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Clan MacDowall

☀☀☀ Officially registered clan, with Clan Chief, registered with the Lord Lyon Court.


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  • Crest/Badge Issuant from a crest coronet Or, a Lion's paw erased and erected Proper holding a dagger point upwards Proper, hilted and pommelled Or
  • Gaelic Name: Mac Dubhghaill
  • Motto: Vincere Vel Mori (To conquer or die)
  • Origin of Tartan:
  • Name Variations: MacDowell, McDowall, McDowell, Macdoual, Macdowyls
  • Allied clans
  • Clan Comyn
  • Clan MacDougall


Origins of the name

Burke's Peerage - page 2482 Volume 2 107th edition

The name MacDowall with its several variants probably evolved with a silent 'g' from Dubh Gall ("The Dark Stranger") which described the Danish connection of the ancient Lords of Galloway, from whom this family is directly descended in the male line as next heirs male. The first family reference to a patronymic forebear is to Deugald or Dowgal, de Galouaya, next bro of Roland, Ld of Galloway, s of Uchtred, Ld of Galloway (by Gunnid, gdau of the Earl of Dunbar) and gs of Prince Fergus, Govr or Ld of Galloway, by his w Elizabeth, bastard dau of Henry I (see Charles Mosley, Blood Royal, p 112). Deugald's lineal successor:

  • Dougal MacDouggall or MacDowyl as he was registered in the ragman roll 1296 (list of Scots swearing fealty to Edward I of England), 1st of Garochloyne ...

The descendants are recognised as the Clan MacDowall by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. In 1987 the Clan Chief designated the proper spelling of the clan name as MacDowall with the letter "D" capitalised, though the small letter “d” is used in many of its family surnames.


MacDowall People

Day Hort MacDowall (1850 - 1927) was a politician from old Northwest Territories, Canada. He was born in 1850 in Carruth House, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories in 1883 and served until 1885. He was an early prominent resident of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and connected to the Conservative Party of Canada. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1887 and re-elected in 1891 for the Saskatchewan. He served until 1896.
He died on October 10, 1927. The village of MacDowall, Saskatchewan is named after him.

Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude "Roddy" McDowall (17 September 1928 – 3 October 1998) was an English actor, film director, photographer and voice artist. British actor. McDowall was born in London in Herne Hill to a Scottish father, Thomas Andrew McDowall, and an Irish mother, Winifred. Both his parents were enthusiastic about the theatre. He also had a sister, Virginia. McDowall made his first film appearance at the age of ten. It was as "Huw" in How Green Was My Valley (1941) that he made his name, and he appeared in many other films as a child actor, including The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) and Lassie Come Home (1943) where he co-starred (in what would be one of many occasions) opposite lifelong friend Elizabeth Taylor.

McDowall was one of the few child actors to continue his career successfully into adulthood, but it was usually in character roles, notably in four of the five original Planet of the Apes movies (1968 – 1973) and the TV series that followed. Other film appearances included Cleopatra (1963), It! (1966), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974). Fright Night (1985) and Overboard (1987). He also appeared on stage and was a frequent guest star on television, appearing on such series as the original Twilight Zone, The Carol Burnett Show, Fantasy Island and Quantum Leap.

During the 1990s, McDowall became active in film preservation and served for several years in various capacities on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that presents the Oscar. He was Chairman of the Actor's Branch for five terms. He was elected President of the Academy Foundation the year he died at Studio City, California from lung cancer at the age of 70.

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