Reuters has an interesting story about the decline and then later rebirth of Scottish clan associations. Today, many of the 140 officially recognized clans have morphed into massive online associations, whose ranks have been swelled by enthusiastic Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans keen to have a link to their Scottish heritage.
The article by Chloe Fussell states, "...today's [clan] chiefs see their role as educational. They also keep in touch with each other at the standing council of chiefs.
"If the chief has a role at all, it's to serve the people, especially abroad, who are interested in their forebears. A lot of my jobs are social or administrative," said George MacMillan of MacMillan and Knap, chief of the MacMillan clan.
You can read the complete article at http://in.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idINL2762174120080527.