Closely allied for centuries to the Mackenzies and the Macraes and also with possible family links to the Logans, the MacLennans take their name from MacGille Finnan, meaning ‘the son of the follower of St Finnan.’
With the motto of ‘While I breathe I hope’, their main territories were Wester Ross and Cromarty, while they were entrusted as custodians of the stronghold of Eilean Donan Castle, at the entrance to Loch Duich in Wester Ross.
When not engaged in feuding with their neighbours, a common practice of the clans, they were ready with sword in hand to tackle common foes and were among the Jacobites who took to the field for Bonnie Prince Charlie at the battle of Culloden in 1746.
But when not wielding the sword, they developed a reputation as champion pipers – one that stands to this day as MacLennan pipers regularly win competitions.
Their colourful and vibrant tale is chronicled here.