Clan Tartans

Descent is claimed from the Royal House of Moray through the line of Morgund of Pluscarden. The clansmen were removed to Ross in 1160 by Malcolm IV and dispersed to Sutherland, where they at one time owned lands from 'Drimholisten to Kylescue'. Eddrachillis in Sutherland was held by Mackays from 1515 to 1757. They owned Scourie, and Mackays inhabited Strathnaver until the lands were sold to the Sutherlands in the 17th century. A Mackay Society was formed in Glasgow in the early 19th century.

The family were well entrenched in Argyllshire from the 13th century onwards, but many members moved away overseas or down the west coast to Glasgow. There are families of Mackellars settled in and around Christchurch in New Zealand and worldwide.

Clan Mackenzie territory was probably much of mid-Ross and around Muir of Ord, but in the 12th century they were removed to Wester Ross (Kintail) by William the Lion. They were joined by The MacRaes, who became their Chiefs bodyguard, and the MacLennans, who became their hereditary standard bearers.

The Clan Country of the Mackinlays was the Lennox district. The Mackinlays of Lennoox descended from Findlay, a son of Buchanan of Drumikill. Like other Lennox clans, many Mackinlays were also connected with Clan Farquharson, descendants of Farquharson of braemar in the 16th century.

A branch of Clan Alpin from Fingon, great grandson of King Kenneth MacAlpine. The Mackinnons were vassals of the Lords of the Isles and were, at times,'Masters of the Household' and 'Marshals of the Army' for them.

The name of Mackintosh means 'son of theThane'. traditionally the founder is said to have been a son of MacDuff, ancestor of the Earls of Fife. The Mackintoshes were later connected with the Chiefship of Clan Chattan when Angus, 6th Chief, married Eva heiress of Clan Chattan, in 1291.

The original seat of the Clan MacLachlan would appear to be Lochaber and through marriage they aquired lands in Cowal. Gillespie MacLachlan attended the first parliament of Robert bruce in 1309. The clan territory is now reduced to a strip on the eastern side of Loch Fyne where the ruins of Castle Lachlan, a 12th to 13thth century bhold, can be seen.

Descended from Eachin Reganach, brother of Lachlan Lubanach, who was the ancestor of the Macleans of Duart. The MacLaines were followers of the Lords of the Isles, and were granted lands on Mull. At Loch Buie is Castle Moy, now the ruined keep of what was the seat of the MacLaines of Lochbuie for over 500 years.

The native clan lands of the MacLarens are in Strathearn and Balquidder. The MacLaren Chiefs were hereditary Celtic Abbots of Achtow in Balquidder. The Clan was active in the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745, and they fought at Culloden.

This clan descends from Gilleain-na-Tuaighe otherwise Gillean of the Axe, a relative of the Kings of Dalriada, who lived in Moray in the 11th century. The clan moved westwards and became, at first, staunch supporters of the Lord of Lorn. A dispute however allied them to the Lord of the Isles and in 1294 'Gillemoir Mackilyn' was one of the chiefs who signed the Ragman Roll. The clan therefore supported bruce and fought at Bannockburn.

This clan descends from Leod, son of Olaf the Black, King of the Isle of Man. Leod had four sons: the eldest, Tormond (Norman) inherited Dunvegan and the Isle of Harris, becoming chief of these lands and adopting the title MacLeod of Dunvegan. The second son, Torquil, inherited Lewis. This branch eventually failed in the male line and is now represented by the MacLeods of Raasay.

A tribe of Moray who derived from the ancient people of Kanteai, one of the subsidiaries of the Northern Picts. They held lands at Tayside, and Malcolm Mor Macmillan was established in Knapdale with a charter from the Lord of the Isles by 1360. Most of these lands appear to have been lost by the close of the 15th century. The seat of the Chief is now at Finlayston House on the Firth of Clyde.

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