Welcome to Clan Bailey The Irish Clan
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Céad Mile Fáilte
A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!
Welcome to the home of Clan Bailey international (Clan Bailey Idirnáisiúnta ); officially recognized by the Clans of Ireland (Finte na hÉireann) in the year 2020.
Clan Bailey is dedicated to creating a community of people with ancestral ties to, or genealogical, cultural, or historical interests in the name of Bailey (or its many variants). Please feel free to browse our site and learn more about the Association.
Clan Bailey started as the official Bailey Family Association around 1860, but is hundreds of years older. Bailey publications became the norm with stated meetings. By the early 1900s, the Family Association was a few hundred members strong, though there was a decline during the period of the great depression through World War II.
Later, a publication on William Bailey and his descendants was published in three volumes. By 2002, the historical family association, commonly referred to as the Clan Bailey at gatherings, officially adopted the moniker of the Clan Bailey as this was most appropriate. Our Clan Chief, Douglas Buchanan Bailey, 26th of Bailey, was elected under the generally accepted conventions by an Ad Hoc Derbfine and sworn in by oath as Chief in 2003. Our tartan was registered with the tartan authority in Scotland and officially accepted on 01/07/2005.
Membership in the Clan Bailey bonds you through blood and friendship to individuals. To be Celtic, and to be part of a Clan means you were tightly woven together by one common thread, to help each other through times of famine and rejoice together in times of plenty.
The Chief of Clan Bailey and the family members are actively engaged in bringing back these ideals that were so important for the survival of our ancestors.
Today we as a whole are weathering the season that has proven to be hard for so many of us, a time when we require each other for support and help. It is a reminder that the Clan is as important today as it was at the beginning. We at Clan Bailey feel that we can make a difference in our communities as more and more people come into the Clan.
Spellings of Bailey; Bayley, Baelee, Baeleigh, Baeley, Baelie, Baelley, Baely, Bailie, Bailley, Baily, and others. Who either descend from a Bailey generations ago or, those who Identify with our Goals who are not Bailey’s All are welcome.
We believe this as strongly today as our ancestors did long ago. We leave our differences at the door and we unite as a family, friends, and supporters as a group for the betterment of the whole. We work hard to be a pan Celtic resource for our community. Join us, and become a member.
The early 17th century was a watershed in Ireland. It marked the destruction of Ireland's ancient Gaelic aristocracy following the Tudor re-conquest and cleared the way for the Plantation of Ulster. In 1607 the senior Gaelic Chiefs of Ulster (Ó Neill, Ó Donnell, and Maguire) left Ireland to recruit support in Spain but they never reached their intended destination and instead remained exiled. The English authorities in Dublin established real control over all of Ireland for the first time. They brought a centralized government to the entire island and successfully disarmed the native clans and their Chiefs. Far too many including the chiefs were forced to leave their homeland.
The Irish and more widely Celtic diaspora "the dispersion of any people from their original homeland" has had a global effect on the Bailey clan. After the Diaspora, Baileys met as a clan group or groups outside Ireland and the Celtic kingdoms. The largest and most organized Bailey group was in the American colonies, later to becoming independent of England.
Up until 1900, the name Bailey and its spelling were not standardized this is the cause of the many variants in the spelling of the name. In Ireland, the history of Dublin was as a Viking port circa 851, and had the earliest possible usage of the name Bailey in Ireland. The name Bailey is predominately found in the Irish areas of; Leinster, Munster, and especially Ulster.
The name Bailey is derivative of the position of the "Bailey". The position was that equivalent of a Count or a High Sheriff. The title Báille was originally a royal official in charge of the military defense of the Motte-and-Bailey Castles. Also, in Scotland it is a local councilor. Bailey, Baillie: an-líonmhar in Ulaidh: de bhunadh Albanach, ach I Laighin & Mumhain ba Angla-Normannaigh iad: le Bailiff, an duine I bhfeighil gheata an chaisleáin.
We hope you find this website informative. If you are a Bailey or have Bailey ancestry, or just simply interested supporting and being part of our Irish clan, no matter who you are, we welcome you.
Please take time to download a membership application and become part of the Clan Bailey. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. Thank you for your time and donations that make this possible!
We are dedicated to improving the lives of those in our community. Your contribution today helps us make a difference.
Membership to the clan helps us in maintaining not only the web site, and it also helps us in having a presence at local Celtic events. Members are all on a voluntary basis. We are always looking to find Volunteers: to staff tents, to help gain new members, give information on the family history, and our organization. Any clan is only as strong as its members. We At the Clan Bailey believe that the more diverse we are, the more we have to offer. We are looking at compiling a database for member on Bailey family history and E articles. To do this we need members to provide content and their experiences.
Join us! request your membership forms by contacting us and Go to The donate now membership is just $40 a year. .