Clan Logan

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Welcome to Clan Logan

Clan Logan Team
Team Leader TBA
Team MembersJ Salsbery
Clan Chief: Clan Logan has no chief, and is an Armigerous clan. An Active search is in progress for a male heir.
Motto: Hoc marjorum virtus (Latin: This is the valour of my ancestors) Slogan: Druim-nan-Deaur (Gaelic: The Ridge of Tears)
Slogan/War Cry: In the north, Druim-an-deur; in the south, Lesteric lowe!
Historic Seat: Druimanairig in Wester Ross
Plant Badge: Conasg (ulex Europaeus) whin or furze
Pipe music:
Gaelic name: lagan

Clan Team

Team Goals

The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Logan together with members bearing the name Logan and the related families.

Team To Do List

This list will be developed by the Team. If you are working on a specific task, please list it here:

  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name Logan on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan Logan.


Clan History

The early Lowland Logans originated from Galloway. It is documented that two of them were killed in Spain in 1329 on their way to the Holy Land with the heart of King Robert I (the Bruce). Sir Robert Logan of Restalrig (d. 1606) had his bones exhumed and paraded in Parliament so that he could personally be convicted of treason.

The Highland Logans claim descent from the Logans of Drumderfit in Easter Ross. See also MacLennan, with whom the Highlander Logans are closely linked.

The original seat of the Logans in the north seems to have been Druimanairig in Wester Ross. Early in the fourteenth century, however, the original line of the chiefs ended in an heiress, Colan Logan, who married Eachan Beirach, a son of the Baron of Kintail, and carried the estates into his possession. Eachan took his wife’s name, and, dying at Eddyrachillis about the year 1350, left a son, Eanruig, from whom descended the Sliochd Harich, who continued the race in the island of Harris.

But the chiefship could not pass through a female, and the new head of the clan, having moved into Easter Ross, settled at Druim-na-clavan, already mentioned, in the Black Isle. This chief, known as Gilliegorm, the "Blue Lad," from his dark complexion, was a famous fighting man. He married a relative of Hugh Fraser, who at that time had attained a footing in the Aird, and became ancestor of the Lords Lovat. Between the two a dispute arose, which Gilliegorm prepared to settle by force of arms. Fraser, however, obtained the help of twenty-four gentlemen of his name from the south, and with a force, including the MacRaes in the district of Aird, and others, marched to the attack. The two parties met on the Muir above Kessock ferry, and there, in a bloody battle, Gilliegorm and most of his men were slain.

It was as a result of this battle that the name of Druim-na-clavan, the seat of the chief, was changed to Druim-an-deur, the Druimdeurfait of the present day.

Among the plunder of Logan’s lands which Fraser carried off was the wife of Gilliegorm himself. She was about to become a mother, and it was determined that if the child proved a male it should be maimed or destroyed, to prevent it revenging its father’s death. The child, which proved a boy, was, either by accident or intention, a humpback, and from the fact received the name of "Crotach." He was educated by the monks of Beauly, became a priest, and travelling through the Highlands, founded the churches of Kilmore in Skye and Kilichrinan in Glenelg. Following the old fashion of the Culdee clergy he married, and among several children, left one known as Gillie Fhinan, the servant of St. Finan, whose descendants are the MacGhillie Fhinans, Mac-’ illie ‘-inans, or MacLennans of the present day.

The last Chief of the Clan was Hugh Logan who died in 1802 without a male heir, leaving the Logan estate to his sister. Clan Logan Society International has hired a professional genealogist who is actively searching for a male heir who could be approved by the Lord Lyon King of Arms.

Clan Branches

Other Names Associated with the Clan

Logan, Logyn, Lopan, Loghane, Logane, Loggan, Loghyn, Lowgane, Lagan, Laggan

Allied Clans

Clan MacLennan is a variant of the Highland Logan clan.

Rival Clans

Clan Research and Free Space Pages

Source Material

Image Credits and Acknowledgements

Information below this line should be reviewed and integrated into the Team page.

Two distinct branches of this Family exist, one Highland and the other in Lowland which descends from Sir Robert Logan of Restalrig who married a daughter of Robert II and, in 1400, became Admiral of Scotland. The clan does not have a Chief recognised by Lord Lyon King of Arms, and therefore can be considered an armigerous clan. Today, it is thought by some that Clan MacLennan is a variant of the Highland Logan Clan.

The surname Logan is a territorial name, likely derived from the lands of Logan in present Ayrshire, Scotland. The earliest record of the surname is of Robert Logan who is recorded as witnessing the resignation of the lands of Ingilbristoun in 1204. The name is variously recorded throughout the 13th century. Several Logans are recorded as paying homage to Edward I of England within the Ragman Rolls of 1296. These are Phelippe de Logyn (burgess from Montrose), Thurbrandus de Logyn (from Dumfrieshire), Andreu de Logan (from Wigtonshire), and Wautier Logan (from Lanarkshire). The seal of Wautier Logan (SIGILLVM WALTERI LOGAN) is blazoned a stag's head cabossed, between the antlers, a shield with three piles.

Walter Logan, lord of Hartside was a sheriff of Lanark in 1301, and in 1298 had received a grant of the lands of "Lus" from Robert Bruce. This Walter Logan appears twice on a roll of landowners forfeited in 1306 by Edward I, for supporting Robert the Bruce. The first instance of Logan has John Cromwell as the petitioner for Logan's forfeited lands, while the second instance of Walter Logan has William Mulcaster and John Bisset petitioning for his lands.

Crest: A passion nail piercing a human heart, Proper;
Motto: HOC MAJORUM VIRTUS, (Latin:"this is valour of my ancestors")
Slogan: Druim-nan-deur (translation from Scottish Gaelic: "the ridge of tears").
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Pipe music:
Gaelic name:


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