MacDonald  Crest & Coats of Arms

MacDonald Clan Crest:

Crest Description: On a crest coronet Or, a hand in armour fessways couped at the elbow Proper holding a cross crosslet fitchée Gules


MacDonald Coats of Arms:

A note on Coats of Arms:
Under Scottish heraldic law a coat of arms is awarded to an individual (with the exception of civic or corporate arms) . There is no such thing as a ‘family coat of arms’ The arms represented below are personal arms (with the above exceptions). Only the individual granted these arms has the right to use them.  for more information see our pages on heraldry here:


MacDONALD of MacDonald, The Chief of the Name and Arms of Macdonald
Or, an eagle, displayed, Gules, surmounted of a lymphad, sails furled and oars in action, Sable.

The Right Honourable Godfrey James Macdonald of Macdonald,. 8th Lord Macdonald,. Chief of the Name and Arms

Quarterly: 1st, Or, a lion rampant, Gules; 2nd, Or, a dexter arm, issuant from the sinister fess point out of a cloud, Proper, in the hand a cross crosslet fitchée, erect, Azure; 3rd, Argent, a lymphad, sails furled, Sable; 4th, Per fess, Azure and Vert, a dolphin, naiant, Proper.

On 30 April 1965, these arms were matriculated in name of Roderick Hector Macdonald, OBE, of Pymble, New South Wales, Australia. Macdonald was a surgeon whose father was born on on the Isle of Benbecula and died in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1940.