Crest: An arm supporting on the point of a sword, a Moor’s head
Motto: Think On
Origin of Name: Gaelic, ‘Son of the Servant of St Filan’
Clan Chief: None, armigerous clan
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The name originates from the Gaelic ‘MacGillie Ffaolain’ or ‘son of the servant of St Filan’. The name Filan actually derives from the celtic ‘faelchu’ which means ‘wolf’. St Filan lived around c.700, travelling widely around Scotland and built a church at Strathfillan.
The clan has a very long history, being mentioned in a charter of King Alexander in 1217, and is associated with Galloway from 1273.
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