For centuries the motto of the Clan MacLeod has been HOLD FAST. It is emblazoned above the bull’s head on the MacLeod crest.


The motto originates from Malcolm MacLeod (3rd Chief 1296-1370). On his way back from a clandestine meeting in Glenelg, Malcolm was confronted by a wild bull. As he wrestled with it, his clansmen who were nearby shouted ‘Hold Fast MacLeod’. He overcame the bull and dispatched it with his dirk. ‘Hold Fast’ has been the clan motto ever since.