I just thought I'd remind people that I have other sites which deal with Clan Gunn issues. The top right hand corner of this site has my f for facebook button and P for pinterest which will take you straight to my Clan Gunn sites on those applications.
I also have a blog which repeats much of what is on this site - see http://clangunn1.blogspot.co.uk/
Speaking of James E. Gunn and science fiction I note that the film 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was
directed by James F. Gunn, see http://www.ew.com/article/2015/10/07/guardians-galaxy-director-james-gunns-facebook-qa .
Wikipedia gives the origin of his surname Gunn as 'derived from the Irish name MacGilGunn meaning "Sons to the Servants of the God of the Dead"...
Which goes interestingly with http://clangunn.weebly.com/mcelgunns--gunns-of-killyfoyle-northern-ireland.html ....
James E. Gunn 'The Listeners' and the origin of the surname Gunn
I’ve just finished re-reading James E. Gunn’s 1972 science fiction novel ‘The Listeners’ which is about listening for extra-terrestrial intelligence, obviously it links to SETI concerns (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SETI_Institute). Although not brilliantly written the book raises useful ethical questions as to what we should do once contact has been made. It is a little dated; the amount of people smoking, the few female roles and the slow speeds of computers stand out given that the novel covers the period 2025 to 2118.
But it’s with the surname Gunn I am interested. Given Clan Gunn’s origin is of a non-kindred tribe of original settlers of northern mainland Scotland (see http://clangunn.weebly.com/real-origin-of-the-clan-gunn.html) I am not axiomatically related to James E. Gunn even though we share the same surname. So noting Professor Celeste Ray’s point, discussed in an earlier entry, that clan society membership is so one can ‘share the successes of those with a common name’, these shared successes are inapplicable for Gunns as for them a shared surname is not a genealogical link; a real family tree is required for that.
Gunn is but a name which outsiders applied to the original settlers...
'Highland Heritage; Scottish Americans in the American South' by Celeste Ray
I have just been reading Highland Heritage; Scottish Americans in the American South by Professor Celeste Ray. It provides an excellent framework in which to consider all clan societies although it obviously has a major American focus.
Some key points and phrases are
Anyway, it is an important text and very much worth reading.
Celeste Ray, Highland Heritage; Scottish Americans in the American South, University of North Carolina Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8078-4913-8
I see the current Clan Gunn Society UK magazine has an article (pages 8-9) supporting the ridiculous
Gunn Westford Knight myth. Or, as it can be viewed, a Gunn discovered America (don't laugh out
loud). I have dealt with the total lack of academic support for this idea before -
Believing in this idea is the equivalent of believing in a flat earth...