The Buchan name is derived from the district of Buchan which is made up of Aberdeenshire and part of Banffshire. It may be taken form the word, ‘bwch’ the Brythonic for cow.
The first mention of the Buchan family refers to a Ricardus de Buchan as clerk to the bishopric of Aberdeen around 1207. It is not clear when the family gained their current lands of Auchmacoy. However, it seems to have been in the family’s hands since the early fourteenth century. In 1503, they officially received the lands in a charter from James IV.
The Buchans were staunch supporters of the Stuart Dynasty throughout the 17th century and fought consistently on the side of the Jacobite cause.
More recently, the clan chief of the Buchan name is Charles Buchan of Auchmacoy. The chief’s seat remains at Auchmacoy House near Ellon.