The Hebrides and Highlands of Scotland appear to be our primary ancestral lands for the last 1200 years. There are four known areas in which our family of ancestors lived. Isle of Harris, North of Inverness in the vicinity of Dunrobin Castle, Glenelg, and Skye.
The picture to the left highlights the beaches of Scarista on the western shores of Isle of Harris. These beaches and south Harris are the areas in which the Mhic Criomain tribe reportedly lived about 900 to 1200 years ago. There were MacCrummen ancestors living in the area 15th to 19th centuries.
Documented Genealogy & Family History
Recently family members have rediscovered working genealogical files and documents - most untouched for the last 70 years. A team of family members and close friends are reviewing, transcribing, and summarizing key elements of these rediscovered documents. Publication of two major manuscripts are scheduled for publication in 2021.
The family is grateful to the foresight and skills of Ruari Halford-MacLeod. He has exhaustively documented Donald Ruadh MacCrummen. His unpublished 2018 manuscript The Best Piper of His Time, Lt Donald MacCrummen and the National Academy of Pipe Music is an excellent history of this famous MacCrummen.
Clan MacCrimmon Society
The Clan MacCrimmon Society was established in 1936 and due World War II became inactive about 1944. Chief Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod was President while Dr. Calum MacCrimmon, M.B., Ch.B., Physician & Surgeon, of Shetland Isles and Portree (Skye) was Chief of Clan MacCrimmon Society. George Poulter, FSA Scot was the Clan Genealogist.
Poulter and others conducted extensive research including interviews and correspondence with various people in Scotland, North America, and Australia. Poulter and the Clan MacCrimmon Society completed handwritten notes, a 30 foot long genealogy scroll, and three printed booklets.
John Arthur & Bessie McCrimmon of Bon Accord, Alberta conducted extensive genealogical research from 1934 through 1950. Working with other McCrimmon & MacCrimmon family members they discovered significant findings, particularly tied to descendants of Donald Ruadh MacCrummen. The McCrimmons contributed over 80% of the material published by Clan MacCrimmon Society in History of Clan MacCrimmon, Part II. Donald Ruadh.
Re-Discovered Manuscripts of Family History & Genealogy
Poulter compiled information he and the McCrimmons compiled into two manuscripts. The manuscripts have been transcribed & compared. Additionally, the families of John Arthur & Bessie McCrimmon, and Malcolm Roderick MacCrimmon preserved significant family and Clan MacCrimmon Society communications. These materials are being analyzed and developed into additional manuscripts for wider distribution.
Draft Manuscript of Genealogy and History
The primary and handwritten manuscript of Clan MacCrimmon Society, "Genealogy and Family History" (on accounting ledger paper, abt 11" by 18"), totals about 170 pages and was the compilation of the work of Poulter and the McCrimmons. The original of the document was first re-discovered in the mid-1970's, however its current location is unknown. Three photocopies were delivered to different MacCrimmon families in Canada. Between 2016 and 2020, the photocopies have been compared to be sure of accuracy and confirmation they are exact.
Poulter and the 2nd Chief of Clan MacCrimmon Society, Malcolm Roderick Mac Crimmon, complied and wrote a partially typewritten version of the "Genealogy and Family History" . Poulter and 2nd Chief of Clan MacCrimmon Society, Malcolm Roderick Mac Crimmon, donated it to the Society of Genealogists of London in December 1943. This version was reviewed and photographed in July 2018 by JB McCrummen and Andrew MacLeod, genealogist for Clan MacLeod Society.
In the early 2021 the final transcriptions, comparison and integration of these handwritten documents, the Genealogy Scroll and three booklets is nearing completion.
30 Foot Long Genealogy Scroll
Poulter also developed a handwritten 30 foot long Genealogy Scroll of the MacC' genealogy and family history. In 1937 the original was donated by Poulter to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. It is in the care of the National Museum of Scotland. In July 2018. In the photo to the right (left to right) JB McCrummen, Alan McCrimmon of Scotland, & Lisa McCrummen of Seattle are next to this important genealogy document.
Three Booklets Published by Clan MacCrimmon Society
Between 1938 and 1939 George Poulter and the Clan MacCrimmon Society published three booklets. There are some important differences in the copy when comparing these booklets to the Genealogy Scroll and the two original documents noted above.