Clan Mackintosh

  • Clan Territory:

    Probably the earliest authentic history of Mackintosh concerns Shaw or Seach MacDuff, a son of the third Earl of Fife. He was awarded the lands of Petty and Breachley in Invernesshire for his support of King Malcolm IV. He took the name "Mac-an-Toisch", which means "Son of the Thane or Chief", and later began his own Clan. More lands came to the Mackintosh clan after their chief supported king James 1 in 1429.

  • Clan Chief:

    The current Chief is John Lachlan Mackintosh of Mackintosh. He has been chief since 1995 and currently resides in Singapore, where he works as a History teacher at Nanyang Girls' High School.
  • Clan Castle:

  • Moy Hall
    Moy Hall - demolished in the 1920s

    Moy, south of Inverness, has been the home of Mackintosh chiefs since the 14th century. The first seat of the clan chief was on a small island in the middle of Loch Moy. This castle is now completely ruined. In later years, the chiefs took up residence at Moy Hall, which was demolished in the 20th century and replaced with a smaller, modern house of the same name.

    Loch Moy
    Loch Moy

    Jacobite supporter Lady Anne Farquharson-MacKintosh entertained Prince Charles Edward Stuart at Moy Hall in 1746. She learned that government forces were advancing to capture the Stuart Prince and she arranged for some of her men to hide by the roadside when the government troops approached.
    Setting off their pistols to fire one at a time, they shouted for Clan Donald and Clan Cameron to advance, thus tricking the government forces into thinking they had stumbled into the whole of Jacobite Army. Government forces speedily retreated and the event is remembered as "The Rout of Moy".

  • Clan Tartan:

    Clan Mackintosh Tartan
    Mackintosh Tartan

    The Mackintosh clan is part of a confederation of smaller clans, which came together in the middle-ages for mutual protection. Together, they formed a super clan called Clan Chattan. Among the many clans that have been associated with historic Clan Chattan, the MacPherson clan is the most significant. Other clans and names include: Cattanach, Catteigh, Dallas, Davidson, Elder, MacBean/Bain, MacClerich/Clark, MacGillanders/Andrew,MacGillespie/Gillespie,MacGillivray,MacGillonie, MacKillican, MacLean of Dochgarroch, MacMartin, MacMaster, MacMillan, MacMhuirich, MacNiven, MacPhail, MacPhee, MacQueen, Smith/Gow and Tarrill. To which could perhaps be added: Crerar, Finlay, Gillies, Gorrie, MacAonas, MacGlashan, MacHardy, MacIain Dhu, Macintyre in Badenoch, MacKerracher and Noble.

  • Clan History:

    Historically, the chief of the Mackintosh clan has most frequently been the leader of Clan Chattan, although there has been a long rivalry with the chiefs of the Macpherson clan for that position. As the senior partners of the Clan Chattan confederation, the Mackintosh clan took part in a feud with Clan Cameron that lasted for 350 years.

    In 1396, a gladiatorial contest between the Mackintosh clanand other names of the Chattan confederation, and Clan Cameron was staged at a field outside the city of Perth called the North Inch. This fight to the death took place in front of King Robert III and his court. According to the story, Clan Chattan killed all but one of their rivals with the loss of 19 of their party of 30 clansmen.

    Filmed on location to the highest standards the Galloglas DVD, Macintosh features unique stories that interweave romance, adventure, bravery and betrayal, set against a stunning landscape. This DVD is not yet available; if you would like to be informed of the release date please email

  • Famous Mackintoshes:

    Charles Macintosh - the inventor of the original rainwear. In 1817 James Syne discovered a coal tar extract that had the property of dissolving India rubber. He passed the formula to the Glaswegian firm of Charles Macintosh. It took Macintosh until 1823 and further trials to patent a method of layering naphtha softened rubber between a sandwich of woven woolen cloth. Tailors didn’t like working with the rubber-layered materials produced by Macintosh, so began manufacturing their own garments called Mackintoshes using a different spelling of the word.

    Another Charles – Charles Rennie Mackintosh - inspired and revolutionised ideas about architecture in the late 19th century. A leading figure in the Art Nouveau movement, his exquisite designs and ideas of a totally designed house are icons in the history of modern architecture.

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh
    Charles Rennie Mackintosh and some of his design icons

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