Gaelic Name: Mac Dubhghaill
Motto: Vincere Vel Mori (To conquer or die)
Badge: Sprig of Oak
Origin of Name: Gaelic, son of Dubhghall, ‘dark stranger’
Seat: Barr Castle
Clan Chief: Fergus D.H. McDowall of Garthland
The ancient history of Galloway has a long connection with the name MacDowall. Galloway, a district in the south west of Scotland, took its name from the Galli or Gaelic settlers of the six and seven hundreds AD. There are many legends that exist in Galloway including the story that Dovall of Galloway killed Nothatus the Tyrant in 230 BC, and it is also said that the Galloway Royal House resisted the Roman armies.
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