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Symbols of the Family

Gaelic Name: MacAilpein

(Son of Alpin)

 

Slogan/War-Cry: Cuimhnich Bàs Ailpein

(Remember the Death of Alpin)

Though not recorded in the Court of the Lord Lyon in Scotland, this war cry has been identified as being associated with our Clan by a former and most respected Lord Lyon.

 

Plant Badge: Giuthas

(Scots Pine)

Though not recorded in the Court of the Lord Lyon in Scotland, this plant badge has been identified as being associated with our Clan by a former and most respected Lord Lyon.

 

Crest Badge: No Official Crest Badge

No MacAlpine Chiefly Arms, of which a crest would be a part, have ever been recorded in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland by the Court of the Lord Lyon. Therefore, the Court has advised us against the use of any crest in a strap and buckle. A former Lord Lyon did describe the Clan's ancient crest as a boar's head. Also, a crest in common useage today is that of a bearded man's severed head dripping blood which is taken from "Fairbairn's Book of Crests." Again, because no MacAlpine Chiefly Arms have ever been recorded in the Lyon Register, either crest is considered by the Court to be "fictitious" and, accordingly, we strongly advise against the use of these crests. A Clan's Crest Badge is necessarily related to the Armorial Bearings (Coat of Arms), of which the crest is a part, of its Chief and represents the clansman's loyalty to a particular individual. Members of the Clan are permitted to wear the Chief's crest in a "Strap and Buckle Crest Badge" as a show of loyalty to their Chief. Without a recognized Chief, there is no officially recognized Clan crest badge. Our Society is working toward the official recognition of a Clan MacAlpine Leader. Hopefully, this will some day result in the granting of Chiefly Armorial Bearings including a crest that will be available for wear as a crest badge by Clan members. Until that time, we suggest that our Clan Plant Badge be worn to show your allegiance to our Clan. A sprig of pine in your cap or on your sash or shirt is a perfectly appropriate way to send the message of your ties to Clan MacAlpine!

 

Clan Tartans: Two Are Officially Registered

These tartans are recorded in the Register of All Publicly Known Tartans. The Register is maintained by the Scottish Tartan Society.

 

Lands Held (Anciently)

The area is Dunstaffnage in Argyll, near Oban. There is also a picture that presents a view of the Dunstaffnage area with Dunstaffnage Castle, built in later years by the MacDougals, in the background. Other areas under direct MacAlpine control included the Royal Palace at Forteviot (For-tev-ee-ot); King Kenneth moved his capital here after defeating the Picts and in the face of increasing Viking raids in Argyllshire.

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