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:-[] 3 Celts & Company • "MACLAREN"

The older form MacLaurin is nearer to the Gaelic pronunciation. Whether originally called after the martyred St. Lawrence [ of 'Holy Grail' legend ], or from Loarn, son of the Erc who founded Scottish Dalriada about 503, and namer of the district of Lorn, the clan does claim descent from three brothers from the area now Argyllshire who served with Kenneth MacAlpin in his successful campaign of 843-50 to unite the Northern Picts into Scotland. A branch remained in their first home-country and were for long in possession of Tiree, but those three brothers' awards in Balquhidder and Strathearn became the clan's main territory. Here they enter records surviving from the 13th century, and at Balquhidder lies Rob Roy MacGregor in the MacLaurin burial-ground: not the only old encroachment between these two clans. In their long record of loyalty the MacLaurins frequently followed the Appin Stewarts, with whom they had blood ties, and it was a MacLaurin who escaped Cumberland's troops by flinging himself over the Moffat 'Beef-tub.'

Septs: FAED, LARNACH, LAURENCE, LAURENSON, LAW, LAWRENCE, LAWSON, LOW, LOWE, LOWSON, MACFADE, MACCLARENCE, MACCRORIE, MACFAIT, MACFATER, MACFEAD, MACFEAT, MACGRORY, MACLAURIN, MACPATRICK, MACPETRIE, MACPHAIT, MACPHATER, MACRORIE, MACRORY, PATERSON, PATRICK, PATTERSON, PETERKIN, PETERS, PETERSON, RORIE, RORISON

"MACLAREN." Scots Kith and Kin and Illustrated Map Revised Second Edition. Edinburgh, SCOT: Clan House, c.1970. p.72. Print.

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# 31 - MacLaren - 12/06/2013 - 17:06 - - - Scotland
:-[] 3 Celts & Company • "MACLEAN"

Though the name means 'son of a devottee of St. John,' MacLeans claim as legendary ancestor a 5th-century Gillean-na Tuaidhe, i.e. Gillean of the Battle-axe. They may have been transplanted by Malcolm IV from Glen Urquart, as one of the Celtic tribes then rebelling against centralised feudalism. A century later, the 13th, we find them in Mull, strongly established as vassals of Clan Donald, and son one of the most powerful clans behind the Lords of the Isles, as at Harlaw 1411 and until these lords' suppression in 1493 and an ensuing feud with the MacDonalds that lasted till 1498. Their territory ranged from Coll and Tiree to Ardgour on the mainland, though the main families remained MacLeans of Duart (Chief) and MacLaines of Lochbuie, both in Mull. Their Chief fell protecting James IV at Flodden, and with their maxim the MacLeans must never turn backs to a foe, the clan were prominent in all Stewart causes.

Septs: BEATH, BEATON, BEY, BLACK, GILLAN, GILLAND, GILLON, GILZEAN, HUIE, LEAN, MACBAY, MACBEATH, MACBETH, MACBEY, MACBHEATH, MACCLANE, MACCLEAN, MACCORMICK, MACFADYEN, MACFADZEAN, MACFAYDEN, MACFETRIDGE, MACGILLIVRAY, MACGILVRA, MACILDOWIE, MACILDUFF, MACILDUY, MACILVORA, MACLAINE, MACLERGAN, MACPHADDEN, MACRANKIN, MACVAY, MACVEAGH, MACVEY, PADON, PATON, PATTEN, PATTON, PEDEN, RANKEN, RANKINE

"MACLEAN." Scots Kith and Kin and Illustrated Map Revised Second Edition. Edinburgh, SCOT: Clan House, c.1970. p.72,73. Print.

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# 30 - MacLean - 12/06/2013 - 13:43 - - - Scotland
:-[] 3 Celts & Company • "MACLEOD of Harris"

The MacLeod chiefs claim descent from Leod, nephew of Magnus the 13th-century last of the Norse kings of the Isle of Man; and from Leod's two sons Tormod and Torquill come respectively the Harris and Lewis branches. The bulk of the clan however remains of native Celtic stock. Tormod's grandson Malcolm was awarded a charter of Gleneig territory by David II, and by marriage acquired the clan's large foothold in Skye, with its famed fortress of Dunvegan as the Chief's seat. Harris was held by MacLeods as vassals to Clan Donald until the Lords of the Isles were forfeited. Thereafter clear of that entanglement, they aided the MacLeans against MacDonalds. At Worchester in 1651, the clan lost so many men for Charles II that the other clans agreed to exonerate them from further conflicts.

Septs: BEATON, BETHUNE, BETON, GRIMMOND, HAROLD, HARROLD, MACANDIE, MACCAIG, MACCLURE, MACCRIMMON, MACCUAIG, MACHAROLD, MACLURE, MACRAILD, MACWILLIAM, NORMAN, MORMAND, WILLIAMSON

"MACLEOD of Harris." Scots Kith and Kin and Illustrated Map Revised Second Edition. Edinburgh, SCOT: Clan House, c.1970. p.73. Print.

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# 29 - MacLeod of Harris - 12/06/2013 - 08:27 - - - Scotland

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