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2024 Honored Clan/Society

Clan Donald

Motto: Per Mare Per Terras (By Sea, By Land)

Modern Tartan:

clan donald modern tartan

Clan Crest

On a crest coronet Or, a hand in armor fessways couped at the elbow proper holding a cross crosslet fitchy Gules.


Clan Donald, greatest and largest of the Highland Clans, begins it’s recorded history with Somerled, a descendant of Conn of the Hundred Battles and Clan Colla. Somerled’s defeat of the Norse King of Man in 1156 gained independence for southwestern Scotland that survived for over four centuries.

The clan takes it’s name from Donald, the 3rd Lord of the Isles and grandson of Somerled who lived until 1269. Donald’s son was the original “Mac” (meaning “son of”). It was Donald’s great-grandson, Angus Og, the 6th Lord of the Isles who sheltered Robert the Bruce at the lowest ebb of his career. Later, leading a small band of Islemen, Angus Og was instrumental in Bruce’s defeat of the English at Bannockburn. This battle won independence for Scotland. In recognition of Clan Donald’s part in the victory Robert the Bruce proclaimed that Clan Donald would forever occupy the honored position on the right wing of the Scottish Army.

Angus Og’s grandson, Donald, the 8th Lord of the Isles, married the heiress of the Earldom of Ross and in 1411 fought the Battle of Harlaw to keep his wife’s inheritance from being usurped by the Regent Duke of Albany. His army of 10,000 men included the forces of almost every clan of the Highlands and Isles. All these clans were willing vassals of the Lord of the Isles. They regarded the MacDonald Chiefs as the heads of the ancient “Race of Conn,” and lineal heirs of the ancient Kings of the Dalriadic Scots, going back to the 6th century and beyond.

Donald of Harlaw’s son and grandson were both Earls of Ross and Lords of the Isles, controlling not only the Hebrides from Islay and Kintyre to the Butt of Lewis, but most of Argyll and the modern County of Inverness, along with the County of Antrim in northern Ireland. The Earldom was lost in 1471, but the Lordship of the Isles was not absorbed by Scotland until the middle of the 16th century. A MacDonnell (a variation of the surname MacDonald) is still Earl of Antrim.

The power of the clan survived and formed the backbone of the army of the Marquis of Montrose, fighting for the survival of the Stewarts in the 17th century, and, though divided, it was an important factor in the Jacobite Rebellions of the 1700’s.


Best Clan / Society Tent Awards

2023 Clan Thompson
2022 Clan Ramsey
2018 Clan McNeil 
2017 Clan Wallace 
2016 House of Burnett
2015 Clan Donald USA
2014 Clan Munro USA
2013 Clan MacLachlan Assoc of North America
2012 Clan Rose Society of America
2011 Clan MacTavish
2010 Clan Moffat Society
2009 Clan Lamont Society
2008 Scottish Society of Louisville
2007 Clan Cunningham USA
2006 Clan Irwin
2005 Clan Baird
2004 Clan Davidson
2003 Clan Carmichael

Honored Clans / Societies

2023 Clan Carmichael
2022 Clan MacFarlane
2019 House of Douglas
2018 Scottish Society of Greater Bloomington
2017 Clan Maclaine of Lochbuie
2016 Clan Ramsay
2015 Family of Bruce International
2014 Clan Thom(p)son
2013 Clan MacTavish
2012 Scottish Society of Louisville
2011 Clan Stewart
2010 Clan MacRae
2009 Clan Carmichael
2008 Clan Keith
2007 Clan MacDuff
2006 Clan Lockhart