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The Malcolm Family
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Written and Researched by Margaret [nee Knight] Sypniewski, B.F.A.

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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)