Clan MacCulloch

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Welcome to Clan MacCulloch

Clan MacCulloch Team
Team Leader
Team MembersRory Cain
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Motto: Vi Et Animo - By strength and courage.
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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 MacCulloch together with members bearing the name MacCulloch, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan MacCulloch.

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 MacCulloch on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan MacCulloch.


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Clan MacCulloch

Clan MacCulloch (McCulloch alternative spelling) may not have originated from a single person. Certainly the first of that name recorded on record is a family of MacCulloch (Thomas, Michael and William0 who swore fealty to Edward I of England in 1296. His line held the lands of Torhouse, Myreton and Ardwell in Galloway before that date and likely around the time of the fall of the ancient Kingdom of Galloway. This line held those lands until 1682 when a Sir Godfrey Macculloch sold the estates. He, following a fatal fight over some cattle with a Gordon neighbour, fled the country for a time, but returned, only to be imprisoned and executed in 1697.

A family, likely of different origin, were established in Easter Ross by the 15th century, where they are first noted as followers of the Earl of Ross, and sometimes appear as a Sept of that Clan. The time of their arrival is unknown and may have coincided with the MacDonald invasions and on whose forfeiture, in 1493, the family appear to have aligned with the Munros. This family had tenure of lands near Tain, of which town they held an almost hereditary post of Provost. Their principal designation is mentioned as 'of Plaidis' was held until John Macculloch, Provost of Tain, acquired the lands of Kindeace from Munro of Culnald in 1612, after which the family became known as 'of Kindeace'. Other lands held by the Maccullochs in Easter Ross, at various times, included Piltoun, Mulderg and Easter Drumm, the latter coming into their possession in 1649.

A third family of Maccullochs, possibly the earliest, inhabited lands in the vicinity of Oban, and the island of Kerrara, on the West coast of Argyll, where Macculloch of Colgin was recognised as chief of his line who were said to be descended from a race of MacLulichs who had inhabited Benderloch under the patronage of the Macdougals. Collins Scottish Clan Encyclopedia states that the MacCullochs of Oban were descendants of the MacDougalls themselves.

The line of Galloway was identified as the Chief's line and the last chief was MacCulloch of Myreton. The clan has no distinct tartan and those looking for an appropriate tartan may choose from the following: MacDougall, Ross, Munro or the District of Galloway tartans depending on the family genealogy.


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