Meaning of Name:
First, Foremost, or Leader. Possibly Tempest, Storm or the Wolf
Gaelic of Name:
Na Siach, or Mhic
Fide et Fortitudine.
(By Faith and by
Fortitude. We force nae friend, we fear nae foe)
A Dexter Arm, the hand holding the dagger, pale, proper
or Boxwood (By old tradition, also a sprig of fir)
Rant, The Shaws
Nr. Crathie, Glenshee
and Glenisla, Harris and Jura
Ceud Mhille Failté!
One Hundred Thousand Welcomes to the tribal website outlining the history, culture, heritage and lands of the worldwide Scottish Highland family of
THE CLAN SHAW – ‘CLOINN NA SI’EACH’
A Brief Foreword
As the Celtic clan ethos was and is inclusive, we warmly embrace all Shaws and their
descendants from throughout the globe regardless of national origin, race, colour
or creed. Wherever you may come from in this beautiful world of ours -
THE CLAN SHAW : CHLOINN NA SI’EACH
The Children of the Pine Woods -
A BRIEF OVERVIEW
From Our Common Background within the Clan Mackintosh and the great Clan Chattan
Confederation of tribes, the never-
Because Of Tribal And National Geopolitics, by the close of the sixteenth century,
the main Mackintosh Shaw chiefly family at the Doune of Rothiemurchus had lost its
position of eminence and hegemony. Eventually, the second and now senior branch of
the Clan Shaw up north at Tordarroch began to act as Heads of the Shaws within the
Clan Chattan Confederacy. By 1629, our Clan Farquharson cousins were joined by a
scion of the Shaw of Dell Chieftains. This Shaw established a new branch of the clan
at Crathienaird in Deeside under the territorial hegemony of the Chief of Clan Farquharson.
From These And Many Other septs, branches and families, the Clan Shaw has spread throughout Scotland Eire and England, scattering during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries 'to all the Airts' throughout the world. This is your story!
The Clan Shaw Tribal Septs and Territories include :
Rothiemurchus : Dell, Dalnavert, Kinrara na Choille, Guislich, Achnahatnich, Tullochgrue. (Main fortified tribal strongholds at the Doune and Loch an Eilean)
Tordarroch/Clan Ay : Tordarroch/Strathnairn, Ayr, Ard Meanach/The Black Isle, Craigfield and Culblair, Muirton. Also later settled in Upper Canada. (Main tribal stronghold at Tordarroch)
Shaws of the Western Isles/Clan Iver : The Isle of Skye (at Trumpan and Harlosh), Harris, Jura, and Mull.
Crathienaird/Clan Seumas: Crathienaird and Daldownie, Upper Glengairn, (includes Shaws of Inchrory) Glenshee and Glenisla.
Shaws of Eire: Shaws of Clonmel and Sandpits, Cork and Baronets of Bushy Park.
(Although an off-
My Personal Mission
During the past two thousand years of Gaeldom, it has been the task of the Seannachaidhean (tribal historians/genealogists, ad-hoc heralds, bards, poets and storytellers) to do many things to augment the cohesiveness of the clan and tribe.
My personal mission is to globally facilitate a greater extending of the collective knowledge, understanding and preservation of our rich Celtic and Gaelic clan ethos, customs, traditions, language and (oral and written) history.
It is also part of my lifelong mission to help foster a modern version of the very ancient and evergreen links to our Clan Shaw tribal enclaves and lands of old . . . connecting us through time as it were, with the deep love and sacred symbiotic relationship toward the land and its seasonal rhythms that our ancestors entwined within them.
…I will bring them in from every nation, gather them in from other lands, and lead them home to their own soil.
…Every man of the Children of Israel shall pitch his tent, each under his own Standard, with the Ensigns of his father’s House.
Fide et Fortitudine!
William G.A. Shaw of Easter Lair
AN DERB FINE
Present Armigers of the Highland Clan Shaw:
Iain Shaw of Tordarroch -
Thomas Donald MacKay Shaw, 3rd Baron Craigmyle – London and Knoydart, Inverness-
William Shaw of Easter Lair -
IThe late Iain Farqhuar Shaw -
Robert James Shaw -
Per the Court of the Lord Lyon, HM King of Arms for Scotland, ALL Arms are the personal heritable property of the above persons and are not to be used by anyone else in any form. The appropriate form for a clansman or clanswoman is to bear the crest of the Chief of Chieftain within a strap and buckle.
More detail, including photos or copies of Arms to come. -