Well, Allan, the Commander bit should be a piece of cake, and you have a long way to go before attaining the grand age of our last chief so you have time up your sleeve, but getting to know us all may be a little harder ?
The Court of the Lord Lyon. Historical position "Two factors have applied in the past. Firstly there has been a rule of thumb that a 20 year period should elapse between the appointment of a Commander and the meeting of the derbhfine to consider a proposal for a Chief. Secondly the traditional function of a meeting of the derbhfine is a forum to discuss what to do rather than to consider a specific proposal. Both of these factors require further consideration.
The 20 year period between the appointment of a Commander and a proposal for Chief has not always been applied in the past but has been frequently referred to in discussions with applicants. Many existing Commanders understand it to apply to them. Twenty years seems a very long time in an age of rapid communication.
Five years is probably too short to allow a Commander to establish himself, get an organisation going, make himself known to clan members worldwide and allow clan members to judge whether the Commander is the right person for the job.
But 10 years should be sufficient time for all this to happen. Twenty years seems unreasonably long."