A Scottish Clansman

Clan Tartans

A branch of Clan Donald which traces its origin to a great-grandson of Somerled. Clan lands were in Kintyre and the seat was on the north-west side of West Loch Tarbet.

Siol Alpine is a name that appears in a number of clans with no apparent connection. Considered to be branch of the royal Clan Alpin of the Kings of Dalriada. Monaghe fiz Alpyn of the county of Perth rendered forced homage to Edward I of England in 1296. John McAlpyn, prior of the Friar Preachers at Perth and later a reformer, is better known as Machabeus. He died in Copenhagen in 1557.

One of the oldest of Argyllshire clans, claimed to be the older branch of Clan Campbell. They supported Robert bruce and granted extensive land in Argyll, including those of the MacDougalls who had opposed bruce. In the middle of the 14th century they were at the height of their power and their Chief was appointed Captain of Dunstaffnage Castle. In the 15th century, the MacArthur chief was beheaded by James IV and most of the estates forfeited.

There are two clans of this name. One was a branch of Clan Alpine, and in the 16th century entered into an agreement with the MacGregors of Glenstrae. The MacAulays of Lewis were of Norse descent and unconnected with the MacAulays of Ardencaple; they were followers of the MacLeods of Lewis. The lands of Ardencaple were retained by the MacAulays until the 12th Chief sold them to the Duke of Argyll in 1767.

The MacBeans are believed to have come from Lochaber and settled in eastern Inverness-shire. Myles MacBean supported Mackintosh against the Red Comyn. The principal family was MacBean of Kinchyle. In 1959 an American, decended from this branch, was acknowledged as Chief by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. The MacBain Memorial Park at Kinchyle on the south shore of Loch Ness, north of Dores, was created by Hughston MacBain of MacBain, acknowledge as 21st Chief.

The name means 'son of the gillie of Calum'. The MacCallums held the lands of Poltalloch. Some time before 1850 the head of the family of Poltalloch changed the name from MacCallum to Malcolm for 'aesthetic' reasons. John Wingfield Malcolm of Poltalloch was created Lord Malcolm in 1896 and died in 1902.

The MacColls are a branch of the Clan Donald and settled around Loch Fyne, joining in the feud with MacGregors. Many also settled in the area of Ballachulish in Appin and these followed the Stewart of Appin. At Kenmore on Loch Fyne there is a monument to Evan McColl (1808-98) the Gaelic poet and author of the Mountain Minstrel.

A distant sept of the MacLeods of Lewis, they held lands on the northern side of Loch Awe, which were granted to Torquil, the forebear of the family, by King Kenneth MacAlpine. They had their ancient seat at Loch tromlee, 2 miles north of Taycreggan.

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