If you would be so kind as to provide me with your postal address, I would be pleased to send you in printed form a great deal of detailed historical information on our Clan. It should be understood that being Scottish and living in Scotland are two very different things, and there are today twice as many Scots living in America as in the whole of Scotland itself. One must remember that the country which we today call Scotland was named after the Scots who settled it, and that the Scots themselves were not native to that country, but came there from Ulster 1500 years ago. The current political system, including Lyon Court, which is today in power over Scotland is not itself Scottish but British, and we all know that the British Royal family is really German if you go back a few generations. This is one reason that America has 11 million people of Scottish descent, because our Scottish ancestors saw the political system in Britain as a corrupt, tyrannical form of power and saw fit to remove themselves from its influence, the same way our Scottish ancestors did some 700 years ago with the Declaration of Arbroath. The citizens of Scotland are no more Scottish than the Scots who today live in America. Scottishness is determined by ethnicity not political jurisdiction. This is why you would not consideran Indian, Paskistani, African, Arabian or any other ethnic group which happend to have citizenship in Scotland to be a Scot. By the same token, Scots who live in America are not red Indians or what we here refer to as "Native Americans", but are quite as much Scots as those who live in the auld country which occupies the northern third of Great Britain.
Although Aiken has become the standardised spelling of the Clan name in Scotland today, this was not the case two or three hundred years ago. In America the most often used form of spelling is Akins, followed by Aiken, and then Akin. The family of the Chief of the Name and Arms also has used the spelling of Akins for at least the past two hundred years, as do most persons who are members of this Clan Society, although we do have a great many who spell the name as Aiken, Aikins, Akin, Eakins, etc. When you consider the fact that most of the tartans worn by the clans today date back no more than to the first quarter of the 19th century, and that a great deal of the ceremonial trappings of clan culture evolved during the Victorian period, then there is very little about any of the Clans which is very much older than anything about ours.
I appreciate your interest in this matter, and will as I have said be pleased to send you more information by way of post upon receipt of your address, if you would care to receive the same.
Julie A. Akins