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Clan McAlpin(e)

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MacAlpin(e) no longer has a chief, and is an armigerous clan
CommanderMichael T. McAlpin

Family MacAlpin(e) is a Scottish clan without a Hereditary Chief recognized by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. However, following a Petition to the Lord Lyon King of Arms, a Family Convention (or Derbhfine) was held at Abbotsford House the home of Sir Walter Scott on 10 September 2016.[1] The Family Conclave selected and recommended Michael Todd McAlpin Senior for the role of Commander. On 19 April 2017 Michael received his Commission[2][3][4] as Commander of MacAlpine from Dr. Joseph Morrow the Lord Lyon.[5] This Commission has empowered him to do and perform all acts and functions proper for a period of ten years or until a Chief is named.


Dunadd, site of the hill-fort said to have been held by Kenneth MacAlpine

According to tradition the MacAlpine, or MacAlpin, is most purely Celtic of all the Highland Scottish clans.[6] They are believed to be of royal descent from Kenneth MacAlpin. He united the Picts and Scots from the year 850 into one kingdom and moved his capital from Perthshire to Dunadd beside Loch Crinan in Dál Riata.[6] The MacAlpine surname is still common in Scotland today.

The former chiefs apparently had their seat on lands that are now Dunstaffnage Castle in Argyll, which was an early capital of Kenneth MacAlpin,[7] who was King of the Picts and according to myth, the first King of Scots.

MacAlpine Encyclopaedia p1

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External links[edit]

  • "The MacAlpine Society Website". The official website of the House of MacAlpine. MacAlpine Society. Retrieved 27 December 2022.


  1. ^ Charlie Gall (19 January 2016). "There clan only be one: MacAlpine launch search for first ever chief". Daily Record. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. ^ "New Lyon Commission". Heraldry Society of Scotland. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Michael Todd McAlpin". The Society of Scottish Armigers, 10 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Clan MacAlpine now has a new Commander!" (PDF). Electric Scotland, April 2019.
  5. ^ "Commission by the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Favour of Michael Todd McAlpin, Senior as Commander of the Name of McAlpine" (PDF). electricscotland.com. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b Scots Kith & Kin. HarperCollins. 2014. p. 53. ISBN 9780007551798.
  7. ^ "MacAlpine". electricscotland.com. Retrieved 18 November 2018.