The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name MacClan is a devotion to St. John.
The surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Gille Eathain, a patronymic
name meaning "son of the servant of Saint John." The Clan
is descended from Eachan Reaganach, (brother of Lachlan the progenitor of the Macleans of Duart). These two brothers were both descended from Gilleathain na Tuaidh, known as 'Gillian of the Battleaxe', a famed warrior of the 5th century. Eachan, or Hector was given the lands of Lochbuie from John, the first Lord of the Isles, some time in the 14th century.
Early Origins of the MacClan family
The surname Mac Clan
was first found in the Western Isles where the Clan
held extensive lands on almost every island in the Western Hebrides.
Early History of the Mac Clan family
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Mac Clan Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Mac Clan
has appeared as MacLean, MacLaine, MacLane, MacLeane, MacClean, MacClain, MacClaine, MacGhille Eoin (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Mac Clan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was Hector MacLean, Lord of Dowart (c.1560-c.1630), Scottish Lord of the Clan
MacLean; Francis Cleyn (Clein, Franz Klein) (c.
1582-1658), a painter and tapestry designer; Sir John Maclean, 1st Baronet
, (1604-1666); Sir Hector Maclean, 2nd Baronet
of Morvern (c.1620-1651), the 18th Clan
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Migration of the Mac Clan family to Ireland
Some of the Mac Clan
family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Mac Clan family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence
broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Mac Clan
were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: James Elizabeth, Anne, Daniel, James, Lettice, McLean who were all on record in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767; Duncan McLean, who settled in Boston in 1766.
The MacClan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtue mine honour
Motto Translation: Virtue is my honour.