The Clan Maclean

I can put off painting tartan for only so long, so time to grasp the nettle and get down to it. So here are the next clan of marauding men from the Highlands.

Led by their Clan Chief, Sir Lachlan Maclean 1st Baron Morven, they fought at Inverlochy; Auldearn; and Kilsyth. They were present at the loss of Mull (Leslie came to the Island with a strong force of horse and foot in search of eight Irishmen, who were sheltering on Mull: seven were caught and executed, the eighth fleeing) and the defence of Duart Castle.

Sir Lachlan died in 1650 and the Chiefdom passed to his son Sir Hector Maclean.

Hector was commissioned as colonel of foot of a Regiment to be raised from Argyll and Bute highlanders; they joined the army at Stirling in 1651 and fought at Inverkeithing. The Clan lost 500 men at Inverkeithing, as well as Sir Hector. It was during this battle that seven brothers died protecting their Clan Chief. Each brother crying "Another for Hector" as they stepped forward to protect him.

These are straight out of the bag, with no headswaps. A lowland officer has joined their ranks.

Tenuous Clan Maclean trivia: Alistair MacLean, author of the Guns of Navarone, served on the appropriately named HMS Royalist during WWII.

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  1. Lovely .. and that unit history puts shivers up your spine..

    1. Thanks Steve.

      You can understand why the Victorians were attracted to Highland history with stories like this.

  2. Equally tenuous Clan Maclean trivia: Alistair Maclean also used the nom de plume Ian Stuart when writing, first of all, 'The Dark Crusader' in 1961 and then 'The Satan Bug' in 1962.

    1. That's probably the outline pitch for starting a blog: "the tenuous links of Alistair Maclean"


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