MEMBERS of a Scottish clan which has existed for hundreds of years will reunite more than 16,000 kilometres from their ancestral home.
The McLucas family will meet at Wellington Point on Sunday, May 5 to gather, socialise and reconnect with their heritage.
It will be the 43rd annual family reunion in Queensland.
Reunion organiser Ian McLucas said people travelled from all over Queensland and interstate to attend the reunions, which were hosted by a different member of the family each year.
He said many people who attended were descended from three brothers who had come to Australia from Scotland in the mid-19th century.
"Our McLucas family is part of the Clan Lamont, a Highland Scottish clan," he said.
"The name Lamont derives from a Norse word meaning lawman.
"As was the case in Scotland over the centuries due to bitter fighting with other Clans, many of our forefathers escaped from our Clan lands to... the west coast of Scotland and eventually settled in Northern Ireland from where three McLucas brothers settled in Australia."
He said a standard reunion had 80 to 100 people attending.
"We have more than 3000 names on the family tree we've compiled," Mr McLucas said.
"At the gatherings we display our family tree sheets and add to them."
He said more names were constantly added to the registry, which also kept track of births and deaths in the family.
Prizes for the oldest and youngest guests would be awarded, as well as to those who had travelled the furthest.
Mr McLucas said all family members were welcome.
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