About Invited Clans & Societies
Our clan sponsors are very special to us at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Their generosity from year to year helps fund not only the operation of the Games but also scholarships for deserving Avery County High School students. Many of these young people or their parents are directly involved in the success of our games each year.
We have approximately 100 Sponsoring Clans and Societies each year. Each clan tent sponsored comes with 2 ribbons for admission, 2 souvenir pins, 2 Reception tickets, a souvenir program, and one come and go parking pass or two all-day parking passes. Thanks again to our clans and societies for sponsoring the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
The 2021 Honored Clan is Clan Matheson and Alexander Matheson is the Chieftain of the Games. Read more about it in our features section!
Honored Clan Clan Matheson A Very Brief History Of Clan Matheson Matheson comes from the Gaelic MacMhàthain, “son of the bear”, not “son of Mathew”. The first recorded chief was Kenneth MacMhàthain, traditionally Constable of Eilean Donan Castle – then a huge sea fortress – at the head …Read More
The 2021 Featured Clan is the Baird Clan. Richard Holman-Baird is the Distinguished Guest.
2021 Featured Clan About CLAN MACCALLUM/MALCOLM The names MacCallum and Malcolm derive from the Gaelic name of Saint Columba of the Celtic Church, who brought Christianity to Scotland in 563 A.D. The Gaelic names for Saint Columba are Colm or Callum (Chaluim). Maol Colm is an ancient form …
2021 Featured Clan About CLAN MORRISON The Clan Morrison Society of North America will be holding its Annual Meeting at the Grandfather Mountain Games. It will be the first official appearance of the new chief, Alasdair Morrison, Morrison of Ruchdi, following the untimely death of his father, Dr. …
2021 Featured Clan The International Association of Clan MacInnes is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this summer…a year late due to the pandemic. About Clan MacInnes In 1970, seven MacInnesses from the southeastern states gathered at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and decided to create the Clan MacInnes Society …