Tartan Tuesdays - The Malcolm Clan
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Clan Malcolm is a Highland Scottish clan. The Clan Malcolm is sometimes also called MacCallum. The Clan MacCallum was originally a separate clan, until the 18th century, when the chief of Clan MacCallum adopted the name Malcolm and the two clans were drawn together.
Origins of the Clan
The name Malcolm derives from the gaelic âMaolâ, meaning âshaven-headâ, and was used generally as a term for a monk. Thus âMaol Chalumâ can be translated as âmonkâ or âdisciple of Columbaâ.
The name of Colm was common in many areas of Celtic settlement; the name Malcolm appears as a distinct surname in parts of Dunbartonshire and Stirlingshire in the fourteenth century.
The Malcolm Clan motto is 'In ardua petit' which means 'He aims at difficult things'.
The Malcolm Clan Crest shows a tower argent with blue window and port .
The current chief of Clan Malcolm is Robin N. L.
Malcolm of Poltalloch.
The family seat of the chief of Clan Malcolm is at Duntrune Castle, where the Clan MacCallum family have resided for centuries.
The Clan Malcolm family resided at Lochlore Castle since 1656. The Malcolm family came into possession of the barony of Inchgall in 1656 and set about changing the names of several long established features to that of Lochore Castle.
The Clan Malcolm took protection of the Clan Campbell of Lochow, and, in 1414, Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochow granted to Reginald MacCallum of Corbarron certain lands, together with the office of Hereditary Constable of the Castle Lochaffy and Castle Craignish. However this branch appears to have become extinct during the latter half of the 17th century.
In the eighteenth century however, the two names were drawn together when the chief of the Clan MacCallum, Dugald MacCallum of Poltalloch, adopted the name Malcolm. It was not clear why he took this step, but it appears that he certainly considered the two names to be interchangeable. The two clans have many ancestral links.
Dugald MacCallum of Poltalloch inherited the Malcolm estate in 1779, and was the first to adopt the name of Malcolm permanently. Of the Malcolm chieftainship line: Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm was Commander in Chief of Saint Helena, and won the regard of Napoleon. Sir Pulteney Malcolm also commanded HMS Royal Oak as Captain of the ship. John Wingfield Malcolm of Poltalloch was created Lord Malcolm in 1896, and died in 1902, when the peerage became extinct, though his brother inherited his estate, and the feudal title of âMalcolm of Poltallochâ, descended with the chieftainship of the Clan.
The Chief Malcolm family had an impressive reputation for military and naval success throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In addition to this, more than one of the chiefs of the clan has entered into the world of politics, the last of these being Sir Iain Malcolm, who was a Member of Parliament until 1919.