Clan MacKintosh Badge, Scottish Highland Clan, Chattan Confederation
Clan Mackintosh is a Scottish clan from Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. The chiefs of the clan are the Mackintoshes of Mackintosh. Another branch of the clan, the Mackintoshes of Mackintosh-Torcastle, are the chiefs of Clan Chattan, a historic confederation of clans.
In 1263, during the Scottish–Norwegian War, Ferquhar Mackintosh, the fifth chief led his clan at the Battle of Largs against the army of Haakon IV of Norway. However, he was killed in a duel in 1265 leaving his infant son, Angus, as heir. Angus Mackintosh was brought up in the court of his uncle, Alexander of Islay, Lord of the Isles, chief of Clan Donald. In 1291 a splendid match was arranged for Angus when he married Eva, the only daughter of Dougal Dal, chief of the Clan Chattan, which brought Angus the lands of Glenloy and Loch Arkaig. After this the Clan Chattan developed into a unique confederation of independent Scottish clans that was led by the Mackintosh chiefs. However, their leadership was unsuccessfully challenged over the centuries by the Clan Macpherson who were part of the confederation. From this point onwards Clan Mackintosh and Chattan history is inextricably entwined.
During the Wars of Scottish Independence, the sixth chief of Clan Mackintosh supported Robert the Bruce. The Mackintoshes remained loyal to the Stuart cause during the Jacobite risings of 1715 and 1745.
Moy Hall is the current seat of the Chief of Clan Mackintosh. The historic 19th century Moy Hall was demolished after World War II having been overcome by dry rot. It was designed by Alexander Ross and James Adam and built c1872. Its replacement built nearby, the new "Moy Hall", is a somewhat smaller but comfortable home which retains various features from the old place, such as the wooden paneling.
Each item begins as a piece of bronze sheet metal. After a pattern is transferred to the metal, the piece is etched in a salt-water solution. Each piece is hand cut, sanded, and polished. The pin back is soldered on. The piece is hand painted with dye oxide, specifically for metal. A clear polymer coating is applied to the face of the badge.
Each item begins as a piece of bronze sheet metal. After a pattern is transferred to the metal, the piece is etched in a salt-water solution. Each piece is hand cut, sanded, and polished. The pin back is soldered on. A patina has been applied giving the metal that aged look. A clear polymer coating is applied to the face of the badge.