MacLaughlan / MacLachlan
Gaelic Name: MacLachlainn
Motto: Fortis Et Fidus (Brave and faithful)
Badge: Mountain ash
Lands: Argyll, Lochaber, Perthshire, and Stirlingshire
Origin of Name: Gaelic, ‘Son of Lachlan’
Of ancient origin, the MacLachlan clan is descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, High King in Ireland in 400 A.D. Lochlainn was the name of the senior branch of the descendants of Niall, and by the thirteenth century the name appears in Scotland when Lachlan Mor of this family lived on the shores of Loch Fyne. Lachlan gave his name not only to the clan, but also to Lachlan Water, Lachlan Bay, the village of Strathlachlan and Castle Lachlan. The MacLachlans also ensured their position as a powerful force in Scotland by allying themselves to the powerful Campbell clan. The MacLachlan clansmen were renowned for their loyalty to the Stewarts, and the MacLachlan chief was present when James VIII, the ‘Old Pretender’ raised his standard in Scotland in 1715.