Welcome to the new Merrilees Family Association website

This website is full of information about Merrilees around the world.
Including history, genealogy, significant places, clan contacts, and both international & local gatherings.


May 2013 - Meet our new Clan Chief, Bob Merrilees

Bob Merrilees was initiated as Clan Chief at the 4th International Gathering in May 2013. Bob has taken over the reigns from Mike Mirrilees, who has retired as Clan Chief after founding MFA in 1995.

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Latest International Gathering - May 2013

The 4th international gathering was a beautiful Alaskan cruise, attended by 50 MFA members from around the world. Glacier Bay was a highlight for most who attended.

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Places of Interest ...


Merrylees Cottages - Scotland

This row of stone cottages is all that remains of the 12th century West Lothian estate of Henri de Merleis, as recorded in the Staffordshire Pipe Scrolls in 1170. They are situated between Linlithgow and Edinburgh on the corner of the A904 Bo'ness - Queensferry Road and the B9109 leading to Blackness and overlook rolling green fields stretching down to the Firth of Forth. The original name of the estate Myrge Laese - meaning 'pleasant pasture' in the Old English of the day - was a very apt description.

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Stanley Park's Merilees Trail - Canada

Western Canada Chieftain, Bill Merilees, says one of Vancouver's best known land marks, has a "Merilees Trail" named after his uncle, Harold Merilees, who was a dedicated and active participant in community affairs earning him the unofficial title "Mr. Vancouver".

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Coming Features (as at Jan 2014)

MFA Exchange-Hospitality Programme

The programme is to allow fellow MFA members to come and stay with you. Opening your home to other MFA members as hosts (hospitality) or simultaneous/non-simultaneous house exchanges. Allowing MFA members to see more of the world and to meet/communicate other MFA members.

A great way for our younger MFA members to see the world and meet MFA family.

More details are to follow in the coming months.

Gallery photos

We are looking for interesting Merrilees photos from the International Gatherings that are appropriate to put on the website.

Send via email to merrileesclan@gmail.com.
Or upload to the MFA Facebook page . There are albums already set up for each international gathering.
Please include a comment with the photo eg where, when, & who.

MFA Newsletter

A regular family newsletter that can be distributed via email, loaded on the website, and linked from Merrilees Family Association facebook page.

If you want to join the distribution list please contact us with your email address, name, city & country.

If you have an idea or information for an article please contact us too.