The MacNaughton clan are believed to have been descended from the early Pictish leaders of the Mormaer of Moray and it is believed that part of the name is derived from the Pictish nectan meaning “pure” or “clear”.
The clan would go on to hold lands in many areas of Scotland including Strathtay, Lewis, Argyll, and Galloway. It is however, in Argyll, that the chief family of the clan would construct their historic seat at Dunderave Castle near Inveraray. The castle was built in the 16th century and remains in good condition to today on the banks of Loch Fyne.
The current clan chief is Sir Malcolm Francis MacNaghten of MacNaghten.