Highland Clans “H – L”

July 11, 2009


A Military Clan. A famous Norman warloard, Petrus de Haga, was their ancestor.


Halle, Haule, Haul, Hal, DeAula, Hale, Haw, Collingwood, Crispin, Fitz, William, McHall


The Hamilton clan takes its name from a Township in Northern England, Hambleton.
The family’s rise to prominence began in 1474, when James, 1st Lord of Hamilton, married James 111’s sister.


An ancient clan based in Galloway


A Norman family. The name stems from the De la Hays peninsula in northern France.


The main branch of the clan is found in Glencoe. The name Henderson means Henry’s Son”
Eanruig Mor (Great Henry) was the son of the Pictish King, Nechtan.


This family came from France where they were “huntsmen” to the Dukes of Normandy. They were granted the lands of Hunter’s Toune (now Hamilton) in Ayrshire, Scotland.


The name refers top an “Englishman”. It was found mostly in the Border areas.


An ancient Celtic clan, traditionally based in Argyllshire at Morvern and Ardnamurchan.
Dinnes, Ennis, Innie, McRob, McTary, Marmoth, Mavor, Middleton, Mitchell, Reidfuird, Thain, Wilson


Berowald the Fleming was granted the Barony of Innes in 1160 by Malcolm 1V. In 1226 his grandson,
Walter took the name Innes as his family name.
One notable family member is John Innes Bishop of Moray from 1407 to 1414


From Erewine, an Old English Sir name.


Pronounced – John-stone
A territorial name meaning “John’s town” It was adopted mainly by the powerful Border clan.
There was a history of an ongoing feud with the Maxwells.


Thought to be from:
The Gaelic word ceiteach (a wood or forest)
The Welsh word ‘coedwig’ having a similar meaning

It was originally a place name. It has now become one of the most popular Scottish Christian names.
In 1150 their ancestor Hervey was granted lands of Keth in East Lothian. His son became Great Marischal of Scotland in 1176. In 1458 the family was granted the tital of Earl Marischal.

Records show from the 11th century Norman lords held the lands of Keith in East Lothian.
The family held the hereditary post of Earl Marischal.

In the time of David 1, Harvey de Keith posessed half of the lands named Keith in SW East Lothian. His great-grandson acquired the other half by marrying tts Fraser heriess. As hereditary Grand Marischala of Scotland, the chiefs took a prominent part in the country’s affairs and battles. they attained vast possessions, mostly northward.
Around 1390, Sir William Keith, built Dunottar Castle as his main seat of power.
In 1593 the fifth Earl Marischal founded the Maerischal College of Aberdeen.
In 1715 the tenth and last Earl gave up his title and all estates for active support of the Old Chevalier.
From the early Keiths-Marischal came the Dicksons of the Border and Dixons in England.

Achindachy, Astine, Aston, Austen, Austie, Austin, Cate, Dick, Dickson, Dickison, Dickson, Dixon, Dixson, Falconer, Falconor, Faulkner, Harvie, Harvey, Harvie, Hervey, Haxton, Hervey, Hurrie, Hurry, Keath, Keech, Keeth, Kite, Lumgain, Lumgaine, Lumgair, MacDick, MacDicken(s), MacDickin(s), MacDickie, MacDicky, MacDickson, MacGeath, MacKeetch, MacKeeth, MacKeith, MacKeithan, MacKeth, Mackett, MacNeithan, Marshall, Urie, Urrie, Urry


Kinnard, Kynnard, Kennard, Kynharde, Kinzerd, Kinnart, Kynnart, Kynarde, Culbin

Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland is their ancestral home
The Kennedy’s claimed descent from Duncan, 1st Earl of Carrick. The Kennedys of Dunure became the principal branch of the clan in the 14th century.


Kinnard, Kynnard, Kennard, Kynharde, Kinzerd, Kinnart, Kynnart, Kynarde, Culbin


Black, Brown, Bourdon, Burdon, Lamb, Lambie, Lammie, Lamondson, Landers, Lemond, Limond, Limont, Lucas, Luke, Lyon, Macalduie, MacClymont, MacGilledow, MacGillegowie, Macilzegowie, Macilwhom, MacLamond, MacLucas, MacLymont, MacPatrick, MacPhorich, MacSorley, Meikleham, Patrick, Sorley, Toward, Towart, Turner, White


An ancient clan, thought to have come from Ulster and settled in Argyll. They suffered greatly
at the hands of the Campbells.

A Norman family. The family took its name from the Lauderdaale district of Berwickshire.


It is a territorial name from the word levenach (smooth stream). Lord Darnley, husband to
Mary Queen of Scots was the Earl of Lennox.


The Lesslies can trace their line back to the 12th century. The name of their clan comes from the name of their lands Lesslyn in Aberdeenshire.
Their ancestor, son of a Hungarian nobleman, was Bartolph the Fleming. Malcolm 111 appointed him Govenor of Edinburgh Castle and gave him large estates in northeastern Scotland.
Sir Andrew de Lesly signed the Decloration of Arbroath which called for Scottish Independence in 1320.
The Leslies became well known and respected as soldiers. One of those being Alexander Leslie 1580-1661. He served in the Thirty Years’ War.
After serving in that war he returned to Scotland to lead the Covenanters.
Abernethy, Bartholomew, More.


‘The Island of the lime trees’
A territorial name.
One of the first known of the clan was Sir Walter de Lindeseys
Many of the descendants of this clan held high office.
Crawford, Deuchar


This clan takes it’s name from a Saxon, Lord Leving.
He gave his name to the lands of Levingstoun.
Sir William Livingston fought in the battle of Durham in 1346.
For his valiant effort he was granted the Baron of Callendar.


What is unusual about this clan is that it has both a Highland and a Lowland division.
The northern branch is traced back to a cleric Crotair MacGilligorm who founded a church at Kilmuir in Skye. This branch of the Logans have always had close ties with the MacLellans.
The southern Logans are descended from two knights, Robert and Walter. they carried the Bruces heart on crusade in 1329.
James Logan studies clans and their tartans. His findings were published in ‘the Scottish Gael’


The clan takes its name from a place in ‘Berwickshire’.
Branches of this family settled in Aberdeenshire and Fife.


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