::Scottish clan chief
The Scottish Gaelic word clann means children.<ref>Mark (2003), p. 458.</ref> In early times, and possibly even today, clan members believed themselves to descend from a common ancestor, the founder of the Scottish clan. From its perceived founder a clan takes its name. The clan chief is the representative of this founder and represents the clan as well. In the Scottish clan system, the term chief denotes a greater chief than that of a chieftain. In consequence, branch chiefs (heads of branches of a clan) are designated chieftains.<ref name="AdamInnes-p154-155">Adam; Innes of Learney (1970), p. 154–155.</ref> Scottish clans who no longer have a clan chief are referred to as armigerous clans.
Scottish clan chief sections
Intro Functions of the clan chief Recognition of chiefs in Scots law Clan chief prerogatives See also Notes References Bibliography
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