Clan Johnston/e Association
of New Zealand
Alan Kent-Johnstone J.P. :- Patron
Les Hewett :- Clan Commissioner for New Zealand
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The Clan Johnston/e Association of New Zealand was established in 1999 with the full encouragement of the Clan Chief, The Rt. Hon. Earl of Annandale and Hartfell, who lives near Moffat, Dumfriesshire, in Scotland. The names Johnston, Johnstone, and Johnstoun are all related and all members of families related to these names or or others having any interest relating to the family of Johnston/e are eligible to join the Clan Johnston/e. The Original John had a "toun" or dwelling in the Annandale area of Scotland in the 12th Century. For centuries, the Johnston/ Johnstone Clan has been one of the most important and powerful of the Scottish border clans, with other branches of the name also situated elsewhere in Scotland and in Ireland.
The Clan Johnston/e Association of Australia was established in 1985, and is associated with the Scottish Australian Heritage Council. There are numerous Johnston's and Johnstone's in Australia, including many descended from pioneer families. Lieutenant George Johnston, the first person to step ashore when the First fleet arrived at the site of Sydney on 26th January 1788, was a clan member from Annandale in Scotland, and today many of his descendants are members of the clan.
Both Associations are in contact with the very active Clan Johnston/e's in U.S.A. , Canada and the U.K.
The Clan is non-sectarian, non- political, and non-profit. No Officer receives any remuneration. Our aim, like many other clans, is to promote and encourage Clan Johnston/e in New Zealand. We owe our very sincere thanks for the encouragement and support of the Clan High Commissioner in Australia, The Commissioners of the various States there, and their Editors and Honorary Secretary.
A very informative newsletter is published quarterly and membership is just $NZ 17.