The Clan History
The name MacLean is rendered in gaelic "MacGille Eoin" or "son of the servant of St. John". The clan claims its descent from "Gilleathan Na Tuaidh", of the royal house of Lorn. The Duart branch of the clan claim as their progenitor Lachlan Lubanach, son of Iain Dhu MacLean of Mull, and a direct descendent of Gillean.
The MacLeans of Duart married into the family of the 1st Lord of the Isles in order to gain power and prestige, but not all of their political unions were to benefit the clan - in particular the case of Lachlan MacLean who married the daughter of the Earl of Argyll in the sixteenth century. The match was not a happy one and Lachlan took drastic action by stranding his wife on a rock and leaving her to drown. She was rescued by passing fishermen, and her kinsmen later avenged her by stabbing her husband to death.
The MacLeans were united with their Campbell in-laws in a mutual dislike of the MacDonald clan, one of the most powerful families in the Western Isles. In the sixteenth century, Lachlan Mor, chief of Duart, continually harried the MacDonalds of Islay and after his death in 1598, his sons took revenge on his suspected murderers, the MacDonalds, by carrying out a massacre of the people of Islay which lasted for three days.
The massacre of the MacDonald clansmen marked the point when the fortunes of the MacLean clan began to wane, and by the seventeenth century the Campbells had gained possession of Duart Castle and most of the MacLean estates. However, Duart castle was reclaimed by the family in 1911 and has now been restored as the family seat.
Motto: "Virtue mine honour".
Badge: A tower with battlements.
Septs of the Clan: Beath, Beaton, Black, Lean, MacBeath, MacBheath, MacBeth, Macilduy, MacLergain, MacRankin, MacVeagh, MacVey, Rankin.
Names associated with the clan: Bay Beath Beathune Beathy Beaton Beatoun Beattone Beattoun Bethon Bethune Betoin Beton Betone Betoun Betown Betowne Betton Bettune Beutan Bey Bittoune Blac Black Blacke Blackie Blaick Blaik Blaike Blaikey Blaikie Blak Blake Blayk Clanachan Clanahan Clannachan Clanochan Clean Clenachan Clenaghan Clenochan Douie Dowie Dowy Duart Gildawie Gildowie Gilduff Gillan Gillean Gilledow Gilleduff Gillegowie Gilleon Gillian Gilyean Gilzean Gilzeane Leach Lean Leatch Lech Leche Leech Leeche Leetch Leiche Leitch Leitche Leyche Liche Liech Lietch Litch MacAldowie MacAldowrie MacAldowy MacAlduie MacBa MacBae MacBaith MacBathe MacBay MacBea MacBeath MacBeatha MacBeathy MacBee MacBeith MacBeth MacBetha MacBey MacBheath MacBheatha MacBheathain MacClan MacClane MacClean MacCleane MacClen MacCraing MacElduff MacGildhui MacGilduff MacGildui MacGilevie MacGilewe MacGilladubh MacGilldowie MacGilleathain MacGillebeatha MacGilledow MacGilleduf MacGilleduibh MacGillegowie MacGilleoin MacGilleon MacGilleone MacGilleoun MacGilleoune MacGillewe MacGillewey MacGillewie MacGillewy MacGillewye MacGilliduffi MacGilliewie MacGilligowie MacGilligowy MacGilliue MacGilliwie MacGillogowy MacGillon MacGilloyne MacGilvie MacGleane MacHilliegowie MacIlday MacIldeu MacIldeus MacIldew MacIldoui MacIldowie MacIldowy MacIldue MacIlduf MacIlduff MacIlduy MacIlergan MacIlewe MacIlghuie MacIlguie MacIlguy MacIllergin MacIllewe MacIllewie MacIllhuy MacIlliduy MacIllon MacKbayth MacKcline MacKeldey MacKeldowie MacKelein MacKildaiye MacKilday MacKilleane MacKlen MacKlin MacLean MacLeand MacLeane MacLein MacLen MacLene MacLergain MacLergan MacLin MacLyn MacMalduff MacOleane MacRaing MacRankein MacRankin MacRankine MacRanking MacRankyne MacTarlach MacTarlich MacTerlach MacThearlaich MacVanish MacVay MacVeagh MacVeay MacVeigh MacVenish MacVey MacVinish Maelbeth Makclean Makcleane Makclen Makgilleoin Makgilleon Makgilleone Makgilleoun Makgillevye Makgillewe Makgillewie Malbeth Melbeth Mickellduff Padan Padon Padyne Patein Paten Paton Patone Patonson Patonsoun Patoun Patoune Patowne Patton Pattone Pattoun Pattoune Pautoun Pawton Pawtoun Pawtoune Raincin Ramkein Ranequin Rankeine Ranken Rankene Rankesoun Rankin Rankine Ranking Rankinge Rankins Rankinson Rankyn Rankyne Rankynson Renkine Renkyn Rinking MacLean Of Dochgarroch: Gellion Gillon
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