Clan Maclean Pacific Northwest

CREST: A tower embattled

MOTTO: Virtue Mine Honour, Virtue is my honor, or Virtue is my distinction

Avoy, Bay, Bea, Beath, Beatie, Beaton, Beattie, Beatty, Beeton, Bheath, Bheatha, Bheaton, Bethune, Betun, Bey, Black, Clanachan, Claneachainn, Clanichan, Cormack, Cormic, Cormick, de Bethune, Dewart, Douie, Doward, Dowart, Dowie, Dowey, Dowy, Duart Duie, Eachainn, Echan, Eichan, Evoy, Fadyen, Garbhe, Garvie, Garvey, Gilhon, Gillan, Gilland, Gillean, Gillivray, Gillon, Huey, Huie, Jarvie, Lain, Laine, Lane, Layne, Leach, Lean, Leatch, Lech, Leche, Leiche, Leitch, Leytch, Litch, MacAvey, McAvey, MacAvoy, McAvoy, Macavy, MacBay, MacBeath, MacBeatha, MacBea, McBea, MacBee, McBee, MacBeth, MacBheath, MacBheatha, MacCormack, McCormack, MacCormaig, MacCormaich, MacCormick, McCormick, MacClanachan, MacCracken, McCracken, MacCraken, McCraken, MacEachan, MacEachain, MacEvoy, Macevy, McEvoy, MacFadden, MacFaden, MacFadgen, MacFadyen, MacFadzean, MacFayden, MacFergain, MacFergan, MacFethridge, MacFetridge, MacGarvie, MacGarvey, MacGeachan, MacGillean, MacGillivray, Macgilvra, McGilvray, MacGuire, Maguire, MacGwyer, MacHarvey, Maciduy, Macildowie, Macildue, Macilduff, Macileich, Macilergan, Macilhuie, Macilvra, Macilvera, Macilvora, MacLergain, MacLegran, MacPeadrus, MacPhadden, MacPhaiden, MacPhetridge, MacQuire, MacRankin, MacRaing, MacSpadden, McSpadden, MacSpedden, McSpedden, MacVay, McVay, MacVeagh, McVeagh, MacVeigh, McVeigh, MacVey, McVey, MacVoy, McVoy, Maguire, Niger, Paden, Padon, Paton, Patten, Peden, Raing, Rankan, Rankin, Rankine, Ranking, Vay, Vey

A Short History:
MacDonald, Lord of the Isles, made his son-in-law, Lachlan MacGilli eoin, chamberlain of the household (the most powerful position in the feudal hierarchy) and in July 1390 granted him the castle of Duart and various other lands. At the same time, Hector was granted four merks of land, which apparently must have included Lochbuie where he promptly built a fortified keep. This, then, is how the kindred (clan) of MacGillieoin - now referred to as MacGillean - came to be settled on Mull and holding large tracts of land. As a result of this dynastic marrying one thing becomes clear - Lachlan had established himself as the most powerful of the MacGillean kindred: he held Duart which was the most powerful castle on Mull, he was the son-in-law of his feudal overlord, and he had earned his nick name of Lachlan Lubanach or Lachlan the crafty. The supremacy of Lachlan resulted in him being appointed as chief of the MacGillean kindred. At all times since then the clan has recognised the Duart family as the Chiefly family and at no time did the descendants of Hector of Lochbuie do other than recognise, accept and support this situation. Legally and structurally (in clan terms) there is only one clan Maclean and all are descendants of Gillean of the Battle Axe. It is irrelevant how the name is spelt and indeed there was no regularisation of the spelling of the name until the late 1700's and it was some time later that each family "fixed" the spelling of their particular line, thus Maclean and Maclaine are the same clan. Indeed, the Lochbuie family did not start spelling their name "Maclaine" until 1745 following the failed Jacobite rebellion. There is a strong likelihood that this was to differentiate the Lochbuie family (who did not come "out" for the Jacobites) from the Duart line (who were "out") in this way Lochbuie may have been able to defend the clan lands from the Campbells and thus ensure the survival of the clan

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