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Clan and Tartan

Tartan Tuesday: Clan Malcolm

Tartan Tuesday: Clan Malcolm
By Kirsty McIntyre

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Clan Motto:In ardua tendit ("He who aims at difficult things")

Also known as clan MacCallum, clan Malcolm are a Highland clan originating from the ancient province of Lorne (now known as Argyll and Bute).

The name Malcolm is derived from the Gaelic word Maol, which means "shaven-head". It was generally used as a term for a monk, and "Malcolm" is believed to derive from "Maol Chalum", or "Monk (disciple) of Columba". The name is on record as early as the 14th century in Stirlingshire and Dumbartonshire, and was a Christian name before it became a widespread surname. Several Scottish kings have been named Malcolm - most famously King Malcolm III of Scotland, who ruled for 25 years and whose wife St. Margaret of Scotland is Scotland's only royal saint.

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During the 18th and 19th centuries clan Malcolm were involved in the US slave trade, and gained a large amount of wealth. The clan redeployed much of the wealth they gained through their involvement in the slave trade in the improvement of the agricultural industry in Britain.

The lands of Poltalloch, which the clan still hold, were inherited by Donald McGillespie Vich O'Challum in May 1562. The current Clan Chief is Robin Neill Lochnell Malcolm, the 19th Laird of Poltalloch.

Notable Malcolms

Colonel George Malcolm was the first Director/Producer of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and one of only seven people to hold the position.

Actor David MacCallum has appeared in American crime drama NCIS since 2013 playing the character Donald "Ducky" Mallard, and appeared in the spy drama series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in the 1960s.