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"BUCHANAN. From the district of the name in Stirlingshire. The original name of the Buchanans was MACAUSLAN, q.v. Buchanan of Auchmar (in 1723) says the original patronymic was retained by the eldest cadet when disused by the rest of the clan, but in the old genealogical tree of the Buchanans, of date 1602, the first Buchanan mentioned is "Sir Valtir vat conquest pairt of ye landis frae ye Mauslanis" (Strathendrick, p. 284). ('Conquest' is an old Scots law term meaning the acquisition of real property in other ways than by inheritance.) Dominus Absolone de Buchkan witnessed a charter by Malcolm, earl of Lennox to Sir Robert Herthford, precentor of Glasgow, a. 1224 (RMP., p. 217). Alan de Buchanan was one of the witnesses to a charter of lands of Gartechonerane to Malcolm Macedolf c. 1270 (Levenax, p. 84). Malcolm de Bougheannan who rendered homage, 1296 (Bain, n, p. 205) is probably Malcolm Macabsolon, one of the witnesses to a 0 charter by Earl Malcolm to Sir John of Luss, 1316. Walter de Buchanan had a grant of Auchmarr in 1373 (Levenax, p. 59). Maurice Buchanan, who acted as treasurer to Princess Margaret, wife of the Dauphin of France (afterwards Louis xi) is reputed to have been author of the Book of Pluscarden. George Buchanan (1506-82) was a Latin scholar of European fame, and James Buchanan (1791 11888), fifteenth president of the United States was of Scottish ancestry. Among the Pennsylvania Germans Buchanan is used as an Englishing of Buchenhain. Balquhannan 1566, Balqunannen 1553, Bochannane 1627, Boquhannan and Buchquhannan 1536, Boquhennan 1621, Boquhennane 1622, Bowhanan and Bowhannan 1562, Buchquhannane 1526, Buchquannan 1525, Buchunnuch 1662, Bucquannane 1622, Bucquhannane 1492, Buhannane 1588, Buquhannan 1512, Buquhannane 1611. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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