Clan MacDowell

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

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  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name MacDowell on Wikitree.
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  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan MacDowell



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Clan MacDowall

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Motto: Vincere Vel Mori (To conquer or die)
District: Galloway
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Allied clans

  • Clan Comyn
  • Clan MacDougall

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Clan castles

  • Barr Castle, Garthland, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire is the present seat of the chief of Clan Macdowall.
  • Garthland Castle was located near Garthland Mains, Stoneykirk, Rhins of Galloway, Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.[6] The castle was possibly built in 1211, as a datestone bearing that date has been discovered within the Garthland Mains estate. The castle was seat of the family of M'Dowall of Garthland.
  • Logan Castle: In 1295 the McDouall family were granted lands in the Kirkmaiden Wigtownshire area by King John Balliol son of their half-sister, Dervorgilla, and built a stronghold at Castle Balzieland, which apparently burned down in about 1500. Today only the stump of one corner of this ancient castle still stands, as a spectacular ornament in the walled garden. The family moved to another residence close by, before building the current Logan House in AD1702. In about 1800 a walled kitchen garden was built to service Logan House, incorporating the remains of Castle Balzieland. James McDouall, Laird of Logan married Agnes Buchan-Hepburn and Agnes passed on her love of gardening to her their sons, Kenneth and Douglas. In 1949, after about 700 years, the Logan estate passed out of McDouall / McDowell family han

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