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CELTIC KNOT  Colquhoun  CELTIC KNOT
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CREST: A hart's head, couped, Gules, attired, Argent.
MOTTO: Si je puis
TRANSLATION: If I can
PLANT: Hazel
GAELIC NAME: Mac a Chombaich
ORIGIN OF NAME: Place name: Dunbartonshire
WAR CRY: Cnoc Ealachain
PIPE MUSIC: The Colquhoun's March
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CELTIC KNOT  Colquhoun  CELTIC KNOT
Colquhoun is a territorial name from Dumbartonshire. Sir Humphrey de Kilpatrick obtained the land from Malcolm, Earl of Lennox, in the reign of Alexander II (1214-49). His son, Ingram, took the name Colquhoun, but in 1259 Robert de Colquhoun was the first to use the surname. The lands of Luss were added in the next century, when Robert de Kilpatrick married " The Fair Maid of Luss". In 1457 Luss became a barony.
The Colquhoun lands lie on the natural route between the Highlands and the Lowlands and the clan had much trouble with their neighbours, especially the Buchanans, Mac Farlanes and Mac Gregors. In 1602, the Colquhouns were commissioned by King James VI to lure the Mac Gregors into a trap and exterminate them. The Mac Gregors heard of the scheme and were prepared. At Glenfruin 300 Mac Gregors defeated 700 Colquhouns, chased the chief home and stormed his castle. The king was furious that his plan had gone wrong, and it is said that 60 Colquhoun widows mounted on white ponies and carrying 220 bloody shirts on poles cried to him for vengeance. He outlawed the Mac Gregors, making it a capital offence for them to use their own name.
The 13th chief was a dabbler in the Black Arts, yet despite this, was created a baronet of Nova Scotia in 1625 by Charles I. He married the Marquis of Montrose's sister, and eloped with another sister.
Sir Humphrey, 17th Laird of Luss, sat in the last Scottish Parliament, and voted against the Union with England. His only daughter, Anne, married James Grant of Pluscardine in 1702. Her father surrendered the baronetcy and arranged matters so that the clan name and property would be inherited by second sons and so prevented Luss passing to Grant of Grant.
In 1781 the younger son of James Grant succeeded and took the name Colquhoun. The 7th baronet and 28th chief was Sir Iain Colquhoun of Luss, who died in 1948. Sir Iain, who did much to preserve the beauty of Loch Lomond, was chairman of the National Trust for Scotland. Unfortunately, recently the village of Luss was put up for sale.
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