First "what clad do you belong to?":
The usual system is to go back to your most recent Scots ancestor whose
surname (family name in the US if that is where you are from?) is of a clan
But remember that not all Scots families are from 'clans' since these were
mainly from the Highlands while similar kin groups (like the Armstrongs) in
the Lowlands and that part of the Lowlands called the Borders (with England)
use 'family' rather than 'clan' to describe their kindred.
In fact it was customary for those who were for some reason out of their
clan or family to adopt one. This was done by declaring their loyalty to
the father figure (or chief) of the clan or kinddred. In effect it meant
that if the chief or head of kindred called them out to join with their
neighbors to defend (or otherwise) the homeland the man of the house or his
son would go. In Scotland sometimes the women went if they felt forceful
and able enough.
Second, "is Hastings a part of Clan Campbell?":
The short answer is yes in terms of the Sept List agreed in recent years by
The long answer is that the branch of Clan Campbell known as Campbell of
Loudoun passed into the female line a number of times and one of the times
the heiress married a Hastings, so that the surname-family name of the
Countess of Loudoun today (head of the branch) is not Campbell but
Abney-Hastings. Her daughter (I think) lives on the Loudoun estate while
she herself lives in a place in England wallowing in the splendid name of
Incidentally I am most impressed that you have managed to trace your
Hastings name back to John Hairstanes in Craigs. Hastings in England is
where William Duke of Nomrandy (fondly known at times now as Willy the Conk)
beat the Saxon king of England and so conquered the people and land there.
I hope this helps, Diarmid Campbell
----- Original Message -----
From: Margaret <mafbennett(a)earthlink.net>
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2001 5:13 PM
Subject: Clan Campbell of Loudoun (Loudon)
Dear Campbell Researchers,
I am new to this list and to Scottish history/genealogy. There are a few
questions I hope y'all will be able to help me with. First.... How do
know what Clan(s) you belong to if there are many Clans in your
Sorry if this is one of those "dumb" questions that prove my ignorance
I was named for my paternal grandmother, Margaret Hutton Hastings. Having
searched family bibles and especially the home page of Joe Hastings, I
verified her family back to John Hairstanes, b. Bet. 1600 - 1605, d.
05, 1685/86 in Craigs, Scotland. In the early 1700's there is a
Dumfries, Scotland. The name changes from Haistanes, Hairstaines,
Hairstones, finally to Hastings in the 1800's. From what I have been able
to gather, this family is part of Clan Campbell of Loudoun (Loudon). YES?
I am more than willing to share any information on the Hastings family,
hope that y'all will be able to enlighten me.
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