MACLAREN CLAN
macclarence sept of  maclaren clan

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

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

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

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MACLAREN CLAN History
MACLAREN CLAN

 

Clan Chief:           Donald MacLaren of MacLaren and Achleskine. 

Origin of Name:   Gaelic, Mac Labhrainn (Son of Laurence)

Gaelic Name:       Mac Labhrainn

Clan Crest:           A crowned lion’s head, between two branches of laurel.

Clan Motto:        Creag-an-Tuirc (The boar's rock)

Lands:                   Perthshire

 

The Kingdom of the Scots was established by Erc who landed in Argyll in 503A.D. and it is from his son and successor, Loarn, that the Mclarens, like their kinsmen the Earls of Strathearn, are descended. The homeland of the Clan is centred in the picturesque village of Balquhidder on the banks of loch Voil, to the east of Loch Lomond. That the Mclarens were regarded as a very warlike clan was understandable. Their lands surrounded by the avaricious Campbells and the wild and lawless MacGregors, the Mclarens had to be warriors in order to survive and hold their lands.

In one incident in 1558, the MacGregors of Glendochart surprised the Clan and massacred 18 Mclaren households at Balquhidder. The constant defence of their lands developed a military nature and by the 15th century many Clansmen became soldiers of fortune in the armies of European monarchs. In the 17th century, many Mclarens joined the army of the King of Sweden and helped him in his great successes against the Germans and Austrians. For their services on the battlefields, a number of the Clan were granted lands in Sweden and ennobled there. Colonel 'Johan Laurin' (the Swedish spelling), became Provost of East Gotland in Sweden and was created Baron Lagergren and died in 1673. Another 'John Lauren' became a Swedish baron in 1678 and 'Magnus Laurin' became Count Lagerstrome in 1691.



The Clan also took part in the wars of Scotland in support of the Stuart Kings and in the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745, suffering badly in the Battle of Culloden. After this battle their leader, Donald of Invernenty was captured but made a dramatic escape before reaching England. Sir Walter Scott wrote of this incident in his novel 'Redgauntlet' Not all of the Clan's achievements were in the military field.
The remarkable Colin MacLaurin, who was born in 1698, entered Glasgow University when he was 12 years old and became Professor of Mathematics at Marischal College aged 19 and when 27 years old became Professor of Mathematics at Edinburgh University. The Clan has also produced Members of Parliament and Judges and at least one British Baron. A group of MacLaurins (another spelling of the name) who emigrated to North Carolina in 1789 founded the town of Laurinburg.
Donald MacLaren of MacLaren and Achleskine is the current Clan Chief. 

The MacLaren Clan Crest is a crowned lion’s head between two branches of laurel from a wreath at either side and the proud MacLaren motto and rallying cry is "Creag-an-Tuirc" which means 'The Boars Rock', a prominent landmark of their homelands.

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


Septs/Spelling Variations of MACLAREN CLAN
FAED of MACLAREN CLAN    LARNACH of MACLAREN CLAN    LAURENCE of MACLAREN CLAN    LAURENSON of MACLAREN CLAN    LAURIE of MACLAREN CLAN    LAW (RENCE) of MACLAREN CLAN    LAWRIE of MACLAREN CLAN    LOW (E) of MACLAREN CLAN    LOWSON of MACLAREN CLAN    MACCLARENCE of MACLAREN CLAN    MACFADE of MACLAREN CLAN    MACFAIT of MACLAREN CLAN    MACFATER of MACLAREN CLAN    MACFEAD of MACLAREN CLAN    MACFEAT of MACLAREN CLAN    MACGRORY of MACLAREN CLAN    MACLAURIN of MACLAREN CLAN    MACPETRIE of MACLAREN CLAN    MACPHAIT of MACLAREN CLAN    MACPHATER of MACLAREN CLAN    PETERKIN of MACLAREN CLAN    MCPHATER of MACLAREN CLAN    MCPHAIT of MACLAREN CLAN    MCPETRIE of MACLAREN CLAN    MCLAURIN of MACLAREN CLAN    MCLAREN of MACLAREN CLAN    MCGRORY of MACLAREN CLAN    MCFEAT of MACLAREN CLAN    MCFEAD of MACLAREN CLAN    MCFATER of MACLAREN CLAN    MCFAIT of MACLAREN CLAN    MCFADE of MACLAREN CLAN    MCCLARENCE of MACLAREN CLAN