Clan MacMillan Crest Badge T-Shirt in Black available in Men’s and Ladies variations.
Men’s – Large two color crest badge on back of shirt with small one color chest print that reads Clan MacMillan with crest.Sizes M-XXXL.
Ladies V-Neck – Large two color crest badge on front of shirt. Sizes M-XXL.
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Printed on 100% Pre Shrunk Cotton T-Shirt.
The circular belt has the Motto of the Chief of the Clan inscribed in it. Within the belt is the crest of the Clan Chief. The belt and buckle denote the clansman.
Crest: Brandished Claymore.
Motto: Misesris succerere disco (I learn to succour the unfortunate).
The Clansman’s Crest Badge is the most powerful emblem of your Clan Heritage. Displaying this badge is a symbol of your allegiance to your clan. The perfect gift for any descendant.
“Cuimhnich air na daoine o’n d’thaining thu” – Remember the men from whom you are descended.
The MacMillans are one of a number of clans – including the MacKinnons, the MacQuarries, and the MacPhees – descended from Airbertach, a Hebridean prince of the old royal house of Moray who according to one account was the great-grandson of King Macbeth. The kin of Airbertach were closely associated with the Clann Somerhairle Ri Innse Gall (“Kings of the Hebrides”), the ancestors of the MacDougalls and the MacDonald “Lords of the Isles”; and like their allies their interests in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries ranged throughout the Hebrides and the western coastal regions of the Scottish mainland, and into Ireland.
Though most of the clans certainly descended from Airbertach were associated with the Inner Hebrides (Tiree, Iona, Mull, Ulva and Colonsay) some others claiming the same descent were later settled inland along the strategic corridor that connects Lorn – the mainland region opposite those islands – to Dunkeld in Perthshire, where Airbertach’s son Cormac was the Bishop in the early twelfth century. Tradition connects the MacMillans with a number of different places in the areas associated with Airbertach’s kindred: Glencannel on Mull; Craignish in Lorn, Leny and Loch Tayside in Perthshire.
After Robert the Bruce killed John the Red Comyn in the Greyfriars Church of Dumfries he was forced to flee and hide in the Scottish Highlands. Bruce was sheltered by Maolmuire, chief of Clan MacMillan. The chief's brother, Gilbert, Baron of Ken stayed with the king and the Clan MacMillan fought at the Battle of Bannockburn. Gilbert is presumed to be the ancestor of the MacMillans of Brockloch, who were a large branch of the clan in Galloway.
Feuding with the Mackintoshes for the Captaincy of “Clan Chattan” – the devotees of St. Catan – involved the MacMillans in defeat at the Battle of the Clans at Perth in 1396; and finished with the chiefly family’s near-extermination at The Palm Sunday Massacre of 1430. A survivor of the massacre, Alexander mac Lachlan, fled to Knapdale, where some of the clan had probably been settled since the mid-13th century; and the famous cross that he later erected there may well be a memorial to the family and lands he lost in Lochaber. The MacMillans’ charter from the Lord of the Isles for their lands in Knapdale was said to have been carved in rock on the beach at the Point of Knap:
Coir MhicMhaolain air a Chnap
Fhad’s a bhuaileas tonn ri crag
MacMillan’s right to Knap shall be
As long’s this rock withstands the sea
Alexander MacMillan is also remembered in Knapdale for the tower he built at Castle Sween – often said to be the oldest stone castle in Scotland – which he held for the Lord of the Isles in the 1470s. Following the demise of the Lordship of the Isles at the beginning of the sixteenth century, Knapdale was given by the crown to the Campbells, whose tenants the MacMillans thereafter became; and it was probably at this time that a son of the last MacMhaolain Mor a Chnap who remained loyal to the Lords of the Isles fled Kilchamaig in South Knap to re-establish a branch of the family in Lochaber, who became the Macmillans of Murlagan.
The chief of the Camerons – the clan that had succeeded the orginal Clan Chattan as the lairds of Lochaber – let Murlagan and the neighbouring farms on Loch Arkaigside to the Macmillans for sword-service, and Clann ‘ic ‘illemhaoil Abrach (“Clan Macmillan of Lochaber”) were among Lochiel’s most important and loyal followers from the time of the last risings in favour of the forfeited Lords of the Isles in the middle of the sixteenth century, to the Jacobite rebellions of the eighteenth century. From Loch Arkaigside Macmillans settled further north on the mainland in Ferrintosh on the Black Isle, in Kincardine on Speyside, and particularly in Glen Urquhart where quite a large branch of the clan flourished in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Following the loss of Knapdale many MacMillans from there settled to the south in Kintyre, much of which remained MacDonald territory for a century or so before also falling to the Campbells. A branch of the clan who were minor lairds in Carradale – and from whom the sept of Brown are said to originate – moved to the nearby island of Arran; while other Knapdale and Kintyre MacMillans settled across the water on Jura, Islay and Colonsay. One of the branches of the old MacMillans of Knap, having been engaged in the cattle-droving
business, was able to purchase the lease of part of the clan’s old lordship from the Campbells; and in 1742 Duncan MacMillan of Dunmore was recognised by the Lord Lyon as “the representative of the ancient family of MacMillan of Knapdale”; i.e. as chief of the clan.
By 1742 the direct line had become extinct and the chiefship passed to MacMillan of Dunmore, whose lands were on the side of Loch Tarbert. The MacMillans were not noted Jacobites and during the Jacobite rising of 1745, John MacMillan of Murlaggan, whose line later headed the Lochaber MacMillans, refused to join Charles Edward Stuart unless the Stuarts renounced the Catholic faith. However MacMillan's eldest son defied him and formed a company of Cameron of Lochiel's regiment which fought at the Battle of Culloden. Both sons were killed in the battle.
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