Clan Gunn Family Convention 2015 - CGSUK answer
And the Clan Gunn Society UK 'Herald' magazine can not publish my article...
Clan Gunn Family Convention 2015 - Clan Gunn Chief
I have asked that my views - http://clangunn.weebly.com/clan-gunn-family-convention--derbhfine-2015.html - be published by the Clan Gunn Society UK and the Clan Gunn Society North America to ensure that both sides of this crucial issue could be debated by all Clan Gunn Society members.
Reducing my view to the minimum is simple - the new Clan Gunn Chief should be the one most closely related to the old Clan Gunn Chief bloodline.
This was not possible for the CGSNA. I look forward to hearing from the CGSUK editor.
Clan Gunn Family Convention 2015; Clan Gunn Chief issue
A Clan Gunn Family Convention has been called by Lord Lyon. See http://clangunn.weebly.com/clan-gunn-family-convention--derbhfine-2015.html for my detailed response.
Clan Gunn Origin - the original tribe of Sutherland
Smibert (1850) gives a sensible Clan Gunn origin possibility namely that Clan Gunn are the original inhabitants of Sutherland (rather than the absurd Clan Gunn Orkney Islands / Norway / Vikings origin idea). Smibert's idea goes well with the Caereni tribe in the Sutherland area (Ptolemy 150 CE).
See https://archive.org/details/clanshighlandss00smibgoog for Smibert's book.
See http://clangunn.weebly.com/real-origin-of-the-clan-gunn.html for greater discussion of this idea.
Clan Gunn Origin not Orkney / Norse / Viking
Given how important the supposedly Orkney / Norse origin Clan Gunn was meant to be before Gunn Coroner (wrongly called George Gunn Crowner) why are there no Norse place names associated with the Clan Gunn in Sutherland? There are, after all, many Norse personal names which are included in place names in Sutherland, see pages 11 and 12 of Alex MacBain's Place names Highlands & Islands of Scotland.
Answer? The Clan Gunn has no Orkney / Norse origin and so have no Norse (or any other) place names attached to it.
For more on the sheer impossibility of Clan Gunn having an Orkney / Norse / Viking origin see http://clangunn.weebly.com/why-gunns-are-not-of-norse--orkney-descent.html
Clan Gunn real origin? Contemplate the Caereni tribe mentioned by Ptolemy in 150 AD for the 'Strathnaver area'.
I hope people have noticed the small p and small f buttons in the top right corner and clicked on them, but just in case some haven't I thought I'd mention them. The actual link for Clan Gunn pinterest is http://uk.pinterest.com/alastairgunn/clan-gunn/ and for Clan Gunn Facebook it is https://www.facebook.com/ClanGunn1
I've just finished reading 'We of the Never-Never' by Mrs Aeneas Gunn, which is a memoir set in the Northern Territory of Australia in 1902.
It's a great 'colonial' B grade text. It uses racist terms but is not racist in attitude - 'The white man has taken the country from the black fellow' (Chapter Twenty). Given Australia was viewed as 'Terra Nullius' on British white settlement (in other words the indigenous Australians, in effect, did not exist - they had no rights), that indigenous Australians only gained the right to vote in Commonwealth elections in 1962 and Aboriginal Land Rights only became accepted in the 1970s one can see her attitude was markedly advanced for the time. She was also incredibly feminist - real women were not meant to be where she was in Central Australia. The text has its flaws - notably a weak ending and too much direct conversation - but remains a vivid evocation of place and time. Now I must watch the film...
But it is her husband which is of main interest here. He was sent important family trees which are discussed in the Appendix of Thomas Sinclair's 'The Gunns'. I make much use of these family trees as they are original works and not previously fully used in Clan Gunn family history. A letter by 'Maluka' Aeneas Gunn about these family trees I have recorded here see http://clangunn.weebly.com/aeneas-james-gunn-australia-discussion-of-the-edinburgh-trees.html
For a trailer of the film see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RIITgPGmW8