Within the Scottish Highlands, in the 12th and 13th centuries the concept of “clan” grew beyond immediate family to cover an extended network of people who felt that they had loyalties to a particular clan chief. Not all of them would have had the surname Lamont, indeed surnames only started to come into use in the 12th century. Sometimes the extension of the clan territory, and therefore the clan members, was achieved by conquest, alliances or by marriage.

Smaller families who did not have the status of a larger clan would often obtain the protection of their more powerful neighbours, but without becoming fully absorbed. In some cases they may have been dispossessed from their original territory and been given shelter by the larger clan chief. They retained their own names and some degree of independence but became a “sept” or branch of the larger clan. In some instances, names are added to the list of clan septs by invitation of the Chief in honour of a valued friendship or marriage. In addition to septs it was common for many Gaelic names to be anglicised or altered over time. Below are a list of surnames that have been identified as being linked to the Clan Lamont. If you share one of these surnames your ancestors may have been part of the clan Lamont sometime in the past.

Black, Brown, Bourdon, Burdon, Lamb, Lambie, Lammie, Lamondson, Landers, Lemond, Limond, Limont, Lucas, Luke, Lyon, Macalduie, MacClymont, MacGilledow, MacGillegowie, Macilzegowie, Macilwhom, MacLamond, MacLucas, MacLymont, MacPatrick, MacPhorich, MacSorley, Meikleham, Patrick, Sorley, Toward, Towart, Turner, White, Supley


The current Chief of Clan Lamont is the 29th, Father Peter Noel Lamont of that Ilk. Father Lamont is Parish Priest of Holy Name Mary Roman Catholic Church, Rydalmere a suburb of Sydney, Australia. He was born on November 21, 1955, and became Chief upon the death of his father, Noel Brian Lamont, on July 16, 1972. His branch of the family came to Australia in 1855, led by his Great Great Grandfather, Edward Buller Lamont. Peter is also the heredity Baron of Inveryne.

The Chiefship moved to Australia in 1929, when Peter’s Great Uncle, Edward Luis Lamont, became the 22nd Chief. Peter has a younger brother, Gregory, who is married, and has sons, so the Chief’s line will continue in Australia. He also has a sister, Roxanne.


The Clan Lamont Society meets annually and consists of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Security and counsilors. Please click this link to find out more about the members of the 2018 council.



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