Welcome to the Clan Wood Society
The personal Arms of our 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
Likewise, his ensigns prescribed by the Lord Lyon King of Arms are those of a baron of Scotland and a clan chief
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At the request of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs,
Clan Wood appeared alongside Clan Maclean and Clan Broun to open the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle in the evening of the 9th of August 2017. As two long columns of betartaned clans-people paraded on to the castle esplanade, the 9,000-strong audience filling the lofty stands on three sides let out a roar of applause. First came four splendidly uniformed pipers beautifully playing alternately the two stirring marches that were specially written for the Inauguration of our chief in 2011: "Sir Andrew Wood's Flower Battling Home to Largo" by George Wood of Kirkcaldy, and "The Yellow Caravel" by Diarmid Lindsay of Colinsborough, the Earl of Crawford's personal piper. Then came the three chiefs - one being our sadly indisposed chief's official representative - and their spouses walking six abreast leading the flag-bearers and the colourful ranks of cheerily waving followers. The atmosphere was truly magical and culminated in the chiefs being welcomed by the castle's officers with a Gaelic Loyal Toast and a goodly dram of single malt taken from traditional silver quaichs. More applause pursued the clans as they dispersed to their seats in the stands, the chiefs' party to the Royal Box, to enjoy the ensuing Tattoo performances.
The clan starting to gather...
photographed an hour before climbing up to Edinburgh Castle to open the Tattoo
[More pictures can be seen in the Bulletins page of the Members' Area.]
This stained glass window showing the shield of the Arms of Sir Andrew Wood of Largo, Admiral of Scotland, is located in the Great Hall - which was built in his lifetime - of Edinburgh Castle, and was much admired by our clans-people assembled there before parading on to the castle's esplanade
The Court of the Lord Lyon defines it this way:
Every person who has the same surname as the chief is deemed to be a member of the clan.
Equally, a person who offers allegiance to the chief is recognised as a member of the clan unless the chief decides that they will not accept that person's allegiance.
Thus, if your surname by Scottish descent is Wood or any of its direct variations;
if you are the partner or a near descendant (e.g., an other-named married daughter) of someone of the Name, then you are already a member of Clan Wood as part of your heritage.
Whether or not the above strictly applies to you, if you support our Aims listed below,
then you are welcome to be a member of this Society.
If you would like to become a member of the Society, then click on Join/Support in the main Menu.
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 supportive links between its members worldwide and those of the greater clan it serves.
The wearing of the clan/family tartan is encouraged.
We seek to maintain close ties with Wood Clan organisations throughout the world.
"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)
Just a small part of the Clan Village, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
(There are more pictures in the Members' Area Bulletins page)
(There are more pictures in the Members' Area Bulletins page)
Hundreds of interested enquirers visited our clan tent
during the landmark 2009 international Gathering in Edinburgh.
We learnt much back then from all their helpful responses
and heard numerous fascinating family stories from many parts of the world.
Clan Wood participates in annual events such as at Greenville, South Carolina; Portland, Oregon and Radford, Virginia. Click on Contact Us and ask for the latest news from the Secretary.
The Clan Wood Society aims to take part in all Scotland's international Clan Gatherings.
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 submit their event details to, or request practical setting-up assistance from the Secretary by clicking on Contact Us.
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.
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)
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.
The Wood Clan/Family Tartan
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
To celebrate the accession of our 19th 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.
Our chief's ensigns (heraldic flags) are those of a baron of Scotland, and can be viewed in the Members' Area. He is a member by rank of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.
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A thrilling account of the personal life and history-changing career of a supremely accomplished and unique individual, Admiral Sir Andrew Wood of Largo, this ebook benefits from the very latest research into the man and the background that made him. 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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Index of Contents in the Members' Area:
Club Room Talk (Forum)
THE CHIEF OF CLAN WOOD January 2018
Joseph John Hugh Fawcett Wood of Largo succeeds his late father, Timothy Michael Herbert Fawcett Wood, as Representative of the Ancient Family of Wood of Largo and Chief of the Name.
The Society's Council
Chair: Michael Mure Wood, QC, of Wiltshire, England
Secretary: Geary Woods of Florida, USA
Treasurer: Graham Wood of Moray, Scotland [also contact representative for the UK]
Nick Wood of Devon, England - de Bosco Record; Founding Secretary
Fred Wood of N. Carolina, USA and Geary Woods of Florida, USA - US contact representatives
Brian Wood of Quebec, Canada - Canada contact representative
Ronald Wood of Hertfordshire, England [the website shop's distribution manager, other than for North America]
David Wood of Victoria, Australia - Australasia contact representative
The Count of Hasselt, Denis Wood of Assen, Netherlands - Germany and the Benelux contact representative
Melissa Woods of California, USA
Terence Woods of Illinois, USA
Nicholas Woods of California, USA
Council members' contact details can be found in the Members' Area and in national pages.
In common with similar organisations, the Society is run entirely by unpaid volunteers on a not-for-profit basis.
Clan Wood Society's family 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 clans and clan societies, and householders like to display it proudly at home - as a wall plaque, for example.
Last reviewed and updated 12th of August 2018