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The Malcolm Clan/Family
Written and Researched by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewska
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Music playing is called "The Rowan Tree"
from Bagpipes At Best

The Rowan Tree is the MacCallum/Malcolm Society's Clan Song.(see link below)

Malcolm ... Malcolm Arms

Left: Malcolm Crest Badge (a tower, argent). Right: The Malcolm Arms
Motto: In ardua petit (He aims at difficult things)

Malcolm Plaid

The Malcolm Tartan

Rowan Tree

The Rowan Tree is the Malcolm Clan's Plant Badge

The Rowan Tree (Sorbus aucuparia) "is similar to the American Mountain-ash but it has smaller, bluntly pointed leaflets, 0.8 to 2 inches long and 0.5 to 0.8 of an inch wide, often somewhat hairy below. It used as an ornamental in North America" (Brockman, Frank, A Field Guide to Identification: TREES of North America. New York: Golden Press, 1968, 164).

More on The Lore of the Rowan Tree

The Maccallums derive their name from "Mac Ghille Chaluim," "son of the disciple of Columba." Another version is that it is from the Gaelic word calaman which means "dove." The dove represented the Holy Spirit in Christianity. Calaman translated into Latin is columba. St Columba was the Irish saint who established the monastery on Iona Isle in Scotland.

Saint Columba

Early followers of Columba "maol Chaluim" ... which eventually became the surname Malcolm. They settled in Lorn, probably towards the end of the thirteenth century. "Maol" or "shaven head," became synonymous in Gaelic for "monk," and thus "Maol Chaluim" can be translated as "monk," or "disciple of Columba," and four Scottish kings carried this name:

Maccolumb is recorded in a charter of 1094 (Way, George, Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia New York: Barnes and Noble, 1998).

Dr. Ian Grimble noted in his book Scottish Clans and Tartans that Maccullum and Malcolm are separate names. Malcolm appears as a surname in Dunbartonshire and Stirlingshire as early as the fourteeth century.

Between 1189 and 1214, the spelling of Malcholum occurs (Kelso,139)

    The Ragman Rolls of 1296, showing those who pledged their loyality to Edward I, "the hammer," included the following Malcolms:

  1. Maucolum (Maukelom), Aleyn fiz (del counte de Berewyk)
    which translates to - Alan Malcolm/Maucolum fitz of the county of Berwickshire, Scotland.

  2. Maucolum, Huwe le fiz (burgois de Monros)
    translates to Hugh Malcolm/Maucolum the fiz/fitz, burgess/citizen of Montrose
    a burgess was a freeman representative of a borough.

  3. Maucolum, Maucolum fiz (del counte de Perth)
    Malcolm Malcolm/Maucolum fitz of the county of Perth.

Another Malcomessone/Malcomson was listed on the Ragman Rolls of 1296. He was Symond Malcomeffone (f's = s's) and was from the County of Berwickshire. Malcomson is regarded as a sept (sub-brnach) of the Malcolm/MacCallum clan.

Maolchalium was the first full form of the modern Malcolm. This spelling was used in some families until the seventeeth century.

From 1189-1214 Malcholom was used.

From 1247-1264 Malcholoni is found.

In 1256, Malcolumb, a native of Scotland, was charged with murder and robbery before an assive at Newcastle-0n-Tyne. This English town was built by Henry II (1154-1189)on the site of a forress built by the eldest son of William the Conqueror, in 1080. It was located between the Tyne River and Hadrian's Wall. Edward I walled this city which was defended against the Scots. Charles I (1625-1649) was imprisoned here for nine months, until he was "sold" to the English in 1647.

John Malcolm of Balbedie, Lochore, and Innertial was granted a charter of the Barony of Balbedie and Lochore in 1662. He had three Sons:

  1. John of Innertial (d. 1729) was made baroney of Nova Scotia in 1665.

  2. Michael of Balbedie

  3. Alexander of Lochore was created Lord Lochore in 1688. Dugald MacCallum of Poltalloch, Argyll, inherited the estate in 1779. John Wingfield Malcolm (1833-1902) was made Lord Malcolm of Poltallech.

The clan McCallum was first established (in records) in northern Argyllshire. Sir Duncan Campbell granted the McCallums land on the Craignish peninsula in 1414. The MacCallums were heriditary constables of Craignish Castle in the 15th century. This was made possible by the Campbells. The Campbells also granted land to Donald, the son of Ranald McCallum, the hereditary keeper of Craignish Castle. Another branch had land in Poltalloch (in Argyll) given to them by the Campbells. This was given to Donald, the son of Gillespie MacCallum of Duntrune. Before 1850, the chieftain of the family of Poltalloch MacCullums changed their name from MacCallum to Malcolm for "aesthetic reasons." However, there is no genealogical connection between the McCallums and the Malcolms.John Wingfield Malcolm the 15th Laird of Poltalloch was created Lord Malcolm in 1896 and died in 1902.

The surname Malcolm is associated first with Dunbartonshire and Stirling, in the 14th century, and later with Dumfrieshire. In the reigns of David II (1329-1371) and Robert II (1371-1390), we find charters granting lands to Malcolms in Stirlingshire. In the 18th century a George Malcolm had three sons who were members of the Order of the Bath. Two of his sons were generals and one was an admiral. General Sir John Malcolm was the British representative in the court of the Shah of Persia and published a history of Persia in 1815. His brother Admiral Sir Pultney Malcolm commanded St Helena during Napoleon's exile there after teh Battle of Waterloo. Malcolm Arms:

    See above left

  1. Neil Malcolm, Esquire of Poltalloch, Argyll - a tower, argent. Motto: In ardua petit, "he aims at lofty/difficult things."

  2. Malcolm - a demi-swan, rising, ar.

  3. Malcolm - Bart. Scot., on a mount, vert., a pyramid, encircled by a wreath of laurel, ppr. Motto: Ardua tendo, "he has attempted difficult things."

My Malcolm Family:

My grandfather, William Clark Malcolm came to the USA, from Fifeshire, Scotland, in the early 1900's. He settled in Detroit, Michigan. This is where my Malcolm line begins.

Leslie, one of the parishes where the Malcolms were baptized and married The town that my Malcolms left behind The Malcolm Family Tree Duntrune Castle, seat of the Malcolm Clan (Argyll, Scotland) Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society

In older records, Malcolm is often listed as Callum. There is a debate as to whether the Malcolms and MacCallums are from the same stock, most think they are. The earlier genealogy of Malcolm can be traced to the year 1450.

Sir Duncan Campbell, of Lochow, was said to have granted his land in Craignish (on the banks of Loch Avich) to Reginald MacCallum of Corbarron in 1414. Sir Duncan was the hereditary constable of the castles Lochaffy and Craignish. Corbarron was given to the last of the family, Zachary MacCallum of Poltalloch. "The MacCallums were in Poltalloch previous to 1562, and Duguld MacCallum of Poltalloch, who suceeded to the estate in 1779, is said to be the first to adopt the name Malcolm permanently" (Bain, Robert, The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow: Fontana/Collins, 1985, 232)

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