Real Clan Gunn Chief Osclay line - and Hon. J. A. Gunn (anthrax)
I have a little earlier mentioned that Osclay Gunns are descendants of Chief Donald Crotach Gunn. Alexander Gunn of Osclay and his wife Barbara are buried in the grounds of the Clan Gunn Society Heritage Museum which is ironic given the disinheritance of this real Clan Gunn Chief line by the Clan Gunn Society, as shown by that society’s support for the newly invented third Clan Gunn Chief line.
Shown aboveis the Hon. John Alexander Gunn who was a noted Australian colonial scientist as he created an anthrax vaccine suitable for Australian conditions (Pasteur’s vaccine was not suitable) and who was the great, great grandson of the previously mentioned Alexander Gunn and Barbara Gunn. His life is covered in the Museum – I wonder if the display dealing with him will ever be altered to mention his forebears and their direct line of descent from the original Clan Gunn Chiefs? And would mention also be made that his descendants are the most senior living line to have always held the name Gunn from Chief Donald Crotach Gunn – and so from Coroner Gunn (or, as he is often wrongly called, ‘George Crowner Gunn’)? I suspect not, but I could be wrong…
A detailed account of the Hon John Alexander Gunn’s work can be found in Jan Todd’s Colonial Technology; Science and the Transfer of Innovation to Australia, Cambridge University Press, 1995.
'the Gunns, a clan from from the far north of Scotland, are descended from Pictish tribes...'
Page 64 Gilbert Summers, 'Traditions of Scotland' Martin Books 1991.
Time and time again one can find support for Clan Gunn's Pictish origin - in other words that Clan Gunn origin is that of being the original inhabitants (a non-kindred tribe) of Strathnaver / Sutherland / Caithness
See http://clangunn.weebly.com/why-gunns-are-not-of-norse--orkney-descent.html for why the Clan Gunn Orkney island / Viking origin myth just doesn't work, no matter how much Clan Gunn Societies 'believe' in that myth.
Concerning descent from Chief Donald Crotach Gunn...
I have added more on to the Clan Gunn Chief Osclay descent line here http://clangunn.weebly.com/osclay-clan-gunn-chief-link.html
Researching Gunn family history in Victoria Australia has just become markedly easier with a better search program at the Victorian BDM site. See https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/indexsearch.doj
And don't forget the brilliant Trove site from the National Library of Australia which has digitised and fully searchable newspapers which offer a wealth of information on Gunns. 'Gunn' raised 888, 318 separate items in the newspaper section! See http://trove.nla.gov.au/
'Scottish Highland Games may be fun and entertaining, but if we are to judge them by the standards of historical accuracy and cultural authenticity, they are little more than a sham circus.
People wearing tartan kilts celebrate their Lowland Scottish ancestors who would have looked down on Highlanders for their clothing and language. Dancers – mostly children – do “Highland dancing” under the assumption that the dance form derives from Highland tradition, unaware that almost all of it was invented by 19th and 20th century urbanites projecting stereotypes about Highlanders. Clan societies give overly simplistic solutions ... that distort the histories of the very cultures they are supposed to be promoting.
Those who have had the opportunity and good fortune to explore Scotland’s real Highland heritage – that which is rooted in its native Gaelic language and culture – realize that there is a lot to celebrate that is fun, appealing and informative, but that very little of it is being represented or supported through the mainstream of Scottish heritage in North America.
Most Scottish heritage groups are simply social clubs with tartan window dressing and a splash of whisky tasting...'
Being from an excellent article with real North American interest and Clan Gunn implications.
To summarise my view on the the third Clan Gunn Chief line when the first two are not extinct -
1) An interlocutor is not a final decision in Scottish law; I note Lord Lyon Sellar's earlier interlocutor rejecting the Commander as Chief from a Convention.
2) Lyon Court rulings are subject to appeal in the Court of Sessions.
3) The Court of Sessions has already rejected Lyon's ability to make any judgement on contested Clan Chiefship matters.
4) So the Clan Gunn Chiefship matter is nothing like resolved - it now requires two legal battles, rather than one, before the real Clan Gunn Chief is appointed. For more detail see http://clangunn.weebly.com/the-new-3rd-clan-gunn-chief-line.html
The poster says it all really. I note the launching of a new book by George Gunn - I really admire his work. If one is near Dunbeath on the day one should be at the event! So many great Gunn events are not part of Clan societies...