Derived from the Gaelic word ‘Leamhanach’ meaning ‘smooth stream’ or perhaps ‘place of the elm trees’, the Lennox clan takes its name from the ancient Earldom of Lennox which consisted of the whole of Dunbartonshire as well as parts of Renfrewshire, Perthshire and Stirlingshire.
The Earls of Lennox would go on to become the most powerful nobles in Scotland by the end of the 13th century and would appear on the Ragman Rolls of 1296 – a document in which the Scottish nobility and gentry subscribed allegiance to King Edward I of England as his army advanced north into the country in order to keep their lands – before going on to become staunch supporters of Robert the Bruce during the Scottish Wars of Independence.
Over the years the Lennox clan have held numerous different strongholds and castles including Antermony Castle, Balcorrach Castle, Balloch Castle (which is still standing) and Woodhead Castle. However, the traditional clan seat of the Chiefs of Lennox was located at Lennox Castle next to the modern-day training ground of Glasgow Celtic FC.
The clan sold all their lands during the 20th century and therefore no longer have a building which acts as their seat. They do, however, still have a clan chief, Edward Lennox of that Ilk and Woodhead.