Although this hierarchy was scrupulously observed, there was no feeling of resentment on the part of the Clansmen, whose powers of reflection were limited by their circumstances. They were proud to be connected to their Chief and to each other and the evidence shows they were willing to die for the Clan.
To add to the solidarity of the Clan, the practice of fosterage meant that children (including the Chief's) were exchanged and brought up among different families. Thus the most humble Clansmen felt personally responsible for the children of his chief and vise versa.
From: A British Souvenir Guide (by Pitkin Pictorials Limited)
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