McIntosh

Christy's Maiden Name


Origin: The clan is traceable to Shaw McDuff in about 1160. McDuff, who took the name McIntosh, was awarded lands in Inverness for his support of Malcom IV in opposing a rebellion.

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Gaelic Name: Mac an Toisich - Translated it means "Son of the Thane" (chief).
Motto: Touch not the cat bot a glove (Touch not the cat without a glove).
The motto is a warning to those who would be so imprudent as to engage in battle when the claw of
the wildcat is ungloved.

Rallying Cry: Loch Moigh (Loch Moigh was near Inverness & was their home turf).



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Coat of Arms


There are two depictions above, both representing the McIntosh coat of arms.

A description of the shield, from upper left clockwise follows:

1. Red Lion - the lion represents dauntless courage, its red color represents a warrior, brave, strong, generous, & just (the martyr's color).

2. Red Hand and Heart - the hand signifies sincerity, faith, and judgement; the heart - clarity and sincerity. The red color is defined as above.

3. Blue Galley - the galley - a traveler to far places (?)-a naval commander (?). The blue color depicts truth and loyalty.

4. Gold Boar's Head - the boar's head signifies hospitality, a boar stands for bravery; one who fights to the death. The gold color depicts generosity and elevation of mind.



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Crest Badge


The armorial badge, which all members of the clan are entitled to wear embodies the crest of the chief's coat of arms with a wildcat encircled by a strap and buckle bearing the Clan's motto, 'Touch not the cat bot a glove.

 

 

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