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MacDowall Clan

Named after the district of Galloway which the clan shares its name with, the Macdowall clan are a Scottish clan most associated with the Lowlands and particularly the south-west.

The clan’s main historic seats were located at Garthland Castle and Logan Castle. In modern times, the chiefly family of Macdowall are now in control of Barr Castle near Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire, which was used between the 16th and 18th centuries.

The current clan chief is Fergus Day Hort Macdowall of Garthland.

Details

Septs: MCDOWALL
Motto: VINCERE VEL MORI
Translation: TO CONQUER OR DIE
Crest: (issuant from a crost coronet, Or) A Lion's paw erased and erected, Proper, holding a dagger point upwards, Proper; hilted and pommelled, Or.