Clan MacLean

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Welcome to Clan MacLean

Clan MacLean Team
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Team Members Rory Cain, Mark Sutherland-Fisher
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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 MacLean together with members bearing the name MacLean, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan MacLean.

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 MacLean on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan MacLean.
Duart Castle, Seat of Clan McLean


Clan History

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Clan MacLean

Clan Chief: Sir Lachlan Hector Charles MacLean of Duart and Morvern BT, CVO, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute, 28th Clan Chief and 12th Baronet of Morvern. Succeeded his father in 1990.

Crest: A tower embattled Argent. (crest)

Motto: "I am redie"

Slogan: Bàs no Beatha (from Scottish Gaelic: "Death or life") and Fear eile airson Eachuinn (from Scottish Gaelic: "Another for Hector")

Region: Highlands
District: Argyleshire
Plant badge: Crowberry
Pipe music: The Macleans' Gathering, The Macleans' March, Hector MacLean's Warning, Maclean of Coll's Galley, Hector Roy Maclean's Lament, Lament for John Garve Maclean of Coll, Lament for Lachlan Mor Maclean.
Gaelic name: Mac Ghill’ean, Mic’Illeathain and Mac Gillean.

Septs: Beant, Beaton, Bethune, Beton, Bey, Black, Clanachan, Gillan, Gilland, Gillean, Gillian, Gillon, Gilsean, Gilzman, Huie, Lain, Lane, Lean, MacBeath, MacBeth, MacBey, MacBheata, MacBheath, MacCormick, MacCraken, MacFadden, MacFadyen, MacFadzean, MacFayden, MacFergan, MacFetridge, MacGillivray, MacGilvery, MacGilvra, Maclduy, MacIldowie, MacIlduff, MacIlduy, MacIlvera, MacIlvora, MacLergain, MacLergan, MacIvoray, MacPhadden, Macraing, MacRankin, MacVay, MacVeagh, MacVey, McBey, Micglvra, Paden, Padon, Paton, Patten, Patton, Peden, Ranken, Rankin, Rankine, Ranking, and their many variant spellings.

There are hundreds of variant spellings of Maclean. Here are just a few: Mcclain, MacClaine, MacClane, MacLain, MacLaine, MacLean, McClain, McClaine, McClane, Mclane, McLane, McLean, Mclene, MacClean

Badge Maclean of Duart

and Morven arms

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Refer to Chiefs of Clan MacLean to see the list for early chiefs of Clan MacLean.

Clan branches

They are one of the oldest clans in the Highlands and owned large tracts of land in Argyll as well as the Inner Hebrides. Many early MacLeans became famous for their honour, strength and courage in battle.

The legendary progenitor of the Macleans was Gilleathain na Tuaidh or Gillean of the Battle Axe, a 13 century Celtic warrior. Gillean's son Malise mac Gilleain is said to have led his followers against the Norsemen at the Battle of Largs in 1263 during the Scottish-Norwegian War where the Scottish were victorious. Gillean's great-great-grandson settled in Mull and by 1390, Donald, Lord of the Isles gave land to his two brothers-in-law, thus starting the two main branches of the clan: Maclean of Duart and Maclaine of Lochbuie (both on the island of Mull where the name is still frequently found).[1]

As the Clan grew divisions were formed and independance followed. From the house of Duart and Morvern succeeded the house of Lochbuie, with its branches of Scallasdale, and Uisken and Urquhart, which is again divided into branches: Dochgarroch, Kingerloch, and Knock. Also from Duart comes the house of Ardgour with it's cadets of Borreray, Treshnish, Inverscadale, and Blaaich. A third division of Duart was the house of Lehir and its branches of Ross and Shuna. The fourth house is that of Coll, with its branches of Arnabost, Crossapol, Achnasaul, Grishipol, Muck, Drimnacross, Totaranald, and Gallanach. Next is the house of Morvern, with its cadets of Kinlochaline, Drimnin, Calgary, Grulin and Pennycross. Finally the houses of Torloisk, Sweden and Brolas.

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Would anyone happen to be familiar with the MacLeans of Ross? They are descendants of Lachlan Odhar MacLean of Airdchraoishnish and include the MacLeans of Monachuich and Bunessan. Lachlan Odhar is a descendant of Neil of Lehir.
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