According to legend, the ancient family of Buchanan of that Ilk are descended from an Irish noble, Anselan O’Kyan, who apparently settled in modern-day Scotland in the 11th century where he is said to have been granted land by Malcolm III.
The Buchanan name itself is believed to have been derived from the Gaelic ‘Macachanonaich’ meaning, ‘son of the cannon’ – however, there is no definitive proof that this is the case.
The clan shield is strikingly similar to the Royal Arms of Scotland, other than changing part of the design from back to red.
The Buchanan clan would go without a clan chief for 337 years until 2018 when the Lord Lyon gave John Michael Baillie-Hamilton Buchanan the title. Therefore, the current clan seat is his home at Cambusmore in Stirling.