Clan Maclean Association Western Australia Inc.



The Clan name, Mac’lean, means “son of Gillean” and it takes this from a 13th century warrior, Gillean-na-tuaidh (Gillean of the Battleaxe) born about the year 1210.

The axe which rendered him famous is represented in the badges or crests of most Maclean branches. His descendants, two brothers, were Lachlan Lubanach - progenitor of the Macleans of Duart and Eachann- Reaganach - progenitor of the Maclaines of Lochbuie.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Macleans were one of the most important clans in the Western Isles having acquired extensive possessions in Mull, Tiree, Coll, Islay, Jura, Scarba, and Morvern. They were divided at that time into four Branch Clans where Chieftains held great estates under direct charter from the Lords of the Isles. These charters were confirmed and continued by the Crown.

The four Branch Clans were:

Maclean of Duart - descended from Lachlan Lubanach.
Ardgour - Cadets of Duart.
Coll - Cadets of Duart.
Lochbuie - descended from Eachann Reaganach.

Duart Castle

Duart Castle became the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Maclean. It was forfeited to the Campbells in 1691 and became a ruin. In 1911, Sir Fitzroy Donald Maclean, 26th Chief and 10th Baronet, purchased Duart Castle and portion of the peninsula on which it stands. He restored the castle for the Clan and made it his home. His great grandson is today's Chief, the 28th Hereditary High Chief of Clan Maclean, a line that runs uninterrupted from the late 12th century.


CLAN MOTTO - Virtue Mine Honour.

Clan Maclean BadgeMaclean Chief Badge
Clansman's Badge
Chief's Crest

far right:
Clan Maclean Badge

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Maclean Hunting TartanMaclean Tartan

   Maclean Hunting Tartan                                    Maclean Duart Tartan

Of all the tartans used today, our hunting Maclean tartan has a reasonable claim to be called the oldest authenticated tartan. The colours are mentioned in a 16th century charter of the young Laird of Maclean, concerned with the lands of Nerrabolsadh in Islay. They are described in the old Gaelic song:

Bhu mhianleam am breacan tlath
Breacan uain' His dubh 'us geal;
Datha sar Mhich- Ghillian am
flath-Sud an laoch a fhuair mo ghaol.

Dear to me is the tartan plaid,
The plaid of green and black and white;
The colours of the lordly Maclean,
The hero of my love.

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