Skip to content Skip to footer

MacLellan Family History & Ancestry

Family Crest Motto: THINK ON

Let me share the fascinating history of your family, the Maclellans, hailing from the vibrant realm of Galloway. The past shines bright upon your lineage, for in 1633, your prominent forebearer earned the noble title of ‘Lord Kirkudbright’. Yet, as time weaves its tapestry, the clan’s unity has become fractured, and the path to peerage succession remains cloaked in mystery. Allow me to shed light on the earliest threads of your story, as recorded references trace back to Maclellan of Bondeby’s land grant in 1135. Furthermore, David and Duncan MacLellan made their mark within a charter of Alexander II in 1217.

The rise of your family’s fortunes in Galloway unfurled with the granting of privileges to the Kirkudbright burgh in 1455, an honor inherited by the Maclellans of Bombie, who skillfully prospered from trade taxation with England. Thomas Maclellan of Bombie donned the mantle of Provost of Kirkudbright in 1565, a position that echoed his family’s eminence. Amidst his achievements and his occasional lapses, Thomas was appointed a Gentleman of the Bedchamber in 1580. The foundations of your legacy solidified with the construction of Kirkudbright Castle, also known as Maclellan’s Castle, situated on the former Friars Church site. Though time may have worn away some of its grandeur, its remnants stand resilient.

The spirited and often tempestuous Sir Robert Maclellan of Bombie ascended to the peerage as Lord Kirkudbright during the reign of Charles I. His nephew, the second Lord Kirkudbright, Thomas Maclellan, passionately embraced the Covenanters’ cause, accompanying General Leslie on his English incursion. In the tumultuous War of the Three Kingdoms, the third Lord Kirkudbright shouldered substantial debts while championing the king’s side, resulting in the depletion of Maclellan estates. Even after the Scots’ defeat at Dunbar, the reward bestowed upon Kirkudbright was the honor of bearing Charles II’s train during his coronation at Scone in 1651.

The lineage’s trajectory took a winding path, as the title transitioned from cousin to brother to cousin, with only a handful of direct male heirs. In the wake of the third Lord’s passing, James, fifth Lord Kirkudbright, met an early demise in 1730 as an unmarried minor, transferring the title to the Maclellan of Balmangan family. John, the seventh Lord Kirkudbright, born in 1729, carved a military career, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Six years hence, he petitioned the King, securing his rightful title and a seat in the House of Lords. Yet, despite the accolades, the chiefly family’s circumstances dwindled. The penultimate and final bearers of the Lord Kirkudbright title struggled to enhance their lot, with the ninth and last Lord, Camden Gray Maclellan, passing away in Bruges in 1832, leaving the title dormant, but the indelible legacy of your family’s story endures.

SHARE WITH OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

The Family Crest

Wherever in the world you live, embrace your family heritage and adorn your home with a timeless symbol of your family legacy with our crafted Family Crests.

Family Crest Motto: THINK ON

$99.00

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

Copyright Notice: This artwork is protected by copyright law. Unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or usage of this artwork without explicit permission from ScottishFamilyCrest.com is strictly prohibited.