macmillan clan

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There are many spelling variations for the Clan MacMillan 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 MacMillan spelling.

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

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

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Clan Chief:             George Gordon MacMillan of MacMillan,

                          Finlaystone House, Renfrewshire Scotland.

Origin of Name:    MacGhilleMhaolain (Son of the tonsured one)

Gaelic Name:        MacGhilleMhaolain

Clan Crest:            A warrior brandishing a double-handed sword

Clan Motto:           Miseris succurrere disco (I learn to succour the unfortunate)

Lands:                    Lochaber, Argyll

The Macmillians are an ancient Clan, tracing their origins back for over a thousand years to the royal house of the Celtic prince, St Columba. This great man established his church on the Isle of Iona during the sixth century, establishing Christianity in Gaelic Scotland. The order of the Columban church allowed priests to marry, and so the MacMillans descend from the clergymen of Iona. The Clan MacMillan progenitor was Gille Chriosd, or disciple of Christ, who was a son of Cormac, the Bishop of Dunkeld. The name MacMillan comes from the Gaelic "Mac Mhaoilean" meaning "son of the tonsured one", a reference to the Celtic priestly practice of shaving the front of the head, rather than following the Roman tradition of baring a ring around the crown. The Clan moved to the banks of Loch Arkaig in Inverness-shire during the reign of David I in the 12th Century. From there the Clan MacMillan settled in Lawers in Perthshire, Knapdale in Argyllshire, and Galloway. In Knapdale there remains two enduring monumets to the Clan MacMillan. 

The first is a round tower in Castle Sween, one of the oldest castles in Scotland. This tower was built by Alexander MacMillan, husband of the MacNeil heiress to the castle, and is known as MacMillan's tower. The second monument is a Celtic cross, erected in the churchyard of Kilmory in memory of Alexander. This cross is renowned as one of the finest examples of Celtic artwork, and it depicts the Chief hunting deer for his own larder. MacMillans have been involved in many of Scotland's battles, and were never hesitant to fight for the Scottish cause. In particular, Clan MacMillan played a prominent role in the 14th Century war for Scotland's independence.

The MacMillans were steadfast supporters of the Scots king, Robert the Bruce. After Bruce had slain his greatest rival for the throne, the Red Comyn, in a church at Dumfries, the King was forced to flee from the Comyn faction's lust for revenge. Bruce rode to the Highlands, where he was sheltered by the MacMillan chief, Maolmuire, in the most regal style the chief could muster. Maolmuire ensured that his brother Gilbert, Baron of Ken, would accompany Robert the Bruceon his campaigns against Edward I, the infamous English overlord. MacMillans fought beside Bruce at the glorious Battle of Bannockb
 urn in 1314, where the Scots drove the English from their land and reestablished the independence of their nation. Over four centuries later, the members of the Clan MacMillan joined the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion under the banner of Bonnie Prince Charlie. 

While the Chief refused to support the Prince unless the House of Stewart renounced the Catholic faith, his sons raised the Clan to fight at the fateful Battle of Culloden in 1746. Here both sons laid down their lives for Charlie, and a clansman, Hugh MacMillan, guided the Prince over the hills to Loch Arkaig after his tragic defeat. In the wake of Culloden, many MacMillan Jacobites surrendered to the Duke of Cumberland on the guarantee that they would be offered protection. Instead, they were transported to the Carribean without trial, many never to see their homeland again. Despite this, MacMillans continued to prosper through the centuries and today the chief of the Clan MacMillan resides at Findlayson House in Renfrewshire.

The MacMillan Clan Crest is a warrior brandishing a double-handed sword and the proud MacMillan clan motto, “Miseris succurrere disco” meaning in Latin, (I learn to succour the unfortunate).

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