Legend behind the MacLachlan Coat of Arms

MacLachlan - Chief's Coat of Arms

MacLachlan – Chief’s Coat of Arms

There is an old Scottish tale behind the MacLachlan Coat of Arms. Legend has it that the reason behind the two roebucks (deers) supporting the MacLachlan Chief’s Coat of Arms came in 1249, when King Alexander II made his great show of strength in Argyll, he ordered the local chiefs to send their money (taxes) by the fastest messenger, and Lachlan Msr (the younger) tied the moneybags to the horns of a roebuck. In wonder if this was a statement by the MacLachlan chief about paying taxes. Deer’s are fast but not exactly reliable transport.

5 thoughts on “Legend behind the MacLachlan Coat of Arms

  1. Scott Denison

    While the story reflects the representation of part of the Armorial; this isn’t the Clan Chief’s Coat of Arms. Portrayed in a diamond shape it is the Armorial of his wife.

    • Stéphane

      Bonjour je suis a la recherche d’information concernant ces armories pouvez vous me renseignez d’avantage svp? Merci d’avance

  2. Jan MacLachlan

    It is my understanding that a coat of arms did not belong to a clan, it belonged to the Chief. Therefore there would be several coats of arms under the MacLachlan clan. Is this correct?


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