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Dennis Craig Strawhun

President & Representor,
Clan Strachan Scottish Heritage Society, Inc.
Carlsbad, California

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed

Arms of the Clan Strachan Society


Michael Ray Strawhun

USAF, Civilian Firefighter
US Forestry Service, Battalion Chief
US Federal Wildland Fire Incident Command System (ICS)
Incident Commander and an Operations Section Chief
Bachelor of Arts
Ojai, California

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed

Petition for Arms Lodged


John Sublet Strachan

Colorado, USA

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Dr. William David (David) Strachan

BSc, Parasitology; PhD, Parasitology; VetMB, Veterinary Medicine
Alford, Aberdeenshire

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Capt. Les Strachan

SAAF-Ret
Fetteresso Castle, Kincardineshire

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


George Duncan Strachan

Masters in Political Science
Executive Director, Gloucester County Improvement Authority
New Jersey, USA

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Walter Lewis Strachan

Black Watch TAVR - Ret
Dunfermline

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Richard John Strachan

MA Archaeology, M.Sc. Geographical Information Science
Head of Cultural Resources, Historic Environment Scotland
DalKeith, Scotland

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Stephen Malcolm Strachan

BA Geology, Entrepreneur (Ret)
Colorado, USA
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed



Garry Strachan

Cert. Genealogist. IHGS, Member AGRA, Member APG
Deventry, England

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Walter George Strachan

Project Manager
Nova Scotia, Canada

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Lloyd Strachan

B.Sc., M. Sc., Ph.D., Agricultural Economics
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Allison Strachan

Attorney
Nova Scotia Canada

Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed



Ian Strachan

Maple Ridge, BC Canada

Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed




Bruce Strachan

Entrepreneur (Ret)
Ohio, USA

Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed



Melanie Strachan-Zimmerman

Masters, Education
South Carolina, USA

Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Steve Strawn

Entrepreneur (Ret)
Oregon, USA

Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


John Stuart (Stuart) Strachan

IT Professional
Glasgow, Scotland

Attended 2014 Strachan Family Convention
Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Robert Andrew (Andy) Strachan

Entrepreneur
Torry, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


John Edward Strachan

Teacher / Educator
Canada

Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


William D (Bill) Strawn

Olypia, WA, USA

Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed


Valeri Strachan-Severson

Butte Valley, CA, USA

Interest to attend 2024 Strachan Family Convention is confirmed



OBSERVERS (Below)


Luke Strachan, Tanist

Eldest son of Charles Robert Lund (Rob) Strachan



Russell Strachan

First cousin of Dr. Martin Strahan
Australia


Barbara Strachan

First cousin of Ian Strachan
Canada


Brenda Strachan

Wife of Ian Strachan
Canada


Dave Severson

Husband of Valeri Strachan-Severson
USA