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
 

 

18th Chief



Raonuill Mhic Colla-MacDhomhnaill of Keppoch. 18th Chief of the Honourable Clan Ranald of Lochaber Mac Mhic Raonuill. c 1746 - c 1798 (Painting - Raeburn)
 
22nd Chief



Raonuill Alasdair MacDhomhnaill of Keppoch. 22nd Cheif of the Hanourable Clan Ranald of Lochaber. (de-jure 31st Chief) c 2005 (Photo - MacLaren)



Eulogy to Keppoch

By
Gilleasbuig Lachlainn'Illeasbuig
Ceapach Bard

Salute to Ranald Alasdair MacDonald of Keppoch
Chief of the Honourable Clan Ranald of Lochaber
Mac Mhic Raonuill
On his succession to the chiefship

…………

Have you not wondered why there are shouts of joy
That you have heard?
They are the happy rejoicing of our friends


After many years of struggle, anguish and rebuffs
The men are no longer as hinds without their stag
Or lambs without their shepherd
The Lyon has at long last recognised
That Raonuill Mac 'ic Raonuill of the yellow shirt
And singing voice is their true chief


We knew it all along
As a mother knows that she will bring forth her child
Or the captain that he will bring his ship safely home
But the blessed relief is a time for joy!


For one hundred and fifty six years
The Keppie have been like the twelve tribes
Wandering in the wilderness
But at last they have found their Moses, their Joshua


He is a bountiful man the true heir
Of the dearbh fine of Mac 'ic Raonuill
The true descendant of the Lords of the Isles
And Conn of the Hundred Battles


He lays before the deaf the sound of music
The song of the birds and their loved ones
The chilled no long huddle from the cold
As they rejoice in the warmth that he offers them
Have you not wondered why that there are shouts of joy
That you have heard?



 




E-mail: ranald@macdonaldofkeppoch.org