MacFarlanes' Company is a volunteer organization that uses Living History presentations to teach people, primarily about the rich history and culture of Scotland and the Scottish diaspora in North America.  By their efforts, MacFarlanes' Company raises funds to support the outstanding stewardship and preservation work done by The National Trust for Scotland.  The Company and the NTS work together to encourage an understanding and appreciation of Scotland's unique heritage on both sides of the Atlantic.  

"We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence then, is not an Act, but a Habit."  Aristotle.

MacFarlanes' Company Living History Troupe prepares for each season with their winter and spring spent in research, documentation, and travel. The Company makes its Living History presentations in the United States, Canada, and Scotland. All money generated by the work of MacFarlanes' Company is donated directly to nonprofit organizations like the National Trust and others.  The Company has earned a reputation for the quality of its work, the authenticity of its presentations, and the amount of research that goes into its endeavors.  Most importantly, the Company is recognized for providing events with a strong historical base in a user-friendly manner.  

The National Trust for Scotland  works hard each year to showcase Scotland, the land and its people, their history and culture. MacFarlanes' Company joins with The National Trust in these efforts, and promotes them by cultural exchange programs, event presentations, and teaching.  The Trust has the responsibility to preserve and make accessible historic, cultural, and environmental sites in Scotland, large and small. MacFarlanes' Company is proud to be associated with this organization and these projects.

"My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here...My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go."  Burns.

In April the Company makes its annual trip to Scotland to make historical presentations at heritage sites under the Trust's care.  After many years of travel to Scotland for study and research, and years of presentations in North America, the Company is now regularly supporting the Trust with Living History work in Scotland. Members of MacFarlanes' Company met with Dr. Christopher Duffy, author, historian, and the world's leading expert on 18th century warfare.  Dr. Duffy, at the launch of his highly anticipated new book "The '45", said of the Company, " How grand it is that guys like this live the history" and "The work of this group serves to emphasize the importance of these events."

The Company is widely known and its programs are eagerly anticipated by people of all ages. The group's historical and clothing presentations are augmented by demonstrations, games, and other activities.  The Company is actively involved in: historic preservation, museum and historical site consultation, teaching at schools and universities, research requests, and the collection and preservation of rare/out-of-print books and newspapers. In addition to Scottish living history, members of the Company teach at historical conferences, present "Robert Burns and Friends", portray French and Indian War and War of 1812 units, make appearances and presentations about early American history, work at Scottish Games and Celtic events, and do a myriad of other activities. 


..."Because it is not for glory or riches or honours"...

Declaration of Arbroath, 1320.

MacFarlanes' Company works under the auspices of The National Trust for Scotland, the St. Andrew's Society of Detroit, Scottish Heritage USA, and the Clan MacFarlane Society International.


The mission of MacFarlanes' Company is to preserve, promote, and present the history of peoples and their cultures.  All of the Company's work supports nonprofit organizations.  We believe that by understanding the past, you can better live in the present, and better prepare for the future. The Company does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual preference, cultural experience, socio-economic status, or disability, and does not knowingly associate with organizations that do. The Company’s historical presentations may reflect the social, political, and cultural realities of the 18th century.

For information on availability of MacFarlanes' Company, or for research and historical questions, contact:
Elliot MacFarlane, FSA(Scot)

Elliot is Director of Living History for
St. Andrew's Society of Detroit and
Clan MacFarlane Society International

Elliot MacFarlane is Research Historian for the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion North America, and a member of:

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
The National Trust for Scotland
Scottish Heritage USA
The Saltire Society
The 1745 Association
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Costume Society of Scotland
Costume Society of Great Britain
Costume Society of America
Costume Society of Ontario

American Society for Eighteenth- Century Studies
Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Society

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