Mc Donald Family Crest
Colors on the Mc Donald family crest explained
Argent (silver) - signifies reputation for sincerity and peacefulness of Mc Donald family members.
Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and historic military strength when called upon.
Or (Gold) symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.
Vert (green) - represents family members loyalty in love and hope for the future
Symbols on the Mc Donald family crest explained
The Lion - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.
The arm holding the cross - symbolizes Christ's rise from the dead to claim victory over sin. Its presence is a connection to the Mc Donald family's early religious beliefs.
The fish - signifies trueness of mind and the vrituous nature of Mc Donald family members based on a heritage of such attributes.
The ship - represents adventure and signifies the adventurous spirit of this family's origin.
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Origins of the Mc Donald family name
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Summary of the Mc Donald family and the Mc Donald family crest
The McDonald family name is of Scottish and Irish origin.
The name is derived from the Gaelic MacDomhnaill, meaning "son of Donald".
The McDonald clan is one of the oldest and most powerful Highland clans.
The clan was based in the Hebridean island of Islay, but also had strongholds in Kintyre, Lochaber, and Glencoe.
The clan was involved in many bloody feuds with other Highland clans, and was notorious for its piracy and cattle-rustling.
The McDonalds were strong supporters of the Stuart cause, and fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie in the Jacobite Rising of 1745.
The clan was nearly wiped out in the Massacre of Glencoe, when 38 McDonalds were murdered by government troops.
The clan chief, Ranald McDonald, was forced into exile, and the clan's lands were confiscated.
The clan scattered, and the McDonalds can now be found in all parts of the world.The Mc Donald clan was involved in many battles against the English, including the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
In the early 1600s, the clan migrated to Ulster in Ireland. The name McDonald is now common in both Ireland and Scotland.
- The McDonalds were early settlers in America, and the name is found in many different forms in the United States, including McDonald, McDonnell, and McDowell.
- The earliest Mc Donald in America was Hugh Mc Donald, who arrived in Boston in 1718. He was followed by his brother, John, in 1720.
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