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Mcbean Coat of Arms / Mcbean Family Crest

Mcbean Coat of Arms / Mcbean Family Crest

The Clan McBEAN is of ancient origin and is claimed by some authorities to have sprung from the ancient House of Moray. The name appears in different forms, as MacBan, MacBain and McVean. An early Scottish King was known as Donald Ban. Originally they are said to have come from Lochaber in the suite of the heiress of Clan Chattan and settled in Inverness-shire. Myles MacBean was a strong supporter of Mackintosh against the Red Comynn, and fell at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411, many of the family fell fighting for Mackintosh. The principle family were the MacBeans of Kinchyle, and Kynchyle signs several important Clan Chattan agreements in 1609, 1664, and 1756 The use of fixed surnames or descriptive names appears to have commenced in France about the year 1000, and such names were introduced into Scotland through the Normans a little over one hundred years later, although the custom of using them was by no means common for many years afterwards. During the reign of Malcolm Ceannmor (1057-1093) the latter directed his chief subjects, after the custom of other nations, to adopt surnames from their territorial possessions, and there created 'The first erlis that euir was in Scotland'.

Chief: MacBain of that Ilk Clan Seat: Kinchyle, Inverness-shire Tryst: Kinchyle Memorials: Dunlichity Kirk Plant Badge: Red whortleberry, Boxwood. Origin of Name: Son of Beatham

At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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