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Clan and Tartan

Tartan Tuesday: Clan MacKintosh

Tartan Tuesday: Clan MacKintosh
By Kirsty McIntyre


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Clan motto: Touch Not The Cat Bot A Glove ("Touch not the cat without a glove")

Clan MacKintosh are a Highland clan, originally from the area around Inverness. The first MacKintosh chief was Shaw MacDuff, son of Duncan. Duncan MacDuff was the Earl of Fife during medieval times and his son accompanied King Malcolm VI of Scotland on an expedition to suppress a clan rebellion in Morayshire. As a result, Shaw was made constable of Inverness Castle and given land in the Findhorn valley, near the Moray Firth, in the 12th century.

Clan MacKintosh had a long-running feud with the Camerons. The two clans were at odds for over 350 years, beginning in 1337 with the defeat of the Camerons at the Battle of Drumlui. Many of the conflicts between the clans were in fact fought between the Camerons and the Chattan Confederation - a group of twelve individual clans who formed an alliance for greater protection and solidarity in the Highlands. A branch of the MacKintosh clan, the Mackintoshes of Mackintosh-Torcastle, are the current chiefs of the Chattan Confederation.

Despite clan chief Angus MacKintosh's position as a captain in the British Government's Black Watch regiment, during the 18th century Jacobite uprising his wife raised an army to fight for the Jacobite cause. Following victory at the Battle of Falkirk Muir in 1746, Prince Charles Stuart was received by Lady Anne Farquharson-MacKintosh. Subsequently, an attempt was made by Government troops to capture the prince, but they were mislead by five MacKintosh men into believing that they were up against the full force of the Jacobite army, forcing them to retreat.

The MacKintosh clan seat is Moy Hall, which sits near the village of Moy in the Highlands.

Notable MacKintoshes

Charles Rennie MacKintosh was an influential artist and architect, whose MacKintosh Rose motif is famous around the world. MacKintosh was heavily influenced by the industrial revolution sweeping his home city of Glasgow, as well as emerging modernist and Asian styles.

Charles Macintosh was the inventor of waterproof fabric, and the Mackintosh raincoat was named in his honour.