macalister clan

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There are many spelling variations for the Clan MacAlister surname. Mac and Mc are interchangeable. (Mac in Gaelic means "son of"). Included are families (known as Septs) with different surnames from the original Clan name. Throughout the centuries, surnames have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original Macalister spelling.

Those families who acquired their names through marriage or from other families combining with the clan are true Clans people.  The MacAlister Clan Crest which, all members are entitled to wear, is from the crest on the top of the Clan MacAlister Chief’s “Coat of Arms”.  The complete MacAlister Coat of Arms is displayed only by the Clan Chief and passes down directly to his eldest son. The wearing of your Clan Chief’s Crest, is a way of honoring your Chief, your Clan association and your Scottish Family Ancestry.

We make this range of Clan MacAlister Crest Jewelry and MacAlisterl Crest as your link to your Scottish bloodline.

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Clan Chief:               William St John Somerville McAlester of

                            Loup and Kennox

Origin of Name:      Son of Alexander

Gaelic Name:           MacAlasdair

Clan Crest:               A dexter hand holding a dagger

Clan Motto:              Fortiter (boldly).

Lands:                       Kintyre, Arran and Bute


In a land where only the mighty ruled, and glory stemmed from two strong hands on the handle of a claymore, there are few ancient heroes to rival the great Somerled, Lord of the Isles, from whom the Clan MacAlister are descended. Forever one of the most legendary figures in the history of Scotland, the half-Viking, half-Scottish Somerled founded a tradition of military heroism in the late 12th century which was to be passed down through the generations of MacAlisters. It was Somerled’s great-grandson, Alasdair Mor, from whom the Clan took its name, with MacAlister meaning "son of Alasdair" (the Gaelic form of Alexander). Alistair Mor possessed lands in South Knapdale in Kintyre and founded the Clan seat north of West Loch Tarbet, but while his name became bonded to Scottish history for all eternity, Alistair was slain battling the Lord of Lorne in 1299.

Clan MacAlister’s loyalty to the Crown of Scotland was a characteristic of the Clan down through the centuries. In recognition of their fealty, King James III bestowed upon the chief, Charles MacAlister, the stewartry of Kintyre in 1481. Such was the Clan MacAlister's affinity with the Crown that King James IV elected to use Tarbet Castle as a naval supply base during his arduous struggle against the powerful Lord of the Isles. As Macalisters spread through Scotland, some settled in Stirlingshire in the 14th Century, changing their Celtic name to the more familiar lowland version of Alexander. Here the branch flourished, controlling the estates of Menstrie, only a few miles from the royal Stirling Castle. As courtiers they became influential, with William Alexander of Menstrie an instrumental figure in the Scottish settlementof Nova Scotia, a province of Canada.

Clan MacAlister, under the chiefship of Alexander of the Loup, took up arms in aid of the ethroned Stewart monarchs, helping the Jacobite forces attain victory at the battle of Killiecrankie. The MacAlister troops later fought with the royalist forces against Prince William of Orange in the Battle of the Boyne. However, it was the MacAlisters’ support for the Scottish throne which ultimately ruined them. When Bonnie Prince Charlie’s 1745 Jacobite Rebellion failed with the tragic defeat at Culloden, the MacAlisters of Tarbet became bankrupt and were forced to sell their castle and ancestral lands. The Clan’s fortunes were bolstered by the 18th Century marriage of Charles, the 12th Chief of Loup, to Janet Somerville, heiress of Kennox in North Ayrshire, and in 1805, added the name and arms of Somerville to his own. The family is known as Somerville MacAlister of Loup and Kennos, where to this day is the residence of the Chiefs of Clan MacAlister.

The current chief of the clan is William St John Somerville McAlester of Loup and Kennox, and he also is a member of The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.

The Clan crest is a dexter hand holding a dagger with the proud MacAlister clan motto "Fortiter" meaning "boldly".

Our Scottish Heritage is the common bond that unites our MacAlister family name forever.