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Clan Chattan is one of the most ancient combination of clans, consisting
of the Mackintoshes, Davidsons, Macphersons, MacGillivrays and MacBeans,
and later other clans such as the Farquharsons.
As is demonstrated by the crest badge and motto, the meaning for this
clan is 'clan of cats'.
The first chief was Gillechattan Mor, and from him descended Eva, whose
father Dougall Dall, 6th chief conferred the chiefship. Eva's husband,
Angus recieved the title Captain of Clan Chattan.
There has always been a great feud over whom can lay stake to the chiefship
of Clan Chattan. The chiefs of Clan Macpherson have lain claim through
descent from Muireach, the Parson of Kingussie in 1173, the father of
Gillichattan Mor and of Ewan Ban, the progenitor of Clan Macpherson.
This feud spanned over two hundred years, with the Macphersons gaining
only, the the right of arms of a cadet of Clan Chattan, which was held
until 1938 by the 28th chief of Mackintosh, who died without a male
line. This lead to the chiefship of Clan Chattan and Mackintosh being
separated until 1947, when the Lord Lyon gave the arms of Clan Chattan
to Duncan Alexander Elliot Mackintosh.