Macleans of the North
Chief: Very Rev. Allan Maclean of Dochgarroch
The Macleans of Dochgarroch are the Chiefs of Clan Tearlach, the ‘Macleans of the North’, named from Tearlach [Charles] Maclean, eldest son of Hector Maclean, 1st of Lochbuie, brother of Lachlan Maclean, 1st of Duart.
Tearlach was in the vanguard of the Lords of the Isles and was Constable of Urquhart Castle from 1394, but following the Battle of Harlaw in 1411 he sought protection within the Clan Chattan. His son Hector married a daughter of the Chief of the Mackintoshes.
Despite the active support of the Mackintoshes and Clan Chattan, the Macleans lost ownership of Urquhart in 1509, and settled nearby at Dochgarroch, though they still managed to lease much of Urquhart. In 1609 Alexander Maclean of Dochgarroch signed the Clan Chattan Bond.
Motto: Virtue mine Honour
Clan Badge: Crowberry or Holly
Septs: Auchaneson, Gillan, Gillon, Gilzean, Lane, Lean, MacEachan, Maclaine, McLean.
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