MACMILLAN OF KNAP

The Chief's Coat of Arms.

This chiefly coat of arms features a black lion rampant, on a gold field, above which are three azure five pointed stars or mullets.

The Lion Rampant represents bravery, ferocity and valour. Its black (or sable) colour, on the other hand, refers to constancy or grief.

The gold background, or field, refers to Generosity and Elevation of Mind.

The Three 5 pointed stars (or mullets) refer to the Holy Trinity. The Mullets themselves mean nobility, celestial goodness and excellence. And the Azure colour means truth and loyalty.

The coat of arms was originally an actual coat bearing a distinctive design and worn over the knight's armor. The design, also displayed on his helmet was, in time, surmounted by a crest badge, enabling him to be identified at a distance, particularly during tournaments. The Coat of Arms is designed to identify a particular person, and is inherited by that person's heir. Non-chiefly MacMillans may apply for a slightly different version of the Arms, which will be recorded in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearing in Scotland.

Clan MacMillan Crest

The Crest Badge (which can be worn by any Clan MacMillan member) is formally described as a 'two handed sword proper.' The Clan Motto thereon is MISERIS SUCCURRERE DISCO, meaning (in English) "I learn to care for the unfortunate."

Today's Clan MacMillan Chief is George Gordon MacMillan of MacMillan and Knap. He resides at Finlaystone House, Longbank, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His Highland Designation is Mac-mhaoilean-mor-a-Cnaip.(Chiefs, by the way, are not elected. Rather, they inherit their position.) Clan MacMillan's official website can be found here. The site boasts a list of MacMillan septs and related names.

Clan MacMillan's Plant Badge

Plant Badges were occasionally used as a means of distinction, but many of these plant badges would have been hard to identify, especially during a battle. They are, rather, a 'race-plant' of the tribe. Other Clans making use of the Holly as their clan plant are: Drummond and MacLean of Duart. These plant badges are normally worn as a sprig, affixed behind the crest badge. (ref: Frank Adam, The Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands.)

As an aside, apparently, holly tree tours are contemporary tourist attractions of the Rioja area in Spain

Clan MacMillan Tartans

The bright gold and scarlet tartan in the centre recalls Robert the Bruce's Royal Standard, and the strong support given to him by the Clan MacMillan at the Battle of Bannockburn.

For Clan MacMillan's origins in Spain, Ireland and Moray go here

To go back to the MacMillan introductory page: go here

For a list of sources used for Clan McMillan, go here