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"Of all the clans, that of the MacDonalds is by every rule of antiquity, power, and numbers fully entitled to be spoken of before any other" James Robertson - Historical Proofs respecting the Gael of Alban

The Gaelic word clann means children or descendants, and the central idea of clanship is kinship.

A clan is a family loyal to its chief. It survived longer as a basis of society in Scotland than in any other place - forever linking the clans with the highlands and islands of the north and the west of Scotland especially.

Members of a clan share a common descent, however remote, and belong to a single extended family. For clansmen, loyalty to the chief of the clan was the strongest loyalty of all.

The best way of celebrating your family links with Scotland and your kinship with Scottish forebears is through your MacDonald clan crest and tartan.

And if your surname is spelled 'McDonald' or 'Macdonald' don't doubt your heritage: they're all one and the same - just different forms of saying the name of the one clan.

You can feel proud to be part of a clan that has an ancient, noble and honorable history.

A new and exclusive statement of your MacDonald identity

A Little Piece of Scotland commissioned heraldic artist Dennis Lindsay Horton to design and execute a fresh new image of your Clan MacDonald crest and tartan.

You will be proud to display it in your home, your office, or your study.

Clan MacDonald Crest
These are its features -

• your family clan name (MACDONALD embraces other spellings including McDonald and Macdonald - remembering that Gaelic was an ancient spoken language, and all spellings of names in written English are relatively recent and often haphazard!),

• your MacDonald family motto: Per mare per terras (by sea and land),

• your MacDonald heraldic crest (On a crest coronet Or a hand in armour fessways couped at the elbow Proper, holding a cross crosslet, fitchee Gules),

• your MacDonald tartan (Clan MacDonald - the oldest recorded version of the clan sett) exactly as woven.

Your MacDonald clan crest is available now in an exclusive limited edition.

Only 950 have been produced, signed, and hand-numbered by the artist and are destined to be keenly sought by the many members of the worldwide family of Clan MacDonald.

This offer is exclusive to Australia's A Little Piece of Scotland.

A MacDonald Highland Warrior

And, as a companion piece, your order will automatically include the full-colour portrait of a MacDonald Highlander, reproduced exclusively for A Little Piece of Scotland from the original artwork published in 1845 by Robert Ronald McIan

The young warrior is portrayed reflecting solemnly upon the tragic events of February 1692 - the Massacre of Glencoe.

Long remembered are the orders to the Earl of Argyle's Regiment which read -

"You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels the MacDonalds of Glencoe and put all to the sword under seventy... See that this be put in execution without fear or favour..."

About Clan MacDonald - the most powerful.

The Clan Donald, the largest and the most powerful clan in the Highlands of Scotland, claims descent from Donald of Islay, grandson of Somerled, Lord of the Isles who was assassinated at Renfrew in 1164 at the instigation of Malcolm IV, King of Scots.

From Donald, the Clan Donald chiefs took their patronymic MacDhomhnaill, the Son of Donald, from which the modern clan surname MacDonald is derived.

Donald's grandson, Angus Og, supported Robert I (the Bruce) in the successful pursuit of Scotland's independence from Edward II of England, and played an important part at the Battle of Bannockburn (1314) when Bruce said to him "My hope is constant in thee".

At one time Clan MacDonald controlled a huge area of western Scotland and the Isles where for generations the MacDonald chiefs ruled liked kings. The MacDonalds, therefore, posed a considerable potential threat to the kings of Scotland, and often played a key part in anti-government conspiracies and rebellions.

Clan MacDonald Warrior

They claimed independence from the rule of the Scottish monarchy, by virtue of their origins as Lords of the Isles. Their chiefs were bold forceful leaders, often with a strong sense of justice and concern for the welfare of their folk.

About the artists - two of the best!

Robert Ronald McIan (1803 - 1856), born in Scotland, began his working life as a professional actor, playing in Sir Walter Scott's Rob Roy before he was 18.

McIan gave up the stage for painting - choosing subjects with such titles as The Battle of Culloden, A Highland Fued, The Jacobite Hiding Place, and The Highland Whisky Still. In 1845 McIan collaborated with James Logan to produce the illustrated Clans of the Scottish Highlands, now extremely rare, from which the MacDonald portrait is faithfully reproduced.

Your MacDonald warrior is armed with a basket-hilted broadsword and wears in his bonnet a heather plant-badge and the white cockade of a Jacobite supporter.

Your McIan print is distinguished and authenticated by the impressed seal of the MacDonald clan crest.

Dennis Lindsay Horton (1951-) is the third generation of his family trained and skilled in the art of heraldic representation. His Scottish/Irish ancestors migrated to Australia in 1820. Dennis is a piper and former soldier in the Australian Army.

Why have and display your own MacDonald clan crest and tartan?

In his 1929 book In Search of Scotland, the noted travel writer H. V. Morton wrote -

"The Highlander is a vocal patriot and in this he is assisted by his sense of poetry. Mountain burns and the sound of old battles are always in his soul... the Highlander is a born aristocrat. The enormous gulf between baron and serf which existed in England for centuries was unknown in the Highlands, where the clansman bore the name of his chief.

The Highlander goes through life with a fine superiority complex: his name is itself a crest for all men to see... Even the death of the clan system against the bayonets at Culloden became a noble and heroic thing. The clans were dead. Long live the clans!"


If you place your order right now you will receive a free gift of a 34 page booklet Clan MacDonald - Your Clan Heritage that includes -

• the story of Clan MacDonald clan in each of its branches,

• clan maps of Scotland,

• a list of MacDonald Associated Names (Alexander, Allan, Beaton, Connell, Henderson...),

• short biographies about some MacDonald clan notables.


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