Clan Henderson Roots
Clan Henderson Roots
Henderson became a family name in several major areas. Our earliest
Henderson reference appears with Eanruig Mor Mac Righ Neachtan --Big
Henry, son of King Nectan -in Argyll.
This relationship to King Nectan, a Pictish king (maybe one of
the Cruithne mormoars or ri ), from whom the MacNaughtons claim
descent provides the basis for their claim to Hendersons as a
sept. They consider that "our" Henry was a son (mac) of Nectan
and therefore we should be MacNaughtons as well. We recognize
the logic and expect there was probably some historical
relationship, but have yet to find modern Hendersons with a
pedigree connected to this family. Let me add that the MacEanruig
was in Glencoe (Argyll) a century or so before the MacNaughton-we
do not accept any real relation with them; also, there were at
least five Kings named Nectan.
The Chieftain of the MacEanruigs ruled Glencoe for some three
centuries until displaced by theMacDonalds when King Robert the
Bruce gave the area to Angus Og, Lord of the Isles, for his
support at Bannockburn. In the after action report on the
Massacre at Glencoe, the presence of two chieftains was noted-we
were there, even at that time.
Henry Gunn left his clan
Gunn lands and set up his own family home in
the lowlands of Caithness.
Hendersons appeared in the Shetland Islands. Their line is well
Henrysons were one of the riding clans who peopled Liddesdale in
the Middle Marches. They were without any apparent organization
or fealty to any other clan, although they intermingled with the
Eliotts and moved first to Ulster and
then to the United States with them.
From the Borders, Hendersons crossed to Ulster and from there
they migrated to lands far across the world.
Finally, the Dumfriesshire Family of Hendersons established a
barony at Fordell and over time have affected all the right
traditional and legal moves to be considered a clan.
It was to Henderson of Fordell that the initial Grant of Arms for
the name Henderson was made in 1544. The Lord Lyon King of Arms
currently recognizes Dr. John William Philp Henderson of Fordell
as the Chief of the Name and Arms of Henderson.
Who are you?
Are you the descendant of Henry Gunn? Or Eanruig Mor Mac Righ
Neachtan--Big Henry, son of King Nectan? Could you have somehow
escaped the Massacre of Glencoe or the Battle on Dromossie Moor?
Or are you the product of a man's desire to found his own
dynasty? Or, and please don't let this one be the one, could you
be the son of a Saxon?
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