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  • Bessie Rorieson Gunn of Stemster (c.1540 - d.)
    Morrison says she is either Bessie Gunn, or Bessie Rorison, but gives no documentation (Leonard Morrison, History of the Sinclair Family in Europe and America (1896)). Some sources give her name as Bes...
  • Ruaridh / Roderick Henderson Gunn (c.1490 - d.)
    He was chief of the Henderson Gunns. His descendants used the name Rorieson or Rorison. The traditional account of the Caithness Hendersons is that they are descended from Henry Gunn, a younger son o...
  • Henry Gunn (c.1410 - 1468)
    Henry (Eanruig) was one of the Crowners' younger sons, perhaps the youngest. According to the story, the brothers retreated from Caithness to Sutherland after they were defeated by the Keiths at the ...
  • George Gunn, Coroner of Caithness (c.1380 - 1464)
    By tradition he was 8th Chief of Clan Gunn (but actually the first), and Coroner of Caithness. By the 15th century, the chief of the Clan Gunn was George Gunn of Ulbster. He was "a great commander in C...
  • Helen Gunn of Braemore (c.1400 - d.)
    According to the legend, she was engaged to marry her cousin Alastair, when she was kidnapped by Dugald Keith of Ackergill. She killed herself rather than marry her captor.

The Clan Gunn Project

This project is for users researching the Scottish clan Gunn, its history, and descendants.

Clan Gunn

  • Current Chief: Iain Alexander Gunn of Gunn and of Banniskirk
  • Gaelic Name: Guinne
  • Crest Badge: A hand clasping a sword proper (not official)
  • Plant Badge: Juniper
  • Motto: Aut pax aut bellum (English: Either peace or war)
  • War Cry:
  • Lands: Caithness, Sutherland, and (perhaps) Orkney

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Origin of the Name

The name Gunn is derived from the Gaelic word "Guinne", which means fierce or warlike. It is not clear whether Guinne was the name of a person or a label applied to the clan.

Names Associated with Clan Gunn

  • Name Variations:
  • Septs: Henderson, Mackeamish, Robson
  • Other Names: Enrick, Eanrig, Gaunson, Ganson, Gallie, Georgeson, Inrig, Jameson, Jamieson, Jamison, Jaisson, Johnson, MacCorkill, MacCorkle, MacHamish, MacIan, MacRob, MacWilliam, Mann, Manson, Manus, Magnus, Nelson, Neilson, Robeson, Robison, Robinson, Sandison, Swanson, Will, Wilson, Williamson, Wilson.

Clan History and Origins

Traditionally, the Gunns claimed descent from Gunni, whose wife was a sister of the last Norse Jarl of Orkney. This Gunni was said to be a grandson of the famous viking, Sweyn Asleifson. However, modern research has shown that Gunni's son Snaekollr went into exile in Norway in 1231/2. He was still there in 1239, when the circumstances of his life make it very unlikely he could have returned to Scotland.

The first recorded chief of Clan Gunn was George Gunn, who was the coroner of Caithness in the 15th century. The chiefship became dormant after the death of the son of George Gunn of Rhives in 1874. In 2016 Iain Gunn of Banniskirk, previously Commander of the Clan, was recognized as chief by the Lord Lyon King of Arms.

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