Clan Strachan Representor

Rob Strachan, Mill of Strachan, Aberdeenshire - Commander of the Honourable Clan Strachan

Charles Robert Lund (Rob) Strachan (/strawn/) was born in Munster, Germany (BAOR), and is the eldest son of retired British Ambassador, Major Benjamin Leckie Strachan, CMG and his second wife, Lize Strachan.

As a result of his father's career as British Ambassador, Rob has lived in several countries including Kuwait, Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, and Algeria; interspersed with six years in Canada.

Rob attended Loretto Nippers and Upper School, outside Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He attended South London College; and Harper Adams University, an agricultural college in Shropshire.

In 1994, Rob bought a derelict Mill on the Isle of Mull and restored it to a three bedroom house where he lived for ten years with his partner and two of his four children. While on Mull, Strachan played rugby with the Mull Rugby Club.

Rob plays guitar, piano and bagpipes and is also a member of ‘The Banchory Singers’, who won ‘The Peterhead Shield’ in a battle of choirs at the 2012 Aberdeen Music Festival. Strachan was also a semi-finalist in the Pop category for the 2010 UK Songwriting Contest. His entry, Nefertiti was a Queen, was played on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Radio Scotland

Rob's parents acquired The Mill of Strachan in the 1960's, and in the true spirit of highland hospitality, they have been warmly welcoming Strachan visitors to the village and their home ever since. Today, there is a multi-generation family tie to the Mill, and the expectation that each generation treat visitors as extended family.

Rob is the heir presumptive of the Mill of Strachan in the Parish of Strachan, Aberdeenshire; which is approximately fifty acres, and runs along the Waters of the Feugh at the west-end of the village. Situated in the heart of stunning Deeside, the backdrop to the Mill of Strachan is Clachnaben and the heather covered hills of the Grampian Mountains.  It is an area of breathtaking natural beauty. 

The Mill of Strachan has two well stocked lochs totaling 8 acres, one solely for fly fishing, the other, larger loch for both bait and fly fishing extending to approximately 5 acres. The lochs are regularly stocked with rainbow trout, though brown & brook trout have been caught. The Mill also incorporates a sheep farm, a tack shop and feed shop, an equestrian centre, and a Highland Pony stud.

Mill of Strachan, Strachan, Aberdeenshire

Rob returned to his family's home at the Mill of Strachan in 2008, where he built a home, restored the fish rearing ponds, the dams, and has been managing the rainbow trout fishery for the lochs at the Mill.

Rob is passionate about his Scottish heritage, and in particular history pertaining to Clan Strachan.

Insignia of the Strachan Chiefship

The insignia of the Strachan chiefship are based upon ancient Celtic clan tradition (Adam: Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands). It consists of two elements, the White Rod, and the Clan Sword, each of which are discussed below.

The White Rod of Clan Strachan

An Slat Bhan’ a straight white rod, represents a clan chief's judicial authority over their clan as authorized by the Sovereign of Scotland and so recognized by the Court of the Lord Lyon. It is required to be both white and straight representing purity and the straightness of justice.

The Clan Strachan White Rod was custom hand-crafted by artist Kevin Brady in 2013, and is made of Hard Maple.  It is 30-32 inches long, and embedded in the sterling silver head is the crest badge of the legal Representor of Clan Strachan.  The mid-section is hand-carved open spiral lattice design to represent its ancient Celtic origins.  The three segments that make up the length of the shaft are conjoined with two sterling silver trim bands (or bezels). 

The endcap (or "Filial") is also Sterling Silver and consists of a dark blue Amethyst cap stone, which represents the primary livery colour of ancient chiefly Strachan armorial bearings (e.g. Azure).

The White Rod is properly held on the top third shaft by the Seannachie when used to rap on a door (to announce the arrival of the Chief at official clan functions).  Otherwise, it would be held by the Chief or Seannachie from the bottom section of the rod.  The White Rod is owned by the Clan and placed in the custody of the Clan Strachan Charitable Trust who maintains custody of The White Rod for the Seannachie who is charged with its safekeeping.  It is within the Chief’s privy (as the Representor of the Clan) to appoint the Seannachie.  "An~Seannachie" is a hereditary office within the Clan.  The Seannachie is summarily recognized as a Chieftain.

The Clan Strachan Sword

The Clan Strachan Sword anciently represented the Chief’s power of life and death over their clansmen. In modern times, the sword represents the Chief’s legitimate power as provided under Scots Law over their clan as authorized by the Sovereign through the Court of the Lord Lyon.

As shown above, the Clan Sword is a sharpened and battle-ready Scottish Basket-Hilt Broadsword, and the traditional weapon of the highland clansman.