Maclaine of Lochbuie
Clan Maclaine of Lochbuie on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. Descended from Gilleathan Na Tuaidh (Gillean of the Battle-axe), who fought against King Haakon of Norway at the Battle of the Largs in 1263; his son signed himself as Gillemoir Macilyn in the Ragman Roll of 1296, swearing fealty to Edward I of England. Gillean’s grandson, Malcolm fought at Bannockburn, and his son, Iain Dubh was the father of Eachainn Reaganach or Hector the Stern, founder of the Macleans , eventually the Maclaines of Lochbuie, and also Lachlan Lubanach, or Lachlan the Wily, who founded the Macleans of Duart, a separate clan to Maclaine. Hector was granted lands in Mull by the Lords of the Isles, circa1350 and built a tower on Loch Buie which served as the seat for the chiefs until 1752 when the Lochbuie House was built. Iain Og, 5th Chief, decapitated his son, Ewan in battle in 1538, which led to the clan legend of the headless horseman. Lochbuie held land on Mull, Scarba, Jura, Morvern and Locheil. These lands formed the barony of Moy in 1542. John Mor, seventh chief fought and killed an Italian master swordsman in a challenge in front of the king. His son, Hector, 8th chief, began spelling the clan name Maclaine. The 10th chief, Murdoch Mor fought for the king during the Civil War and thus lost his lands until after the Restoration. The 12th chief, Hector fought for James II of England and VII of Scotland at the Battle of Knockbreck in 1689.
Arms: Quarterly, 1st, Argent, a lion rampant gules; 2nd, or, a lymphad sails furled, oars in saltire sable, flagged gules; 3rd, Or, a dexter hand fessways couped gules, holding a cross crosslet fitchee azure; 4th, azure, a tower embattled argent, masoned sable.
Crest: A branch of laurel and a branch of cypress in saltire surmounted of a battle axe in pale all proper.
Motto: Vincere vel mori (To conquer or die).