Miseris Succurrere Disco (I learn to succour the unfortunate)

MacMillan Tartan
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MacMillan Tartan

The MacMillan clan is descended from Cormac, the 12th-century Bishop of Dunkeld. The name MacMillan is derived from the word 'Mhaoillain' which describes the way in which Cormac's son, being a Celtic Priest, would have had his head shaved.

The MacMillan Chief Maolmuire gave shelter to Robert the Bruce (1274 - 1329) at his home in Lawers after the Comyns rose against him. The clan fought alongside Robert at the Battle of Bannockburn. However, the Macmillans were loyal to the Lordship of the Isles and so were expelled from their lands around Loch Tay by Robert's son David II (1324-71).

The position of Chief passed to MacMillan of Dunmore in 1742. They had lands in Knapdale on the north shore of Loch Tarbert. The MacMillans were not supporters of the Jacobite uprisings, but some defied the Chief and fought at Culloden.

More recently Daniel Macmillan (1813 - 1857) and his brother Alexander (1817 - 1896) founded the Macmillan Publishing house. Daniel's grandson, Sir Harold Macmillan (1894 - 1986) was the British Prime Minister between 1957 and 1963.

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