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MacFarlane Clan Tattoos The Macfarlanes are descended from Alwyn, Celtic Earl of Lennox, whose younger son, Gilchrist, received lands at Arrochar on the shores of Loch Long at the end of the 12th century. Gilchrist's grandson, Maduin, sheltered Robert the Bruce when his fortunes were at a low ebb and he had to flee through Loch Lomondside to reach the safety of the west Highlands. The Macfarlanes also fought at Bannockburn in 1314.

Malduin's son, Parlan, provided the chief's patronymic, and Iain Macpharlain received a charter of confirmation to Arrochar in 1420. Duncan, the last Celtic Earl of Lennox, was executed by James I, and although the Macfarlanes had a valid claim to the earldom, the title was given by the Crown to John Stewart, Lord Dranley.

They fought to oppose the Stewarts but they proved too powerful and Andrew Macfarlane, the tenth chief, married a younger daughter of Lord Darnley. Cementing a new alliance. Thereafter the Macfarlanes followed the new Earls of Lennox in most of the major conflicts of the 15th and 16th century. The eleventh chief and many of his clansmen fell at Flodden in 1513. When the Earl of Lennox threw his lot in with Henry VII of England, the clan followed him, capturing Bute and Arran, but they met with stout resistance at the royal castle of Dunbarton. The Macfarlanes later opposed the invading English at the Battle of Pinkie in 1547 where Duncan, the thirteenth chief, and his brother were both killed. After the murder of Lord Darnley, Mary, Queen of Scots' second husband, the Macfarlanes opposed the queen and were noted for their gallantry at the Battle of Langside in 1568.

Andrew, the fourteenth chief, is said to have captured no less than three standards, earning the personal praise of the Regent Moray. The clan's crest and motto alludes to the defence of the Crown of the infant James VI which was secured at Langside. Their loyalty to the Stuarts brought Macfarlane swords to the aid of the Marquess of Montrose when Walter Macfarlane, the sixteenth chief , declared for Charles I. They fought at Montrose's great victory at Inverlochy in 1645. When Oliver Cromwell succeeded in conquering Scotland, adding it to the Commonwealth, the Macfarlane seat at Inveruglas was burned to the ground.

Clan MacFarlane Motto: This I'll Defend

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