“Clan societies, particularly those founded overseas, have become something akin to cult groups.” So says, Alexander W Morrison in his essay “The Clan Morrison Hoax of the Norse Origin on Lewis and Harris.”
As we begin the endeavor of establishing a clan society, these words provide a provocative and rather humorous caution. Part of our mission is to celebrate Clan McCulloch and its Scottish heritage. Doing so involves embracing earnest study of history, genealogy, as well as DNA and Y DNA results of family members. It also involves relishing a bit of clan lore. Because the origins of Clan McCulloch, as well as the origins of the surname McCullough, are obscure, there is room for a bit of speculation along with scholarly study.
As members of Clan McCullough learn family history, genealogy, and share our DNA findings, there is also a need for a certain amount of patience and grace. As we compare notes about our family trees and DNA studies, it’s important to be patient with new learners. We hope that the Clan Society will be a forum of open inquiry and mutual assistance, rather than a cult or a snobbish club where members compete to show who is the greatest expert on all things related to Clan McCulloch.