The Clan Lamont Society was formed in 1895 in Glasgow, Scotland with the purpose to keep alive the values and traditions of the clan. Sir James Lamont XIV of Knockdow was the first president of the Clan Lamont Society and he and the Clan Lamont Society’s Council implemented a constitution which remained unchanged and is adhered to till today. Since its inception in a Glasgow club, the Clan Lamont Society is now international, with branches in Canada, North America and Australia. We, as mother society of the Clan Lamont, advice and help our sister societies throughout the world. We help, advise and invite Lamonts and septs of Lamont to join our Society. Individuals without Lamont ancestry who have an interest may join as associate members but they don’t have voting rights. The Clan Lamont tartan was the first ever to be registered.
The Clan Lamont Society headquarters are in the Old Manse at Inverchaolain, 15 miles west of Dunoon, situated on Loch Striven. It is an old B listed building and within we have a small museum which houses our history artefacts and memorabilia including three first editions of McKechnie’s Clan History.
Our curator and president, Mary Lamb, lives in the Manse. She meets and greets visitors, manages the headquarters and its maintenance, the museum and the clans affairs.
The Clan Lamont Society provides an educational grant and a shield to the Cowal Games for the best juvenile solo piper. Among the many international links are strong associations with our sister societies across the seas and a Dutch pipe band The Clan Lamont Pipeband which has adopted our heritage as their theme.