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The Clan MacLea - the Highland Livingstones

The Highland Livingstones are a one of the oldest clans in Scotland and were originally known by the Gaelic name McOnlea now spelt McLea or MacLea.

Based on the Isle of Lismore, Livingstones and McLeas still live in the area. At one time the clan lands were extensive but were largely acquired by Campbell’s in the sixteenth century.

The present Chief is Niall Livingstone of Bachuil, Chief of the Highland Clan MacLea, Coarb of St Moluag, Hereditable Keeper of the Great Staff of St Moluag, Baron of the Bachuil ‘by the Grace of God’ Niall Mconlea na Maconlea agus Bachuil, Baran a’ Bhachuill – so recognised the Lord Lyon, King of Arms.

The Motto is “Ni Mi E Ma's Urrain Dhomh” which translates as “I shall do it if I can” and the slogan is “Cnoc Aingeil” which is the Pictish burial mound behind the Chief’s house at Bachuil.

The crest is a demi-man representing the figure of Saint Moluag Proper, his head ensigned of a circle of glory Or, having about his shoulders a cloak Vert, holding in his dexter hand the great Staff of Saint Moluag Proper and in his sinister hand a cross crosslet fitchée Azure.

Although many clan books suggest that the Livingstones are septs of the Stewarts of Appin, the Campbells or the McDougalls of Dunollie, the truth is very different as the clan predates all three.

Last updated 22 May, 2008