A. Our earliest affiliation is as a MacBirnie, a Sept of the Matheson Clan.
Possibly derived from the Gaelic Mic Mhathghamhuin, meaning “son of the bear”, the Matheson clan are closely associated with the Scottish Highlands, particularly Lochalsh in Sutherland. The traditional clan seat of Matheson was at Fort Matheson near Loch Achaidh na h-Inich.
Motto: Fac et spera (Do and hope)
Historic Seat: Fort Matheson, Ardross Castle
As far as we know (to date), there never existed a “Birnie Clan”, however, our name did exist in Scotland, and Ireland where Nordic influence existed.
Q. Any chance, just for fun, of a “membership certificate” in the Birnie Family ?
Crying towel please! Even with a NO fee structure, the legal costs of establishing, maintaining, and avoiding legal liabilities, even as a “club”, was a headache. But stay tuned, our best brains are still looking for an answer. More Scotch !