Clan Mac Ewen
Clan MacEwen is a Highland Scottish clan. The clan does not have a chief recognized by Lord Lyon King of Arms and as such the clan can be considered an Armigerous clan - although descendants of the clan are undergoing discussions to create a meeting to remedy this (see further down). The spelling of Clan MacEwen's name pre-dates widespread literacy and many variations of the spelling can be found - as well as many variations on the surname.
The principal clan with the name MacEwen was Clan MacEwen of Otter that was centred in a castle on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll. The MacEwens of Otter's traditional ancestry is entwined with several local clans such as Clan Lamont, Clan Maclachlan, Clan MacNeil of Barra, and the MacSweens, all claim descent from Anrothan O'Neill, who left Ireland for Kintyre in the 11th century. All of these clans can claim a further descent from the legendary Niall Noigíallach, High King of Ireland, who lived from the mid 4th century to early 5th century. In the 15th century the MacEwens of Otter lost their lands to the Campbells, and since then the line of chiefs has been untraced. The MacEwens were then known as a broken clan (landless).
Famous quotes containing the word clan:
“It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary, slow, subversive of a mans interests, and incompatible with quick onward movement.”
—Anthony Trollope (18151882)