The Clans of the Trossachs - Clan MacLaren
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Maclaren Clan Origin : This clan is thought to come from the Argyll area and descended from Lorn, son of Erc in 503. But other recordings from the 12th century show the family line comes from Perthshire. Three clansmen claim the MacLaren name and they are: Maurice of Tyrie, Conan of Balquidder, and Lauring of Ardveche in Strathearn. The clan motto, “Creag on Tuirc” means ‘The Boar’s Rock.’ This rock can be found in Balquidder therefore, giving physical evidence that the clan didn’t come from Argyll but from the Balquidder area.


Clan Maclaren in the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park


Clan Location: Argyll area


Maclaren Clan Motto :The Boar’s Rock Creag an Tuirc 

Friends and Foe : The MacLaren’s were known for battling and creating enemies. The neighboring land was occupied by other families and the MacLaren’s would feud with whoever settled around. Eventually the MacLaren’s found friendship with the Stewarts,when John Stewart, Lord of Lorn, and a MacLaren daughter got married. Most MacLaren’s followed the Stewart’s of Appin, while others chose to follow the Murray’s of Athol.


The MacLaren’s were driven off of their land after the MacGregor’s invaded due to the loss against the Campbell’s. The MacLaren’s were looking for safety and this came with a sacrifice. The Campbell’s must be looked upon by the MacLaren’s as feudal superiors.


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The MacLaren Family Crest
The MacLaren Family Tartan
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The MacLaren Family Crest
Clan MacLaren Tartan

Battles of loyalty : The MacLaren’s were loyal men as they stood by James III in 1488 at the Battle of Sauchieburn, James IV in 1513 at the Battle of Flodden, and Mary Queen of Scots in 1547 at the Battle of Pinkie. It has been noted that MacLaren’s fell hard at the Battle of Culloden. Donald MacLaren of Invernenty was captured at Culloden and taken to prison but escaped and lived in secrecy in 1757. His lands at Balquidder were captured by other troops.


Lord Lyon recognized John MacLaurin from a long line of family members who held land at Tyrie and thus granted him the families land of Creag an Tuirc.

Famous MacLarens 

Donald MacLaren of MacLaren Ancestry Tour of Scotland

Donald Maclaren

Bill MacLaren

Bill MacLaren:
Scottish Rugby Union Commentator

Malcolm MacLaren

Malcolm MacLaren

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A few of the Clan Crests of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Clans

The Buchanan Clan Crest Colquhoun Family Crest Graham Family Crest MacArthur Clan Crest MacFarlane Clan Crest
Buchanan Clan Crest Colquhoun Clan Crest Graham Clan Crest MacArthur Clan Crest MacFarlane Clan Crest
MacGregor Clan Crest MacLaren Clan Crest MacNab Clan Crest MacNaughton Clan Crest Napier Clan Crest
MacGregor Clan Crest MacLaren
Clan Crest
MacNab Clan Crest MacNaughton Clan Crest Napier Clan Crest
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