The Chief of Clan Bailey, Douglas Buchanan Bailey, pictured here with his lovely wife Lisa Bailey, was elected as Chief of the Clan in 2004 by the Ad hoc Derbfine and acclaimed as the hereditary clan chief. Of his many notable ancestors, Douglas Bailey is also a 28th great grandson of Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig "Brian Boru", High King of Ireland, King of Munster. Under Douglas Bailey's leadership, the Clan Bailey became a registered clan with the Clans of Ireland in 2020. In 2022 the Clan Bailey was recognized by the Council of Celtic Clans and Chiefs and Chief Bailey was subsequently appointed to the board chiefs.
Mackenzie Andrea Robbins-Bailey, daughter of the Chief of the Clan, is preparing to be the next in line as Chief of the Clan. One of the few female clan chieftains, she has been active in helping nurture the clan's growth, expanding the reach and influence, and assisting with bringing back Celtic clans to their former glory. By incorporating honor, leadership, and determination, Mackenzie sees great things for the Clan Bailey as the Clan expands and strives to unite all Baileys, those with Bailey ancestry, and anyone interested in Celtic culture and being part of a clan. She appreciates all of you who are dedicated to seeing the hard labors endured flourish and extends a heartfelt thank you as the Baileys continue to thrive as a community and as a whole.
The derbfine was an Irish kinship group and power structure as defined in the law tracts of the eighth century. Its principal purpose was as an institution of property inheritance, with property redistributed on the death of a member to those remaining members of the derbfine. Comprising all the patrilineal descendants over a four-generation group with a common great-grandfather, it gradually gave way to a smaller three-generation kinship group, called the gelfine.
Within a Clan, on the death of its chief/king, the surviving members of its derbfine would elect from their number a new chief and/or elect his successor, or Tánaiste (in English, his Tanist).
The Clan Bailey derbfine is comprised of a number of clan chieftains and armigers (see armigers to the right) of the clan. Chieftains are held to certain limitations, that being of the Bailey surname and variations and to those that can prove Bailey ancestry. Chieftains may wear a clan crest within a plain circlet inscribed with the clan motto or slogan, or their own crest with motto or slogan, and displayed with two silver eagle feather behind the circlet. Chieftains that are a member of the Peerage or a feudal baron are permitted to wear the appropriate crown or baronial chapeau above the circlet on their crest badge.
Clan Bailey Chieftains
Brian K Bayley
Drew Howe (of Bailey)
Timothy Jones (of Bailey)
In terms of heraldry, an armiger is someone who has registered his or her coat of arms or has inherited a coat of arms according to the Laws of Arms in the country that the arms are registered in, from an ancestor who had arms recorded in the Register of Arms of that country, or registry.
Armigers, like the clan chief and chieftains, may wear a clan crest within a plain circlet inscribed with the clan motto or slogan, or their own crest with motto or slogan, and displayed with one silver eagle feather behind the circlet. If an Armiger is a member of the Peerage or a feudal baron are permitted to wear the appropriate crown or baronial chapeau above the circlet on their crest badge.
There is a process for this within Clan Bailey. This process includes the verification of arms registered to the authority that is referenced. The chief of the clan and the council will then work on having your paperwork done and your silver badge made. The jeweler we use has made these for years and has done work for Queen Elizabeth as well, a hand-calligraphed document will be issued to the armiger. Your clan Bailey dues must be paid, and then you will be listed officially on the website.
Mr. David Bailey
Chieftain Drew Howe
Maryland the USA
Chieftain Brian K Bayley firstname.lastname@example.org
Avondale Arizona USA
Chieftain Timothy Jones
Idaho USA Regent
Chieftain Mike Bailey email@example.com
Mr. Joe Bailey
Texas USA Regent
Lady Gesa Wellensten
Pastor John Wanjala
Members of clans are considered to be relatives of their clan chief. They can be either immediate family or extended family. Clan members can also be people who only bear the clan surname or anyone who professes allegiance to both the clan and its chief.
All clan members may wear the chief's crest encircled by a strap and buckle inscribed with their chief's motto or slogan. The strap and buckle symbolizes the membership to the clan and allegiance to the clan chief.
Every state and country has Historic reenactors, Clan Bailey has several professional jousters in its Chivalric orders. They assist with raising funds and awareness. At events, both Celtic and reenacting, we encourage members who are reenactors to attend as local Clan Bailey representatives at events. To start a group to represent the Clan in your local area just submit a request.
If you haven't already, also be sure to JOIN the Clan! No need to be a "Bailey" just a desire to belong. Clan Bailey membership is great way to join in as we are dedicated to promoting your culture and heritage. Join us! Request your membership forms by contacting us and Go to donate now, membership is just $40 a year. Please write us. and ask about setting up a reenacting group recognized by the Clan and the House of Bailey!
Honoring veterans service to their home and country.
The HONOR GUARD
display an embroidered badge that can be purchased with your membership. The badge is to honor your service and Clan Bailey membership.
The Honor Guard is open to Former current Police, Fire, military, men, and women.
To purchase this badge you must be a member of Clan Bailey international. This is the same as regular membership but denotes your past honorable military service. Join us! Request your membership forms by contacting us and go to donate now.
Membership is just $40 a year. Remember to ask about The Honor Guard.
History of the Irish clan system.
Welcome to the clan Bailey!
WE can save one by your Clan Bailey membership, thus regaining a new seat for the House of Bailey in Ireland These are falling apart and disappearing in Ireland. We need to save our history and culture.
Clan Bailey's early history of motte-and-bailey fort/ castle, as well as ring forts!
These are disappearing each year.
In this the second lecture of the Clans of Ireland Cultural Summit 2021, Michael O'Crowley explores the long history of the use of heraldry among Irish Clans and examines the laws governing the design and use of Coats of Arms.