Definition of clansman in English:



  • A male member of a clan.

    • ‘In reality, Camerons, MacDonalds and Chattans fought Campbells, Munros and the many other clansmen that joined the ranks of the Argyll Militia.’
    • ‘But the man most likely to have managerial responsibilities is standing firm: he has said that his clansmen cannot be dismissed despite the fact that there aren't enough of them to do their work properly, efficiently, or on time.’
    • ‘Probably more significant is the fact that Brown was one of the many neutral names adopted by clansmen who wanted to be rid of their politically incorrect Gaelic patronymics.’
    • ‘The Sheikh, usually elected by the clansmen, acts as judge to the clan or family, decides on matters of war and peace, assigns duties to clansmen, and mediates during disputes between the clan and other clans.’
    • ‘Many Highland chiefs and clansmen, who did battle for the Stuart cause, paid for their loyalty with life and property.’
    • ‘At Appin, he attempted to replace his old clan rivals, the Stewarts, with his own clansmen.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Claverhouse had raised a Jacobite force of 2,000 Highland clansmen.’
    • ‘Exiled clansmen and their ladies danced the eightsome reel, the military two-step and slow Scottish waltzes to the music of a bag-piper.’
    • ‘Travellers were not welcome and foraging parties of clansmen would regularly plunge south on what Sir Walter Scott called ‘predatory excursions upon their Lowland neighbours’.’
    • ‘Acorns were traditionally used by clansmen to decorate windows and deter lightning from hitting their houses.’
    • ‘He would recruit for the French army on the side, report both politically and militarily on what was happening in Scotland, and carry messages between other exiled Appin clansmen and their families.’
    • ‘A melancholy cavalcade of clansmen subsequently set forth in wagons for London.’
    • ‘Sir Bindon Blood was a striking figure in these savage mountains and among these wild rifle-armed clansmen.’
    • ‘Last time he was Lord Mayor, Allan Watson was defiantly piped out of Melbourne Town Hall by a clansman in a kilt.’
    • ‘It's the end of a stealthy march by Lochaber clansmen through the quiet backwaters of the old district of Badenoch, a journey that took them towards the rich pastures, and rich pickings, of Morayshire.’
    • ‘Lochiel, one of the Jacobite commanders, brought his clansmen back to the field the next day to show them the product of their labours, and his men were horrified at what they had done in the heat of battle.’
    • ‘The disposal of the clan land to strangers without the consent of the clansmen is subject to the fiat that any other clan member can redeem that clan land on payment of the purchase price to the purchaser.’
    • ‘His motivation for organising an emigration to Canada was to avoid economic ruin and religious persecution, for himself and his fellow clansmen.’
    • ‘We met a group of Australians searching for the home of their MacDonald clansmen.’
    • ‘When the Scots gathered for battle, the loyal clansmen would bring a stone, which they dropped in a pile.’