Crest:A dexter arm in armour embowed, proper, garnished or, grasping a dagger proper.
Motto: Et Marte Et Arte (By strength and art).
Historic Lands: Tulloch Castle, Dingwall
Clan Chief: None, armigerous clan
Origin of Name: ‘Ban’ (Gaelic) ‘Fair’
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The Clan Bain has no connection with MacBain or MacBean. In fact the clan is closely associated with Clan MacKay in the far North West of Scotland.
Around 1427 an internal feud broke out within clan MacKay which split the the clan into two factions. On one side was the ageing chef of the clan Angus Du Mackay and his second son while on the other were his cousins Morgan Neilson and Niel Neilson MacKay. This second faction were backed by the men of Clan Sutherland, a huge insult to the old chief as the Sutherlands were long time enemies of the Clan.
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