Welcome to Clan Douglas Society of North America
CDSNA is a charitable non-profit organization of Scottish descendants of the septs and allied families of the Family/Clan Douglas whose purpose is to foster and promote understanding and good fellowship among other Scottish descendants, to study and learn about our Scottish heritage, and to promote and increase our friendships with those of similar mind now residing in Scotland and the world.
Clan Douglas Society of North America has Regents representing our organization throughout the United States, our affiliates in Canada, and Australia by promoting Douglas heritage at many Scottish Festivals and Highland Games.
Where do our Membership dues go?
- A quarterly Clan newsletter DUBH GHLASE— with articles on Douglas family history and Clan Douglas activities across North America
- Clan Douglas tent sponsorships at the numerous Scottish Games and Festivals throughout the United States
- Support for Scotland’s Douglas Museum
- Clan Douglas Society of North America, Ltd. scholarships (up to four a year in the amount of $250.00 each) to selected applicants dedicated to continuing their instruction and furthering their education in the field of Scottish art, piping, drumming, dancing, Scottish related languages or general Scottish studies
More About CDSNA
Clan Douglas Society of North America, CDSNA, was organized in 1975 at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans in Linville, North Carolina and duly incorporated July 21, 1977. CDSNA is a tax-exempt organization recognized as a charitable historical organization by the IRS and all donations to CDSNA are tax deductible. CDSNA is a member of the Council of Scottish Clan Associations, COSCA.
CDSNA is totally independent of any associations in Scotland, where the Chief of the Clan is said to be “dormant”. CDSNA is neutral on any and all claims or movements to establish a claim for a Chief of the House of Douglas. If an active Chief of the House of Douglas should be named, it will become incumbent on active CDSNA members to make application to such Chief or chief’s organization and establish personal claim of right to affiliation with them.
CDSNA works to maintain a cordial relationship with the office of The Lord Lyon, The Duke of Hamilton, The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, The Earl of Hume, The Earl of Morton, and others within the historical House of Douglas. We ask all such persons to advise us on any matter to assure cordial and diplomatic relationships and to maintain historical accuracy. CDSNA recognizes the ignorance of most Americans on these matters of peerage and apologizes to our cousins abroad for any trespasses in such matters. Society members are encouraged to preserve our Douglas and Scottish heritage and support the Douglas Heritage Museum in Douglas, Scotland by becoming a “friend of Douglas Heritage.
CDSNA is therefore an independent American and Canadian organization although we do extend the privilege of affiliation with our Society to persons worldwide having the surname of Douglas or one of the many other surnames of families traditionally and/or historically allied to the House of Douglas or with spouses of such lineage. CDSNA currently has members in several foreign countries.
The primary unifying efforts of the Society are
- its quarterly newsletter, Dubh Ghlase (Gaelic for Black Water), available in a full-color, digital format via email
- a clan website (www.ClanDouglasSociety.org)
- Sponsored Clan tents at selected Celtic/Scottish events coast to coast
CDSNA has its annual general business meeting, AGM, at Grandfather Mountain on the occasion of the Highland Games in July of even-numbered years. In odd-numbered years, the AGM can be held at another suitable time and place at another highland gathering, if approved by the Board of Directors. Announcements informing membership of any AGM arrangements will be published in the newsletter and on the website.