Badges of the Clan Maclean

Available to all Maclean kin, the Clan's badge is the most prolific symbol of the Clan Maclean throughout the world. Whether embroidered on clothing, engraved into jewelry, etched into crystal, pinned to a cap or lapel, or printed on stationery, any one who wishes to identify and support the Clan Maclean may use the badge to demonstrate their allegiance.

Maclean of Duart BadgeMaclean of Duart Badge

The Maclean badge was created by taking the crest from the Chief's personal coat of arms and encircling it in a strap and buckle. The Chief's motto was added to the strap to complete the badge.

The badge may be used by any member of the clan to identify themselves and their loyalties with the Clan Maclean and its Chief. It may be worn on any occasion and for any reason. Unlike the Chief's coat of arms, the badge belongs to no one person, and may be affixed to anything without making it the property of the Chief.

For those who wish to use the badge on stationary or other items representing you personally, it is important to remember to include statement near the badge denoting your support of the clan. Only official clan correspondence may carry the badge by itself. When used paper, the badge should only be printed in monochrome. The badge should never be printed emblazoned.

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High-Resolution Monochrome Badge - High-Resolution Emblasoned Badge

Maclean of Lochbuie BadgeMaclean of Lochbuie Badge

The Macleans of Lochbuie created this badge by encircling the oldest universal symbol of the clan, a battle axe between laurel and cypress, in a strap and buckle. The Chief's motto was added to the strap to complete the badge.

The badge may be used by any member of the clan to identify themselves and their loyalties with the Lochbury branch of the Clan Maclean and its Chief and Chieftain. It may be worn on any occasion and for any reason. Unlike the Chief's coat of arms, the badge belongs to no one person, and may be affixed to anything without making it the property of the Chief.

For those who wish to use the badge on stationary or other items representing you personally, it is important to remember to include statement near the badge denoting your support of the clan. Only official clan correspondence may carry the badge by itself. When used paper, the badge should only be printed in monochrome. The badge should never be printed emblazoned.

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High-Resolution Monochrome Badge - High-Resolution Emblasoned Badge

Maclean Clan Symbol - Laural, Cypress, Battle AxeThe Laurel, Axe and Cypress

The Macleans have used an axe surrounded by branches of laurel (left) and cypress (right) as a general symbol of clan association. This symbol is probably the oldest mark of clan and the only truly universal symbol for the Clan Maclean, transcending the family and sept branches. It is long used by clan members on their personal items, such as stationary, to denote their association with the Clan Maclean.

The axe was plainly derived from the weapon of choice of our first chief, Gilleain na Tuaighe (Gillian of the Battle Axe)— he favored using a lochaber axe in battle. The laurel branches are universally symbolic of victory. The cypress branch is infrequently used as a heraldic symbol, and most often a symbol of death followed by eternal life. The use of cypress to symbolise death may have been carried to Britian by the Romans, who used its branches extensively in their burial rites. The combination is appently a visual representation of a clan moto, "Death or Life." Death being symbolized by the cypress branch and life (and victory) being symbolized by the laurel branch.

The words "Altera Merces" translated "Another Offering" often appear above the axe and branches in a banner, especially in older rencords.

It is important to note that this particular emblem has no definite shape recognized by the Lord Lyon King of Arms; any battle axe when paired with two branches (one of laural and one of cypress) may be used to represent support of the Clan Maclean; however it is most commonly represented by crossing the laurel and cypresss behind a lochaber axe into the shape of St. Andrew's Cross. It may also be worn, used or flown on any occasion and for any reason.

For those who wish to use this emblem on stationary or other items representing themselves personally, no statement denoting your support of the clan is necessary. Any correspondence may carry this emblem. Unlike the badge, when used paper, it may be printed emblazoned.

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High-Resolution Monochrome Badge - High-Resolution Emblasoned Badge

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