The Caledonian Society

      With Scottish names in The Netherlands

               's-Gravenhage 25 January 1973

In 1973 werd op 25 januari door de heren P.Douglas en E.J.Mac Gillavry te 's-Gravenhage The Caledonian Society opgericht, met als doel te komen tot een Schots genealogische vereniging in Nederland. In de jaren die volgden werd er veel informatie verzameld door leden met een Schotse afkomst.

Op 1 januari 2014 moest The Caledonian Society haar activiteiten beeindigen vanwege teruglopende belangstelling voor genealogie en de culturele activiteiten.

Omdat The Caledonian Society beschikt over een grote hoeveelheid informatie van Schotten die in Nederland verbleven zullen we na 1 januari 2014 als informatiebron onder de naam The Caledonian Society actief blijven. Zo kunnen personen met Schotse afkomst de komende jaren gebruik maken van de aanwezige informatie over Schotse Familie Roots in Nederland. Informatie over de aanwezige Familie Roots kunnen bij het centraal archief en de N.G.V. te Weesp worden aangevraagd.

Vanwege de belangstelling buiten Nederland over Schotse Familie Roots in zowel Nederland als Schotland vervolgen we de website in het Engels.



Scottish family Clannnames from members in or archives

A. Abercrombie,Aberkrom,Adam, Aiton, Allen, Amstrong, Averson.

B. Balfour, Ballintine, Blackborn, Bu(o)chanan, Bogie, Borthwick, Brown, Bruce, Bruyce, Butler.

C.Campbell, Carley, Cowan, Craig, Creychton, Crouder, Crum, Cunningham.

D. Davidson, Donald, Dorward, Dun, Duncan, Dunrie, Dundasn Douglas, Douw.

F. Falcorner, Ferguson, Forbes, Fearn, Fraser.

G. Gillavry (Mac Gillivray), Gordon, Grant, Gunn.

H. Hamilton, Henderson, Houston, Hutchison.

K. Kaim, Kayim, Kennedy, Keen, Kean/Keene, Kentie, Kincaid, Kinket.

L. Leith, Lengkeek, Livingston, Loban.

M. Mac Bean, Mac Coll of Mul, Macdaniel, Mac Donald, MacKay, Mackaay, Mac Kendricks, Mac.Kenzie,

     Mackintosh, Mac Lean, Mac Kloet, Mac Lenman, Mac Neill, Macpherson, Mac Quelijn, Mac in Roy,

     Makking, Marjoribanks, Matezon, Matheson, Menzies, Meston, Morré, Munro, Murray.

O. Ogg, Oglivy.

R. Robbinson, Robertson, Ross.

S. Scot, Sempel, Seton, Sinclair, Sjerp (Sharp), Skene, Story, Stuart, Sutherland.

T. Tayler, Treels, Trimble.

U. Urquart.

V. Veder (Vether).

W. Wallace, Wallis, Wildy,Willekes, Wilson, Witness, Wright, Wood.

Y. Young.

Recent: Book, Eleven Generations of Mac Daniel in The Netherlands.


After 40 years The Caledonian Society finist hair Cultural activitys in The Netherlands.

More information about genealogy of Scottish family roots in The Netherlands wil be save for the future in or archives on the central adres;

If you have any futher questions, plase don't hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards, Alister Willemsen-Young.


The Commando Memorial, Spean Bridge.



The monument consists of a cast bronze sculpture of three Commandos in characteristic dress complete with cap comforter, webbing, standing atop a stone plinth. The soldier at the front is thought to depict Commando Frank Nicholls. The one of the other two soldiers is Jack Lewington (rank unknown) who frequently attended Remembrance Service at the moniment during his lifetime, the other remains unknown. The three Commandos are depicted looking south towards Ben Nevis. The entire monument is 17 feet (5.2 m) tall.The monument has been variously described as a huge, striking and iconic statue.

"United we conquer" is inscribed around the top of the stone plinth, while the original plaque on the stone plinth reads: "In memory of the officers and men of the commandos who died in the Second World War 1939–1945. This country was their training ground."

The monument stands as a memorial to the British Commandos who trained all around the Lochaber region which the monument overlooks, while they were based at the Achnacarry Commando Training Centre established in 1942. As such it is used as site for memorial services, including the 60th anniversary of D-Day, and Remembrance Day ceremonies.

A Garden of Remembrance, which was subsequently added to the site, is used by many surviving World War II Commandos as the designated final resting place for their ashes, as also been used as a place where many families have scattered ashes and erected tributes to loved ones who belonged to contemporary Commando units and who have died in more recent conflicts such as the Falklands War or in Afghamistan and Iraq.