Branches of the Clan Maclean

The Scottish Clan is a concept held over from antiquity that merges tribal allegiance with European feudal organization. Today the term, clan generally refers to a extended family that once operated under this concept. The House of Duart is oldest and seniormost branch of the Clan Maclean. The Duart Chiefs trace their liniage directly to Gilleain na Tuaighe. The senior branches of the family, or cadets, are houses that are descended from one of Gilleain na Tuaighe’s heirs. Senior cadet houses can have their own junior cadets whose chieftains are descended from the chieftains of the senior cadets.

As one of the oldest clans, the Macleans have an expansive and sometimes complicated cadency. There are two Macleans branches, Lochbuie and Dochgarroch, which are recognized by the Court of the Lord Lyon as feudally independent clans in their own right; however as their progenitors are direct descendants of Gilleain na Tuaighe, they are also considered senior cadets of the House of Duart. Broadly the Clan Maclean refers to the entire aggregation of Gilleain na Tuaighe’s descendents; however today we acknowlege the the Macleans of Duart, the Maclaines of Lochbuie, and Macleans of Dochgarroch as separate but closely kindred clans.

A full chart of the branches, Chiefs, and Chieftains is available in JPG (16MB) or PDF (110MB).

Crest of the Macleans of Duart

Macleans of Duart
Primary Branch, Chiefs of the Clan Maclean

Crest of the Maclaines of Lochbuie

Maclaines of Lochbuie
1st Senior Cadet & Clan in its own right

Macleans of Ardgour
2nd Senior Cadet Branch

  • Macleans of Borreray
  • Macleans of Treshnish
  • Macleans of Inverscaddel
  • Macleans of Blaich
  • Macleans of Achnadale
  • Macleans of Highnish
  • Macleans of Glenbard
  • Macleans of Dunconnel

Macleans of Morvern
5th Senior Cadet Branch

  • Macleans of Drimnin
  • Macleans of Kinlochaline
  • Macleans of Calgary
  • Macleans of Grulin
  • Macleans of Kilunaig
  • Macleans of Penygoun
  • Macleans of Pennycross

Macleans of Brolas
Merged with House of Duart in 1750

Macleans of Lehir
3rd Senior Cadet Branch

  • Macleans of Ross
  • Macleans of Shuna
  • Macleans of Airdchraoishnish
  • Macleans of Ormsaig

McLeans of Coll
4th Senior Cadet & Clan in its own right

  • Macleans of Grishipol
  • Macleans of Achnasaul
  • Macleans of Muck
  • Macleans of Drimnacross
  • Macleans of Totaranald
  • Macleans of Crosspol
  • Macleans of Gallanach

Macleans of Torloisk
6th Senior Cadet Branch

Macleans of Sweden
7th Senior Cadet Branch

Macleans of Kingairloch

Macleans of Scallasdale

Crest of the Maclaines of Lochbuie

Clan Tearlach
8th Senior Cadet & Clan in its own right

Macleans of Urquhart
MacGilleans of Glen Urquhart, “Macleans of the North”

Macleans of Dochgarroch
“Macleans of the North”


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