Clan MacMillan, New Mexico
Callum, Calman, Colman, Colmin, M’Callum, M’Calman, M'Colman, M'Colmin
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Callum is the Gaelic for Malcolm, and Clann Challuim of Lorn take their name from Malcolm mac Mhaolain, the son of the MacMillan progenitor who appears on record in the mid-12th century. Their relationship to the M’millans is attested in the Leny family tree – the second oldest genaelogy of the M’millans (see Lany etc.) – and in the MacColmans’ own account of their origins given to Buchanan of Auchmar in the early 17th century. Their original homelands stretched from the shores of Loch Etive to the borders of Knapdale, with Colagin (near present-day Oban) as their tradional seat. One branch of this kindred were sometime Constables of Craignish Castle, and from them are said to descend the MacCallums/MacMalcolms of Poltalloch (a place just north of Knapdale) who became rich and powerful enough to establish themselves as a separate clan whose chiefs in due course chose to drop the “Mac” and call themselves “Malcolms”.
Another form of Callum is Colm or Columb(a) and because it was the name borne by the saint who brought Christianity to much of Scotland, Malcolm became one of the most popular names in the country.
Only Calmans, Colemans, M’Callums etc. whose families hail from Argyll and neighbouring areas are likely therefore to belong to Clann Challuim of Lorn; and they have the choice of associating themselves with either Clan MacMillan or Clan Malcolm.
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