ENSIGNS ARMORIAL :, THEREFORE, the Lord Lyon King of Arms, for aught yet seen (Primo) MAINTAINS, RATIFIES and CONFIRMS unto the Petitioner and his heirs male, Chief of the Name and Arms of MacDonald of Keppoch and of the Honourable Clanranald, Mac'ic Raonuill, the following Ensigns Armorial, videlicet:- Quarterly, 1st, Or, a lion rampant Gules armed and langued Azure, 2nd, Argent, a dexter hand Gules holding a cross crosslet fitchée Sable, 3rd, Argent, a lymphad sails unfurled and oars in action Sable flagged Gules, 4th, Azure, a salmon naiant Proper. Above the Shield is placed an Helm befitting his degree with a Mantling Gules doubled Or 6 7 , and on a Wreath of the Liveries is set for Crest an eagle displayed Gules crowned of a ducal coronet Or, and in an Escrol over the same this Motto "AIR MUIR 'S TIR" and in another Escrol below the same this Motto "DIA 'S NAOMH AINDREA"; and on a compartment below the Shield comprising a rock Proper charged with the outline of a footprint are set for Supporters two wild boars Azure armed Argent langued Gules crined Or, each holding a Lochaber axe, its head facing outwards, Proper the cutting edge Sanguinée; and for his Standard three and a half metres long having Azure a St. Andrew's Cross Argent in the hoist of two tracts Gules and Or with his Crest depicted once and the slogan "DIA 'S NAOMH AINDREA" in letters Sable in the fly; and for his Pinsel 135 centimetres long and 60 centimetres high Gules, bearing the foresaid Crest within a strap of leather Gules buckled and embellished Argent inscribed with the Motto "AIR MUIR 'S AIR TIR" in letters also Argent all within a circlet of the Last, fimbriated Azure, bearing his title "MAC'IC RAONUILL" in letters Gules and in the fly, surmounted of a sprig of white heather Proper, being the proper plant-Badge of Clanranald of Lochaber, the slogan "DIA 'S NAOMH AINDREA" in letters Sable, and (Secundo) GRANTS WARRANT to the Lyon Clerk to matriculate the foresaid Ensigns Armorial in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland.

NB. The use of the wild boar symbol, is the ancient Celtic Gael symbol of both war and kingly, derived from the Sun ( masculine ). It is also symbolic and directly associated with the Dunadd Boar Stone in Dalriata, the ancient crowning stone of the first Kings of Scots up to Kenneth MacAlpine. The twin boars are standing on the Boar Stone each hold a lochaber axe sanguine ( bloodied ).The footprint on the stone is where the king placed his barefoot while being inaugurated, and is shown on the stone beside the boar's foot.The king wore a white gown to signify purity of spirit. On his head was placed the Scottish gold crown. He held the sword of state in one hand, and held the septre in the other hand, signifying the right to rule over his people.
Memorial Appeal
 
KEPPOCH CHIEFTAINS


1) Aladair Ranald MacDonald, Fear-dealbhadair ( Artist )
2) Ranald Alasdair MacDonald, Fear-cuinntais ( C.A. )
3) Coll Seamus, Fear-togal- ( Builder )
4) Stanley Drake, Fear-tarruing dealbh ( Artistic Limner)
5) David Brittain, Fear-lagha ( Lawyer )
6) Archibald MacPherson (Bard)
7) Professor William Gillies, Fear-Comhairleach ( Gaidhlig Adviser )
8) Dr Jon G MacLennan M.D., Fear-seanachaidh ( Clan Historian )

Coinneach Mor Og, Fear-ciuil, Sgriobh-ciuil, Fear-deanamh fuaim Musician, Composer, Sound Engineer, son and heir to the Chiefship of Keppoch

Domhnall MacDhomhnaill, Fear-caidreamach oibrich (Social Worker)

Cumha na Domhnaill MacDhomhnaill
Ceann-fine na Ceapaidh
By Mac Mhic Raonuil
June 2007
He was only 49 years old when he died of a heart attach on 1 June 2007.

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Mac Peather mo bhrathair

Donald MacDonald, my brother's son
A nephew that no man could disdain
Proud of his bloodline, yet modest and kind
Quiet and resourceful, strong in his mind

He cared for the weak, the poor, and lonely
A man of the people no one; can gainsy that
Steadfast in his effort, to transform their lives
Their fathers, their mothers, their husbands, their
wives

His gift as a Bard,was used with discretion
God gave him that gift, to serve all in need
Without failing he served, wherever He called him
He gave of his best, in thought, mind and deed

A father whose children, will never forgot him
He cherished them all, his wife, and his home
Hard working and loving,steadfast and loyal
You cannot replace him, how far you may roam

A Chieftain of Keppoch, from the moment of birth
He laughed, and he joked, of such merits of worth
But deep in his heart, he knew only too well
What was his by his birthright, he cherished so well

I am proud of my nephew, his work and his life
He led by example, for children, and wife
He led,his proud heart, could lead him no more
He strived, till his last breath,had evened the score

So let us remember,someone we hold dear
Someone in our family, who has had to move on
To a place, we may dream of,but must wait to attain
In time, we will meet him, and all who have gone


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E-mail: ranald@macdonaldofkeppoch.org