'Scotlands Places'. We all know 'Scotlands People' for Old Parish Records and such like but 'Scotlands places' is far less well known. It has all sorts of tax details (servants, non-working dogs, windows and more) which provide primary evidence support for people living in certain places. And we are talking right down to the 1600s but most is 1700s - 1800s. Great for Clan Gunn genealogy research. And people say all Clan Gunn history is known ... http://www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/search/partner/Sutherland…
The tree is by Captain Alexander Gunn who was an acknowledged important Clan Gunn historian. His father was Donald Gunn the Sennachie (Clan Gunn historian). The tree was presented to Captain Alexander Gunn's nephew, Alexander Gunn of Durness 1859-1945. It is legitimate to assume that what the tree shows about Captain Alexander Gunn's descent is accurate, especially in the more immediate generations, for this branch of the family given the 'historic' interests of Captain Alexander Gunn and his father.
Thomas Sinclair's view in his 'The Gunns' - Sinclair page 185 - 186 is that 'Captain Gunn, Braehour … is admitted to be, if not the greatest, at least a genuine, living authority on Gunn questions … It were strange if the captain had not been well posted up in all historic points, seeing that his father, Donald Gunn, Braehour, was the acknowledged sennachy or historian of his time … an unusually learned sennachy.'
I note Mark Rugg Gunn in the Introduction to his history writes
In other words, real Gunn history is still being found, and old knowledge re-interpreted - those who think Gunn history is fixed, with all answers known, are just wrong.
Clan Gunn Chief line - Kinbrace
I am thoroughly checking the 1896 Clan Gunn tree written by the well-known Captain Alexander Gunn, whose father was Donald Gunn the Sennachie of Braehour and Brawlbin. There is a lot of interesting and very useful information in the tree, not least the suggestion that the sister of the last two Chiefs (she married John Gunn in Kinbrace) may have been called Margaret. Lord Lyon records her as 'Unknown'...
Clan Gunn castles
Interesting to see in the Blaeu 1654 Atlas of Scotland that there is no mention of Clan Gunn castles, although other Caithness / Sutherland / Strathnaver castles are detailed. This further suggests that Gunn castles were not castles but fortified farmhouses / homesteads which is what their measurements suggests they were.
Clan Gunn Family Convention 2015 and Lord Lyon
For those interested in the Clan Gunn Family Convention and Lord Lyon's jurisdiction - or not - on this matter see http://www.heraldica.org/topics/britain/lordlyon.htm
Clan Gunn has no Orkney origin
I know I have written on the 'Clan Gunn was never from the Orkney Islands' issue before but I have added another entry on the topic. It is more tightly argued than before. See http://clangunn.weebly.com/clan-gunn-has-no-orkney-origin.html
I do not see the slightest academic logic for hoping that the Clan Gunn originated in the Orkneys... It's just romantic fiction...
Thought people would like to know that the trees which I have use here, and which Thomas Sinclair used in his Appendix, will be discussed - along with the manuscript - in the next issue of Scottish Archives (being Vol.20).
See http://blog.whatscotlandthinks.org/2015/02/labour-still-deep-trouble/ for discussion of the next opinion poll showing the Scottish Nationalist Party continuing to poll extremely highly. These polls are of increasing significance as there is a Westminster election in May of this year.