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Macdonald Coat of Arms / Macdonald Family Crest

Macdonald Coat of Arms / Macdonald Family Crest

The MacDONALD'S of Clanranald take their name from Ranald, younger son of John, Ist Lord of the Isle. In 1373 he received a grant of the North Isles and other lands, and from him are descended the families of Moidart, Morar, Knoidart and Glengarry. During the 15th century there were fierce feuds amongst the branches of Clan Donald and early in the following century Clanranald received from John of Sleat, all the latter's estates. The MacDonald's of Clanranald found an outlet for their warlike spirit by serving under the Marquess of Montrose in the 17th century. The clan was represented at Killiecrankie by 500 men under the young chief, a boy of sixteen years of age. At Sheriffmuir the chief of Clanranald was killed, and in the '45 Clanranald was very closely associated with the rising. It was on Clanranald land that Prince Charles raised his standard, and after Clanranald supporting him throughout all his campaign, it was in Clanranald territory in Benbecula and Uist that the Prince took refuge before embarking for France. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker. Notable members of the name include Flora MacDonald (1722-90) of South Uist conducted Bonnie Prince Charlie to safety on Skye (June 1746) disguised as 'Betty Burke'. Jaques MacDonald (1765-1840) was the son of a Jacobite schoolmaster and a highly distinguished soldier in the French army, in the Revolution, at Wagram and Lutzen and Bautzen, earning a peerage and the chancellorship of the Legion of Honour.

Gaelic Name: MacDhomhnuill Origin of Name: Domhnull (world ruler) Plant Badge: Heath Pipe Music: Spaidsearachd Mhic Ailein (Clanranald's March)

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