ENSIGNS ARMORIAL :, THEREFORE, the Lord Lyon King of Arms, for aught yet seen (Primo) MAINTAINS, RATIFIES and CONFIRMS unto the Petitioner and his heirs male, Chief of the Name and Arms of MacDonald of Keppoch and of the Honourable Clanranald, Mac'ic Raonuill, the following Ensigns Armorial, videlicet:- Quarterly, 1st, Or, a lion rampant Gules armed and langued Azure, 2nd, Argent, a dexter hand Gules holding a cross crosslet fitchée Sable, 3rd, Argent, a lymphad sails unfurled and oars in action Sable flagged Gules, 4th, Azure, a salmon naiant Proper. Above the Shield is placed an Helm befitting his degree with a Mantling Gules doubled Or 6 7 , and on a Wreath of the Liveries is set for Crest an eagle displayed Gules crowned of a ducal coronet Or, and in an Escrol over the same this Motto "AIR MUIR 'S TIR" and in another Escrol below the same this Motto "DIA 'S NAOMH AINDREA"; and on a compartment below the Shield comprising a rock Proper charged with the outline of a footprint are set for Supporters two wild boars Azure armed Argent langued Gules crined Or, each holding a Lochaber axe, its head facing outwards, Proper the cutting edge Sanguinée; and for his Standard three and a half metres long having Azure a St. Andrew's Cross Argent in the hoist of two tracts Gules and Or with his Crest depicted once and the slogan "DIA 'S NAOMH AINDREA" in letters Sable in the fly; and for his Pinsel 135 centimetres long and 60 centimetres high Gules, bearing the foresaid Crest within a strap of leather Gules buckled and embellished Argent inscribed with the Motto "AIR MUIR 'S AIR TIR" in letters also Argent all within a circlet of the Last, fimbriated Azure, bearing his title "MAC'IC RAONUILL" in letters Gules and in the fly, surmounted of a sprig of white heather Proper, being the proper plant-Badge of Clanranald of Lochaber, the slogan "DIA 'S NAOMH AINDREA" in letters Sable, and (Secundo) GRANTS WARRANT to the Lyon Clerk to matriculate the foresaid Ensigns Armorial in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland.

NB. The use of the wild boar symbol, is the ancient Celtic Gael symbol of both war and kingly, derived from the Sun ( masculine ). It is also symbolic and directly associated with the Dunadd Boar Stone in Dalriata, the ancient crowning stone of the first Kings of Scots up to Kenneth MacAlpine. The twin boars are standing on the Boar Stone each hold a lochaber axe sanguine ( bloodied ).The footprint on the stone is where the king placed his barefoot while being inaugurated, and is shown on the stone beside the boar's foot.The king wore a white gown to signify purity of spirit. On his head was placed the Scottish gold crown. He held the sword of state in one hand, and held the septre in the other hand, signifying the right to rule over his people.
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Supporters Corner

For all those wishing to support the present Chief and his supporters, you can leave your personal contact details here, together with your offers of help and suggestions to further develop this site, and expand the influence of your clan world-wide. Authorised Keppoch branches is one way of expanding our horizons. This will be borne in mind locally after our Chief has been presented with his Letters Patent and Ensigns Armorial in 2006. That will take place in the oighreachd ( the Clan lands in Lochaber ) at a special Presentation Ceremony in Fort William. As we go to print . our Chief's Letters Patent and Armorial Ensigns are in the hands of the Lyon Court Limner ( the Lyon Court Painter )

Meantime, the Chief is willing to authorise new branches globally, where there is sufficient support for one. E-mail:



Your chief has inherited the bardic gift so widespread in the Keppoch Clan. His CD is avilable on request, which features a full album of tradional scottish folk songs written and sung by the chief.

Historical connections :
Many of the ballads are compostions of your Chief Ranald., including the lyrics and the music. Some in fact, are commemorative of historic events in Scottish history eg, 'The Highbridge Rout' c1745. The epic incident that took place at the High Bridge in Keppoch territory, is relived in song and verse. It records the fact, that the MacDonalds of Keppoch of the Clan Ranald of Lochaber, was the first clan to take up arms in the '45'. They were also the last clan in Scotland to lay down their arms. Major Donald MacDonald cousin to Alasdair MacColla 17th Chief of Keppoch, with a small band of Keppoch MacDonalds, routed Captain Scot of Scotstarvet and his platoon of well trained soldiers at the Highbridge, before the Royal Standard was raised at Glenfinnan that afternoon. He took charge of Captain Scot's horse, and presented it to the Prince the same afternoon. The Prince rode this during the '45' Campaign. And while the Prince was at Roybridge, Lady Keppoch presented him with a Keppoch MacDonald feile-beag ( kilt ) which she had personally hand woven for him. The Prince was a distant cousin of the Chief.

'Colla nam Bo' 16th Chief of Keppoch. This is an eulogical poem set to music of that colourful martial man, who defeated the MacIntosh Clan at Mulroy in the duchas ( clan lands ) in 1688. The last clan battle in Scotland. Coll with his clan 'took the hill on them', as our pipe march records. MacIntosh offered Coll a restoration of his usurped duchas by a MacIntosh charter. Coll steadfastly refused saying to MacIntosh, "I will not hold by sheepskin title, what I have won by the sword today!". Typical of the man. But he did hold it from then on.

'The Red Lion of Scotland' a stirring rousing ballad, inspiring Scots to take charge of their own destiny once more. That has to a great extent happened today, with devolution and our own Scottish parliament in our capital city of Edinburgh.

For a change of tone and pace 'The Wild Mountain Thyme' is a nice easy flowing ballad of young love, in an enchanting rendition of the original song, complete with Celtic clarsach accompaniment. For clansmen and others. Well worth a listen.

Gilleasbuig Lachlainn 'Illeasbuig
Ceapach Bard


E-mail: ranald@macdonaldofkeppoch.org