Courtly Lives - Clan Maccallum/Malcolm

The Malcolm (Maccallum) Clan

The Maccallums derive their name from "Mac Ghille Chaluim," "son of the disciple of Columba." 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, and no less than four Scottish kings were so named. Malcolm means "devotee of St Columba."

The MacCallums were constables of Craignish Castle in the 15th century. Another branch had land in Poltalloch. Before 1850, the head of the family of Poltalloch changed their name from MacCallum to Malcolm for "aesthetic reasons." John Wingfield Malcolm of Poltalloch was created Lord Malcolm in 1896 and died in 1902.

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.

For More Information About Clan MacCallum/Malcolm:

J.R. McCallum, Sec/Treas.
Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society
Box 494
Carrboro, NC 27510
Jon McCollum, President

Address of Malcolm Clan Chief:

Robin Malcolm of Poltalloch
Duntrune Castle
Kilmartin, Argyll PA31 8QQ

Malcolm Photographs Malcolm Photos 2 The Malcolm Family The Malcolm Family Tree Duntrune Castle
Clan MacCallum/Malcolm Society Saint Columba

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