Clan Macdowell of Galloway, Scotland; a fabulous tale tells how the clan were descended from Dovall, who killed Northatus the Tyrant in 230 B.C. Macdowell is of the Royal House of Galloway and probably settled in the area from Ireland in the 7th century. The early pedigree includes Uchtred, the ninth Laird of Garthland, who married Isabel Gordon, and his sonThomas, were both killed at the Battle of Flodden in September 1513, and were descended from Sir Fergus Macdowall, the fifth Laird of Garthland, who was taken prisoner by the English at the Battle of Homildon in 1401; he was the grandson of..Fergus M’douall, sheriff depute for Kirkcudbright, son of Fergus M’douall, 2nd Laird of Garthland who was the son of Dougal, founder of the clan and who was descended from Dougal, co-Lord of Galloway and who was granted the estate of Garthland in 1295 by his brother-in-law, John Balliol, King of Scotland and Lord of Galloway, who was the son Devorgilla who married John de Balliol, the Anglo-Norman Lord of Barnard Castle and was the daughter and heiress of Alan, died 1234, last native Lord of Galloway and Margaret, daughter of David, Earl of Huntingdon and granddaughter of David I, King of Scotland; Alan was the grandson of the said Dougal, second son of Furgus, Lord of Galloway, who died circa 1150.
Arms: Azure, a lion rampant argent, crowned of a ducal coronet or.
Crest (issuant from a crest coronet or) a lion’s paw erased and erected proper holding a dagger point upwards proper, hilted and pommelled or.
Motto: Vincere vel mori (To conquer or die).