Scottish heritage

There’s a new section on the Clan Matheson New Zealand website about Scottish heritage.

As you dig into your Matheson heritage and family stories, you’ll end up in Scotland sooner or later. Here we are publishing items about the land our ancestors came from.

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Scottish heritage

Anyone finding out more about their Matheson heritage will, sooner or later, discover their Scottish roots.  Scotland is a nation with its own culture, languages and history, and learning more about Scottish heritage is a fascinating part of discovering your Matheson heritage.

In this part of the website you can find out more about Scottish heritage.  We will be adding content, and if you have any suggestions for other material please let us know at


A Celtic language that was once spoken across most of Scotland, and came to New Zealand with early Scottish settlers.  There are three articles about what Gaelic is, where it has spread in the world and how to learn it.


More is coming on the place of tartans in Scottish culture and history.  In the meantime, here is an article about kirkin’ o’ the tartan.


Eilean Donan castle has a special place in Matheson history.