Don't let these people put you off. I am as Scottish as anyone else who has responded to your emails and although there is truth in what they say it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
The clans existed and exist and some people can trace their families back through the centuries.
For example the McGregor's were proscribed by the Scottish king more than four centuries ago and anyone using that name was considered an outlaw and suffer the fate of outlaws and yet people wore that name with pride and ignored the proscription which was not lifted until the end of the 18th Century.
If your ancestor was a tacksman, like Flora Macdonald's husband you family (within the clan) are easily traceable.
It is true in a sense to say that clans were only in existence 200 years ago above the Highland line but this is also a play on words. Were the great Border families and their riever followers different from the clansmen of the north? If not then the famous author Sir Walter Scottt was a clansman himself.
Please list the Scottish surnames you wish to trace and we will tell you something of who they are and how you might find out more.