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Clan McArthur




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              Motto: Fide Et Opera (By fidelity and Work)

                Arms: Azure, a cross Moline argent between three antique coronets

              Badge: Two laurel branches in orle, proper

            Tartans: MacArthur

     Plant Badge: Fir club moss, wild myrtle

    Gaelic Name: MacArtuir

               Motto: Fide et Opera  ( by faith & work )
           War Cry:
Eisd! O'Eisd! (Listen! O Listen!)

Origin of Name: Son of Arthur

Septs: (some of ) Arthur McArthur MacArther McArther McAuthur MacAuthur McArthor MacArtair McArthure Makarturicht Maccaiter Makkerthrye M'Carthur Maccarter M'Erthir Mc Harter M'Arthur Makarthure M'Carthair M'Artour M'Carthour McCarthair M'Artoure M'Arthor M'Arthour M'Carter M'Airthour M'Cairter M'Kartur McHarter McKerter MacArtur McKairtour M'Cairtter McAtur Makcairtour Mackartar MacArter McCarturMcerter McArter M"Cartour Maccart McArtor M'Arthure Makarta M'Cartur mcArthour Magarta M'Arthur Mecarta McArta mcArtor MacArta MacAtair McCartor Carter MacArtar mcArthor Cartter McArtair Makarthour MacArtor McArther McCarter Mcarthor MacArthor McArtour Mcartur

Clan MacArthur is one of the most ancient and revered clans from Argyll & the Highlands, so ancient as to make modern research difficult. They had resided there so long that, even in Celtic days, they were the subject of a celebrated couplet


        "The hills and streams and MacAlpine but whence came forth MacArthur?"


Another saying known by Highlanders was:


             "There is nothing older, unless, the hills, MacArthur and the devil"


There is some uncertainty whether our forebears sprang from Cormac MacArt, third-century king of Ireland, whose descendants spread to what is now known as Argyll, or from later ancestors. However, we do know that our early kinsmen supported one of Scotland's great heroes, Robert the Bruce, in his struggle for Scotland's independence in the early 14th century.


After Bruce's success at the battle of the Pass of Brander in 1308, the MacArthurs were given large grants of land in Argyll. The Clan remained a powerful force until 1427 when our then Chief, Iain (or John), "a leader of a thousand men" was beheaded by King James I of Scotland.


The clan held the chiefship of the clan Campbell until the 15th century.


Iain and other clan chiefs opposed James' policy of a strong central government for Scotland, which they feared would lead to the dissolution of the ancient clan system. This attempt by James to eliminate his opposition so enraged many Highland clans that a year later Alexander of the Isles marched on Inverness with 10,00 men and destroyed it.


Following the tragedy of 1427, the power of the MacArthurs was greatly reduced, and many Clan members left the area. Some settled in the Western Isles where they became celebrated pipers. Several MacArthur names holding prominent positions appear in the 15th century annals of Argyll.


This leads historians to believe some MacArthurs had regained lands they lost following the tragedy of 1427. Many MacArthurs left Scotland after the infamous Battle of Culloden in 1746 and settled in the New World.


Their descendants today continue to keep the MacArthur name both respected and honoured.

The MacArthurs of Strachur were the principal family of the clan after the execution, and one of it members, John MacArthur became the respected 'father of New South Wales'. He travelled with the 102nd Regiment to Sydney in 1790 and was Commandant at Parramatta until 1804. He took an enormous interest in the development of Australia and it was through his concentrations of sheep breeding and the founding of the first vineyard, that two of Australias greatest industries were created.   

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t....the Clan Line cargo vessel Clan MacArthur which was launched in October 1935.
It was torpedoed and sunk by U-181 off Madagascar on 12th August 1943 with the loss of 53 crew members. 

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