MACLACHLAN is a Celtic clan. The MacLachlans of that Ilk have resided from time immemorial in Strathlachlan, in Argyllshire. The district was once called Kilmorlie. The first authentic record is that the lands of Gileskel MacLachlan were included in the Sheriffdom of Argyll or Lorn in 1292 by King John Baliol and a charter granted him, and his name appears on the Roll of Magnates of Scotland who sat in the first Parliament of Robert the Bruce at St. Andrews. The name Lachlanson occurs in three charters by Robert the Bruce. In 1587 and 1594 Archibald MacLachlan of Strathlachlan and that Ilk is mentioned. “Corronel MacLachlan” was captured at Philiphaugh in 1645, and executed in Edinburgh Castle. Lachlan MacLachlan, Chief of the clan, was A.D.C. to Prince Charlie. He was killed at Culloden. It is said that his horse made its way home to Strathlachlan alone after the battle. In 1794 Donald MacLachlan of that Ilk was Chief; and the ancient castle has continued to descend to successive chiefs of the clan. There are MacLachlans in Morvern and Lochaber, the principal family of which is MacLachlan of Coruanan.
THE Camerons are of pure Celtic ancestry; and Cameron of Lochiel is the chief house of the Clan. Ewen, younger son of Ewen, 13th Chief of Lochiel, was the founder of the house of Erracht. Donald, 2nd of Erracht, joined Prince Charlie at Glenfinnan, where, under Lochiel, he was second in command of the Camerons. His daughter married Cameron of Scamadale, and had a son, Lieutenant Alexander Cameron, who led the Camerons during the last three hours of Waterloo. His eldest son, Sir Alan Cameron of Erracht, K.C.B., went to America, and with the 84th, or Royal Emigrants, helped to defend Quebec against Arnold. In 1793 he raised the 79th or Cameron Highlanders. Sir Ewen Cameron of the main line Lochiel was one of the greatest cavaliers during the Civil War. His loyalty was perpetuated in Donald Cameron of Lochiel, one of Prince Charlie’s staunchest friends in 1745. Achnacarry is the seat of the Camerons of Lochiel.