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The Motto

The motto of Clan MacLeod is "Hold Fast", and throughout the centuries their Chiefs have endeavoured to do so.

On our MacLeod crest is emblazoned a bull's head, with the motto "HOLD FAST"

This originates from Malcolm the third chief (1296-1370) who while returning from a clandestine visit to the wife of Fraser of Glenelg, was confronted by a mad bull in Glenelg. Armed only with a 'Dirk' he slew the beast. As a souvenir of his prowess he retained one of the Bull's Horns. This horn is on display in the castle today. It is a great clan treasure, indeed to this day, each male heir has to prove his manhood by successfully draining this horn filled with Claret. So Malcolm's exploit in Glenelg is far from forgotten.   

Although three individual Chiefs in the last seven generations have been comprehensively ruined by the apocalyptic difficulties caused by the unrelenting hostility from centralised government towards the Clan system practised behind the Highland line, they have remained faithful to the Rock.

Dunvegan Castle is said to be the oldest inhabited castle in Northern Scotland, having been occupied by the Chiefs of MacLeod continuously, for over seven centuries and still today remaining the Ancestral home of the present chief, Hugh MacLeod of MacLeod, the 30th of the line, and his family.   

So HOLD FAST MacLeod may you continue to live at Dunvegan Castle.