Welcome to the Clan Wood Society

 
 

Saltire

Wood of Bonnytoun
  The personal Arms of our Chief
 

Chief
Wood of Largo
 
BLAZON: Shield - Argent, an oak tree vert eradicated Proper fructeted Or;  Crest - A ship under sail Proper;  Motto - Tutus in Undis;  Supporters - Two sailors Proper, their caps and jackets vert, their lapels, cuffs and trousers Argent
 
 
 
If your surname by Scottish descent is Wood or any of its direct variations;
 if you are the partner or a near descendant of someone of the Name;
if you support our Aims listed below,
You are welcome to be a member of this Society.
 
 
Representing an ancient clan/family whose continuing line of Lothian and Fifer Chiefs dates back to the 12th century, and whose lairds have governed lands in the north and south of the country, the Society exists to promote the spirit of clan fellowship, Scottish traditions and friendly relations with other clan and family societies.
 
We are building a knowledge base about Wood history and culture, genealogy, individuals' achievements and lots more besides.
 
The Society provides a supportive link between members.
 
The wearing of the clan/family tartan is encouraged.
 
We aim to establish close ties with Clan Wood organisations throughout the world.
 
 
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"Clan Societies have existed since the seventeenth century.  They provide invaluable machinery for a clan-fund, repository for records and treasures, and virtually form the Civil Service of the clan." (A. Mure Mackenzie, 1949)
 
 
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Clan Village
 
Just a small part of the Clan Village, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
(There are more pictures in the Members' Area Bulletins page)
 
To all the hundreds of you who visited our clan tent
during the 2009 international Gathering in Edinburgh,
we send our sincere thanks for your keen interest and support.
 
We learnt much back then from all those helpful responses
and heard numerous fascinating family stories. 
 
Clan Wood participates in the annual events at Greenville, South Carolina and Radford, Virginia. Details about the Greenville 10th Anniversary event in 2015 can be seen in the USA Page.
 
Clan Wood aims to take part in Scotland's next international Gathering.
 
The Council is always keen to see the Clan represented at similar events throughout the world.  Invitations from organisers are welcome.  They and people wanting to take part should write to the Secretary by clicking on Contact Us.
 
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Sprig of Oak
 
Most Scottish clans have a Plant Badge
 
This is the Plant Badge of the name Wood, known heraldically as
a Sprig of Oak.
A small cutting from a tree is optionally placed behind the metal Crest Badge that is worn on the cap, lapel, sash etc. - or just by itself. Examples of the Crest Badge can be seen in the Clan Shop.
 
Quercus Robur      
or Darag           
 
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Call in to the website's Clan Shop, where you will find high quality items at affordable prices.
(Click on The Clan Shop in the menu at the top of the page)
 
First and foremost, the shop provides a service that lets you easily obtain items made in the Wood tartan, as well as our iconic Crest Badge insignia that will identify the owner with Clan Wood and its families. The modest funds raised help to cover some of the costs borne by the Society on research projects and of proclaiming the Woods' contribution to Scottish history and culture, especially at public events and through this website.
 
 
 
  Wood Clan/Family Tartan
The Scottish Register of Tartans reference 6630
 
 
Available by the metre, and as scarves, stoles, headwear, neckties and more.  Visit the Clan Shop by clicking on it  in the Menu
 
An image of the Wood Dress tartan (predominantly red) can be seen in the Bulletins page of the Members' Area
 
 
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INAUGURATION 
 
To celebrate the accession of our Chief, Timothy Wood of Largo, we gave him a Reception at Upper Largo, Fife, Scotland on Saturday the 21st May 2011, when he was presented with his distinctive silver bonnet badge that has the traditional three eagle feathers reserved for clan chiefs alone.
 
This was his first official engagement and was a truly historic occasion for his Family and Clan.
 
The ceremony was followed by a buffet lunch and a short walk to Sir Andrew Wood's Tower that formed part of the baronial residence fortified by that illustrious Founder of the present line of chiefs, then on to the kirk where generations of the Chief's ancestors worshipped.
  
You can see some video shorts and photographs of the event through a youtube link, and you can ask for a DVD of the Inauguration, both in the Bulletins pages of the Members' Area.
 
Among the many messages of goodwill sent to the Chief by clansmen and women and friends of the Woods worldwide, and read out at his Inauguration, was the following:
 
"Do please convey to your Chief and your members my good wishes and congratulations." - The Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, Premier Earl of Scotland and Chief of Clan Lindsay.
 
Footnote:
Our Chief is a member of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.
 
 
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"Scotland's Admiral"
 
Book CoverA thrilling account of the personal life and history-changing career of a very great and unique individual, Admiral Sir Andrew Wood of Largo, this ebook benefits from the very latest research. It portrays in the round (i.e., 'warts and all' and with some strong dialogue) the personalities of many of his famous and less well known contempories, while placing his adventures and violent clashes at sea in the context of what else was happening in the world at the time. 
 
"Scotland's Admiral" can be purchased for £3.95 in the website shop.  Just click on The Clan Shop in the menu on this page.
 
 
 
   
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You can read in the pages of this website how the Woods were key to the foundation of  Scotland's huge shipbuilding industry, firstly in Leith and then on Clydeside.
 
 
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  Pipes and Drums band adopts the Wood tartan
(Visit  the USA section)
 
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 Index of Contents in the Members' Area:
 
Club Room Talk (Forum)
 
Newsletters
 
Bulletins
 
Genealogy
 
Constitution
 

If you would like to become a member of the Society, simply click on Join / Support in the Menu at the top of any page.
 
 
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THE CHIEF OF CLAN WOOD
 
Timothy Michael Herbert Fawcett Wood, Representative of the Ancient Family of Wood of Largo and Chief of the Name 
 
 
The Society's Council
Chair: Stephen Wood of Virginia, USA  
Secretary: Bryan Wood of Alberta, Canada 
Treasurer:  Nick Wood of Devon, England
 
Other Officers:  Michael Mure Wood QC of London and Wiltshire, England; Ronald Wood of Hertfordshire, England [also the website shop's UK manager] The Count of Hasselt, Denis Wood of Assen, Netherlands [also contact rep. for Germany and the Benelux];  David Wood of Victoria, Australia [also contact rep. for Australasia]; Brian Wood of Quebec, Canada [also contact rep. for Canada, and the website shop's North America manager];  Thom Wood of South Carolina [also contact rep. for the USA].
 
Council members' contact details can be found in the Members' Area.
 
In common with similar organisations, the Society is run entirely by unpaid volunteers on a not-for-profit basis.
 

Clan Wood Society's Genealogist is Alex Wood of Linlithgow, Scotland. Visit the Members' Area.
 
 
The Crest Badge shown as the Society's logo depicts 'A Ship under sail Proper' which is the Crest of the Arms belonging to our Chief.
 
The Chief's Armorial Bearings are shown on this page with his approval. They must not be copied or used for any purpose without his expressed authority.
 
 
[HELPFUL WARNINGS: No matter what certain plausible, commercial websites may say, there is no such thing in heraldic law as a 'family coat of arms', so nobody should be tempted into buying one. What's more, a title like Lord, Lady or the Laird of Strath Here or Glen There cannot be obtained by purchasing a square foot or any other area of land in Scotland. If that were possible, the country would already be overrun with people titled simply because they own the land their house stands on; there'd be 10 'chiefs' to every 1 'Indian'!  Moreover, where a genuine title is lawfully attached to a piece of land, only one individual at a time may use it.  So don't be fooled by unscrupulous charlatans into parting with money.]
 
On the other hand, the wearing by clansmen and clanswomen of a badge depicting the Crest (the topmost symbol) and Motto of their Chief's Arms IS desirable. An image of their Crest Badge forms the flag of many Clan Societies, and householders like to display it at home - as a wall plaque, for example.
 
 
Last reviewed and updated 28th November 2014


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