The Clan Donald’s (or Clan MacDonald) Scottish roots run deep — being the oldest and largest of all Scottish clans. For nearly 400 years, Clan Donald ruled the west highlands and the Hebrides — their land and power stretched so wide that it was only second to the Kings of Scotland and England. This gravitas gifted the Donald Clan Chief the title of Lord of the Isles (Triath nan Eilean or Rìgh Innse Gall in Scottish Gaelic).
The clan crest was a symbol of allegiance used by members to show loyalty to their clan chief. The Donald crest depicts a small, simple crown with an armored hand holding a cross. The clan motto “by sea and by land” acknowledges the clan’s island and seafaring roots and its mainland expansion goals.
This can be quite confusing, especially for people who may be new to discovering their clan heritage. People who have connections with the surname ‘MacDonald’ might wonder why, for instance, there is no ‘Clan MacDonald’ tent at their local clan gathering. The answer is simple — what you are looking for is ‘Clan Donald’
So why don’t we just change these pages to be ‘Clan Donald’? Well for precisely that reason — we know that the vast majority of our users may be discovering their clan heritage for the first time — if they are connected to the name ‘MacDonald’ that is what they will search for — and that’s where we are. But now you are here it is, of course, correct to refer to your CLAN as ‘Clan Donald’
Originally the MacDonalds were the Lords of the Isles but have since spread throughout the Highlands.
The current clan chief is Godfrey James Macdonald of Macdonald, 8th Baron Macdonald of Slate
Clan Donald has over 40 tartans and many clan branches intricately connected to it. The clan’s eight main branches are Antrim, Ardnamurchan, Clanranald, Duunyveg, and the Glens, Glencoe, Glengarry, Keppoch, and Sleat.
What Colour is MacDonald tartan?
MacDonald Tartan. The MacDonald Clan tartan is dark green, navy blue, red and black. The modern, displayed here, is the main tartan for the Clan.
Where can Buy MacDonald Tartan
Celebrate your Scottish heritage by wearing one of the most famed and well-loved tartans — the MacDonald Tartan. In this MacDonald Tartan Kilt, you can enjoy the rich red and forest green colors that are found throughout it in its tight tartan pattern. On either side of the kilt, there are hooks upon which you can hang the sporran of your choice. Enjoy the ability to get the perfect fit when you input your unique measurements. Totally made to order, your kilt will be made according to your waist and hip size, the kilt length you want and the fell measurement you want. Choose your own buttons and hardware and enjoy the option of matching hose flashes, tartan sporrans or tartan wallets, Tartan fabric.