Originating in Perthshire, the MacKinlay name is derived from the Gaelic, “Mac Fionnlaigh,” meaning “son of Findlay.”
The traditional lands of the clan are in the historic district of Lennox and they are originally descended from Findlay, a son of Buchanan of Drumikill.
The first recorded use of the MacKinlay name was in 1493 when Gillaspyk M’Kynlay witnessed a charter involving the Earl of Argyll.
One famous member of the MacKinlay clan is the former president of the United States, William McKinley. McKinley served as president from 1897 until his death in 1901 when he was assassinated in the city of Buffalo, New York.
Today, the MacKinlay clan is armigerous meaning that it is registered as a clan with the Lord Lyon but does not have an official clan chief.