At the height of their influence, the clan was once the most powerful of clans in Northern Scotland. Thought to descend from the ancient Royal House of Lorn, the Mackenzies held lands in Ross-shire, stretching from the outer Hebrides in the west, to the Black Isle in the east. After the Battle of Largs in 1263 which ended the Norwegian/Norse threat to Scotland, the clan were appointed part of the Royal Bodygaurd, an honour they retained until the Battle of Flodden in 1513. The western stronghold of the clan Mackenzie was at Eilean Donan Castle at the mouth of Loch Duich in Kintail. They were extremely loyal to the Stewart monarchy and were rewarded for it by being appointed Earls of Seaforth, the 4th Earl following James VII to Ireland and France where he died in exile. The plaid is the regimental tartan of the Seaforth highlanders which was raised in 1778 and worn by members of the Royal Military College of Canada Pipes and Drums Band.
Royal & Plaid colour – Green, Navy with Red and White Stripe Tartan. Recorded in 1816.
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