Clan MacDonald of Clanranald Badge, Scottish Clan, Highland Clan

Clan MacDonald of Clanranald Badge, Scottish Clan, Highland Clan


Clan Macdonald of Clanranald, also known as Clan Ranald or Clan Ronald, is a Highland Scottish clan and a branch of Clan Donald, one of the largest Scottish clans. The founder of the Macdonalds of Clanranald is Reginald, 4th great-grandson of Somerled. The Macdonalds of Clanranald descend from Reginald's elder son Allan and the MacDonells of Glengarry descend from his younger son Donald. The clan chief of the Macdonalds of Clanranald is traditionally designated as The Captain of Clanranald and today both the chief and clan are recognized by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, the heraldic judge in Scotland.

When James IV first visited the Highlands after fall of the lordship of the isles, Allan, 4th of Clanranald, was one of the few chiefs to render his homage. 

Ranald, 17th of Clanranald was born in 1692. He refused to aid Charles Edward Stuart and the Jacobites during the 1745 rebellion. The chief however did not stop his eldest son and heir, Ranald, from doing so. He died at Nunton in 1766, where he was buried. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Ranald. Ranald, 18th of Clanranald was educated in France where he became acquainted with Charles Edward Stuart. While his father was still chief of the clan, Ranald was, along with Macdonald of Kinlochmoidart and his brother Macdonald of Glenaladale, the first to join Charles Edward Stuart in 1745. After deciding to join, Ranald raised 250 clansmen and after the raising of the standard at Glenfinnan, Ranald led 500 men to Dundee arriving there on 8 September and proclaimed James Francis Edward Stuart as king.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the common members of the clan and other families living on the Clanranald estates, suffered grievously from the Highland Clearances and also religious persecution at the hands of the Clanranald chief. Hundreds fled to Prince Edward Isle, Nova Scotia.

The direct line of Clanranald chiefs became extinct in 1944, following the death of Angus Roderick, 23rd of Clanranald. The chiefship then passed into the line of the Macdonalds of Boisdale who are a branch of the clan. Recently, (2013), the line was discovered to not have died out (having been discovered through research) and is currently being reviewed by the court of the Lord Lyon. The current chief is Ranald Alexander Macdonald of Clanranald, 24th Chief and Captain of Clanranald, who was recognized as such by the Lord Lyon King of Arms in 1956. 

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.