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Crest: A castle embattled, Gules.
Motto: I hoip in God.[1]
War cry: Fraoch Eilean meaning The Heathery Isle
Region Strathtay, Lewis, Argyll
Plant badge Trailing Azalea Proper[2]
Gaelic name MacNeachdainn
Gilbert Macnaghten (1548)
Sir Malcolm MacNaghten of MacNaghten, Bt.(1630)
Iain Macnaghten (1685)
john Macnaghten
Edmund Alexander Macnaghten (1818)
Judge Francis Macnaghten (1832)[3]
Seat Dundarave Castle
Dundarave House

Clan Macnaghten is a Scottish clan who claim descent from the eight century Pictish king, Nechtan.[4]




Origins of the clan

The earliest reference to the Clan Macnaghten is in connection with great Pictish rulers of Moray. The name 'Nechten' which means "pure" or "clear" was popular in the Pictish royal line. The originator of the clan is believed to have been "Nechtan Mor" who lived in the 10th Century.

13th century Castle in Loch Awe

By the time of the Renaissance, Clan Macnaghten had developed four distinct branches, or "septs," each recognized by the Crown with its own coat of arms. The senior line, MacNauchtan of Argyll, is assumed to descend from Sir Gilchrist MacNauchtan, who was granted land in Argyll in the early 1200s by Alexander III, King of Scotland. Parchments from 1247 and 1267 bearing the seal of Sir Gilchrist MacNauchtan are among the oldest existing charters in Scotland.

14th century and Robert the Bruce

During the 14th Century the MacNaghtens were opposed to Robert the Bruce and his claim to the throne of Scotland; however, he did eventually become King Robert I of Scotland. As a result, the MacNaghtens forfeited many of their lands. Clan Macnaghten also fought against Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Dalrigh in 1306. The fortunes of the clan were restored, however, when King David II of Scotland granted them lands in Lewis.

16th century and Anglo Scottish Wars

In the sixteenth century during the Anglo-Scottish Wars the Clan Macnaghten led by Chief Alistair MacNaughten, who was knighted by King James IV of Scotland fought at the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513. However the Chief was killed during the course of the battle.

17th century & Civil War

In the 17th century during the Civil War Chief John MacNaghten and his clan were Royalist supporters. The MacNaghtens had a strong force and joined King James VII's general the Viscount Dundee and is said to have taken a leading part when the Clan Macnaghten were victorious at the Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689.

Early 17th century & Ulster Plantation

The MacNaughtens were one of the famillies brought in by the McDonnells of the Glens of Antrim. Black John MacNaughten (known locally as Shane Dhubh) became The Earl of Antrim's Chief agent. Black John was buried in the family burial ground at Bonamargy Friary near Ballycastle, County Antrim.[4]

Clan profile

  • Clan chief: Sir Malcolm MacNaghten of MacNaghten, Bt.[5]
  • Chief's Motto: I hoip in God.[1]
  • Chief's Slogan & War Cry: "Fraoch Eilean" (The Heathery Isle).
  • Chief's Crest: A castle embattled, Gules.
  • Clan Badge: Trailing Azalea.

Historical forms of the name

Macnaghten, MacNaghten, MacNauchtan, Macnachten, MacNaughtens, MacNaughton, McNaughton

Origin of the name

  • Gaelic name: Mac Neachdainn for "Son of Nechtan").
  • Gaelic Names: MacNeachdainn (Surname) & Clann 'icNeachdainn (Collective).

Clan seat


  • MacNaghten of Dundarave
  • MacNaghten of MacNaghten

Septs of Clan Macnaghten

  • Ayson
  • (Mac)Coll
  • (Mac)Cracken
  • (Mac)Harry(ie)
  • (Mac)Hendry
  • (Mac)Henrie
  • (Mac)Kendrick
  • (Mac)Knight
  • (Mac)Nair(y)
  • (Mac)Nayer
  • (Mac)Neid
  • (Mac)Natt
  • (Mac)Nett
  • (Mac)Nitt
  • (Mac)Niven
  • (Mac)Norton
  • (Mac)Portland
  • (Mac)Quake(r)
  • (Mac)Rac(k)
  • (Mac)Racken
  • (Mac)Nutt
  • (Mac)Vicar(s)
  • (Mac)Vicker(s)
  • Mannis(e)
  • Porter
  • Weir


  1. ^ a b The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs Clan Chiefs Retrieved on 2007-12-29
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  4. ^ a b Robert A. Bell, Book of Ulster Surnames, Page 172, published by The Blackstaff Press in 1988.
  5. ^ The Highlander, the Magazine of Scottish heritage; April 2009; 2009 Directory; Published by Angus J. Ray Associates, Inc.; ISSN 0161-5378, USPS 579200

See also

Macnaghten Baronets

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