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Gaelic Name: Mac Mhaol Chaluim

Motto: In Ardua Tendit (He aims at difficult things)

Badge: Montain ash

Lands: Argyll, Fife, Lochore, and Dumfriesshire

Origin of Name: Gaelic, MacColuimb (Devotee of St. Columba)

The name Malcolm derives from the gaelic ‘Maol’, meaning ‘shaven-head’, and was used generally as a term for a monk. Thus ‘Maol Chalum’ can be translated as ‘monk’ or ‘disciple of Columba’. The connection between the names Malcolm and MacCallum is shrouded in mystery although they are sometimes shown as alternative names for the same clan. However, no definite link has been shown between the two – the name of Colm was common in many areas of Celtic settlement; the name Malcolm appears as a distinct surname in parts of Dunbartonshire and Stirlingshire in the fourteenth century; while the MacCallum family were known to possess lands in Lorne in Argyllshire.


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