Clan MacNicol 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 MacNicol . Sizes M-XXXL.
Ladies V-Neck – Large two color crest badge on front of shirt. Sizes M-XXL.
Standard and Ladies sizes in drop down menu below.
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: A hawk's head erased Gules
Motto: Scorrybreac (refers to the Chiefs Ancestral Homeland)
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.
Clan MacNeacail, also known as Clan MacNicol, is a Highland Scottish clan long associated with the Isle of Skye. Traditions states that, early in its history, the clan held the Isle of Lewis, as well as mainland lands. Further traditions, however, state that the clan lost its lands to the MacLeods of Lewis through the marriage of a MacNeacail heiress. The earliest member of the clan on record is one 14th century John “mak Nakyl”, who is recorded amongst Edward I of England's powerful West Highland supporters during the Wars of Scottish Independence. The next record of the clan appears hundreds of years later, in the 16th century, when the clan was seated on Skye.
The Nicolsons are believed to be of Norse descent, with the first 'Nicol' thought to have been a descendant of a Norse High King. He possibly arrived in Skye in the thirteenth century. (Skye was part of the Norse lands until 1266). The Nicolsons seem to have flourished around the fourteenth century, with MacNicol spearmen playing a crucial role in supporting Edward Bruce in the 1316 siege of Carrickfergus Castle (in Ireland). These spearmen feature in the MacNeacail Coat of Arms.
By the mid-seventeenth century, the Chief of the Clan was the Reverend Donald Nicolson, who it is thought was responsible for the change from MacNicol to Nicolson. He was a Chief of great repute, and seemingly, of good means.
Although there were few links between the Nicolsons and the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745 – the consequences radically altered life in the Highlands of Scotland, with increasing poverty, the Highland Clearances, emigration, and the gradual breakdown of the traditional Clan system.
In 1813, Donald Nicolson succeeded Malcolm Nicolson as Chief. However rising rents, bad weather, and falling livestock prices meant that he soon found himself in considerable debt. The result was that the lands of Scorrybreac were lost, and that Donald's sons all left Skye. By 1841, the new Chief, John Nicolson, was living in Tasmania.
Many Nicolsons, of course, remained (and still remain) in Skye. Nicolsons played a key role in the 1882 'Battle of the Braes', for so long labelled 'the last battle on British soil'. (It was at best a riot – but in its Victorian context at the height of Empire is created a considerable stir. It prompted vital crofting law reform.)
The first Chief to return to the lands at Scorrybreac was Norman Alexander Nicolson during leave from fighting in the First World War. He took a stone from the ruins of the old house, first to France and then back to Australia. This stone is now part of the cairn at Scorrybreac.
In 1987 the Clan MacNeacail Trust, using funds donated by Nicolsons from around the world, purchased the Ben Chracaig estate on the former Scorrybreac lands (overlooking Portree) to preserve them for public enjoyment.
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