Clan Macalister of Loup, Scotland. Descended either from Alastair Mor, son of Donald, Lord of the Isles, or from Alexander I (died 1299), Lord of the Isles, eldest son of Angus Mor and grandson of Donald. The Macalister lands of Loup were confirmed to the Lords of the Isles in a charter by King James III. Charles Macalister was constable of Tarbert Castle in 1482 and received a grant of lands in Kintyre. In 1598, Godfrey Macalister killed his tutor and guardian, Charles Macalister, whose sons he then besieged at Askomull. In 1600 the clan raided Arran and seized the house and estates of John Montgomery of Skelmorlie. In 1602, Archibald Macalister of Tarbert, led a raid on Bute. Archibald was later hanged in Edinburgh. Also of this clan are the Alexanders of Stirlingshire, and William Alexander of Menstrie who devised the scheme, whereby anyone who invested in Nova Scotia would be honoured with the title of Baronet of Nova Scotia, was created Earl of Stirling in 1631.
Arms: Or, an eagle displayed gules, armed sable, surmounted on the breast of a galley of the first within a bordure of the third charged with three cross crosslets fitchee argent.
Crest: A dexter arm in armour erect, the hand holding a dagger in pale all proper.
Motto: (Above the crest) Fortiter (Boldly) On Compartment: Per mare per terras (By sea and by land)