Clan Aikenhead is a Scottish clan that is believed to have originated in the area around Aikenhead, near Glasgow. The origins of the clan are somewhat obscure, and there is little historical information available about its early history.
The Aikenhead family appears to have been prosperous merchants in Glasgow in the 16th and 17th centuries, and several members of the family held positions of prominence in the city’s government and trade guilds. However, there is little evidence to suggest that they were ever a significant military or political force in Scotland.
The Aikenheads were known for their support of the Presbyterian Church, and several members of the family were prominent in the Scottish Reformation. However, the family’s fortunes declined in the 18th century, and by the time of the Jacobite rising of 1745, there were no Aikenheads of note involved in the rebellion.
Today, there is no formal Clan Aikenhead organization, although there are a number of people with the surname Aikenhead living in Scotland and around the world who are interested in their family history and genealogy.