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THE THISTLE AS A SCOTTISH EMBLEM

There is an old Scottish legend regarding an event that happened in the 13th century. King Haakon of Norway decided to invade Scotland and sent a formidable army to complete the task. The invaders landed near Largs but were thwarted in their sneak attack when one of the barefoot Norsemen stepped on a thistle. He cried out in pain, the Scots were alerted and the attack failed. The king later withdrew his army and the Hebrides were ceded to Scotland.

Scottish Thistle


THE CLAN MOTTOS

The motto of the clan MacNachtan,
"I Hope in God"
, is taken from an engraving over the door of Castle Dunderave on Loch Fyne in Argyllshire, Scotland.

The Motto of the MacMillan clan is,

"I Learn to Succor the Distressed"

THE GATHERING CRY

 "Frechelan"
or
 "Fraoch-Eilean"
was the war cry of the clan MacNachtan (from the Gaelic "Fraoch-Eilean", the Heatherly Isle, referring to the island in Loch Awe on which the castle stands that the MacNachtans held for the king in times past according to the office of the Court of Lord Lyon in Scotland. Our MacNaughton ancestors have been using "Fraoch-Eilean" as our gathering cry since their immigration to the New World. Both slogans are considered to be referring to the family castle once located on the heatherly isle. (Fraoch-Eilean is also used as the slogan for the Macdonald clan according to the Court of Lord Lyon.)
"MacMhaolain Mhor" (Great MacMillan)
is the Gathering Cry for Clan MacMillan. Many thanks goes out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for helping me research this particular nugget of info!

THE PLANT BADGES

Trailing Azalea Holly Plant

Trailing Azalea (MacNachtan)

Holly Plant (MacMillan)


CLAN BIRD

 Scottish Curlew  Scottish Curlew Flying Scottish Curlew w/ Chick   Scottish Curlew Chick
 The Scottish Curlew
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