MacArthur

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Gaelic Name: Artair

Motto: Fide et Opera (By fidelity and work)

Badge: Fir Club Moss, Wild Thyme, Wild Myrtle

Lands: Argyll, Cowal, Skye

Origin of Name: Son of Arthur

The legends of King Arthur are well known and historically contradictory. From the Welsh-speaking areas of Strathclyde (in which Glasgow now lies), Rheged and Gododdin (in which Edinburgh now lies), the earliest surviving Scottish poem tells of the resistance leader Arthur fighting against the English of Northumbria when they defeated Gododdin. When Scotland’s Welshspeaking Kingdoms were wiped out the language returned to Wales and Cornwall. The MacArthurs fought beside Robert the Bruce for Scotland’s independence and gained mid-Argyll lands from the King’s opposers as a reward. From here the MacArthurs prospered and spread, growing into two successful houses – the MacArthurs of Loch Awe and the MacArthur Campbells of Strachur.

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