Clan MacAlpine

Basic Info.


Gaelic Name: MacAilpein (Son of Alpin)
Motto: Cuimhnich Bàs Ailpein (Remember the Death of Alpin)
Lands: Dunstaffnage in Argyll, near Oban. Other areas under MacAlpine control included the Royal Palace at Forteviot, where King Kenneth moved his capital after subjugating the Picts and because of increasing Viking raids in Argyll. There is a sizeable cluster of MacAlpin(e)s around Kilmartin
Origin of Name: Son of Alpin
Clan Chief: None


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MacAlpine Tartan

MacAlpine Modern

MacAlpine Modern

MacAlpine Clan tartan

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Clan History

Kenneth MacAlpine

Kenneth MacAlpin

MacAlpine History

It seems strange that a surname apparently descended from Alpin, father of Kenneth MacAlpin (Cináed mac Ailpín, Coinneach mac Ailpein) has never had a Chief of Names and Arms. The reality is that there are no connected genealogies back to Alpin, despite claims of seven established Clans to descend from him (Clan Grant, Clan Gregor, Clan MacAulay, Clan Macfie, Clan Mackinnon, Clan Macnab, and Clan MacQuarrie, collectively called the Siol Alpin).

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Clan Lands

MacAlpine Lands

MacAlpine Map

MacAlpine Map – from Gill Humphrys’ Clan Map of Scotland

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