Welcome to all Mathesons, Mathiesons and Mathisons (and other variants of the name).

Matheson crest

The Clan Matheson Society was founded in the mid-twentieth century to link Mathesons around the world.  This is the website of the New Zealand branch of the society, one of several branches in countries where large numbers of Highland Scots settled. This branch has been active for 30 years, and you can find out more about it here.

The Clan Matheson Society links clan members worldwide and provides a connection to their Highland Scottish heritage.  Members connect through their branch’s events, newsletters and websites, and gather occasionally to discover more about their clan’s origins.

If you’re interested in Matheson family history, the society is the place for you.  You can meet up with other clan members to help find out more about your Scottish origins.  The society’s genealogy team is compiling full records of branches of the extended clan family, whether by following traditional records or through analysing DNA samples to trace clan connections.

Find out how to join us here.


Check here to find out what’s changing on this site.  You can also look at ‘Recent Posts’ in the bar on the right of this page to find updates.

What’s new

Come along to meet others interested in Matheson heritage, and hear how we’re planning to adapt for the future.  Auckland Botanic Gardens, Hill Road, Manurewa, in the Logan Campbell Room from 1:30 pm.

August 2021.  The New Zealand branch of the Clan Matheson Society is for anyone interested in Matheson heritage.  We’re meeting on Sunday 8 August 2021 in Auckland, to discuss some exciting ideas about making our information and activities available to all.

June 2021.  Want to do more to generate interest in Matheson heritage?  Keen to strengthen the profile of Scottish culture and customs in New Zealand?  If you have a good idea about how to do that, we’d like to hear from you.

The New Zealand branch of the Clan Matheson Society has set up a small grant scheme to support worthwhile projects. Read more here.

September 2020. There’s a new instalment in our series on New Zealand Matheson family members who died in the Second World War. Roderick Campbell Mathieson, known in the family as Roy, is related to several people in our Facebook group.

September 2020. We have a new committee for the coming year.  They’re listed here, along with all the contacts for the New Zealand branch of the Clan Matheson Society

April 2020.  The WW2 story of Archie Matheson has been updated, thanks to a startling discovery in the archives.

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