Clan MacKenzie Societies around the World
Everyone with the surname MacKenzie/Mackenzie/McKenzie, or any variant of it, is automatically a member of Clan MacKenzie, and anyone with an ancestor who bore that name can also be considered a member of the clan if they choose to be. Others who would like to join can apply to the Chief for special admittance to the clan - and thus become eligible for membership of one of the Clan MacKenzie Societies. All the societies are independent bodies owing allegiance directly to the Chief, whose recognition is required to be an official society.
The societies are social bodies that meet together to celebrate their members' shared Scottish and Clan heritage - particularly at Highland Games. Another reason for joining a society is to get help with tracing MacKenzie ancestors, and providing such help is one of the jobs of the Clan Seanchaidh. He offers members of the societies free advice on ancestral research, or can be commissioned to carry out research for them. Members of officially recognised Clan MacKenzie Societies will receive a 10% discount on his normal professional fees for such research.
Clan Mackenzie Society of Scotland
CMS Scotland during the International Gathering 2015.
Clan MacKenzie Society in the United States
CMS in US at the Stone Mountain Games in 2019.
The American Society was founded in 1974 and its website can be found here.
Clan MacKenzie Society of Canada
Clan MacKenzie Society of Canada in 2018.
The Canadian Society was founded in 1986 and its website can be found here.
Clan MacKenzie Society in Australia
Clan MacKenzie Society in Australia in 2019.
The Australian Society was founded in 1987 and its website can be found here.
Clan MacKenzie Society of New Zealand
CMS NZ enjoying Scottish weather at the Gathering in 2015.
The New Zealand Society was founded in 1995 and its website can be found here.
Clan MacKenzie Society of France
CMS France at Scottish Festival in Aubigny-sur-Nère in 2011.
The French Society was founded in 2002 and its website can be found here.