Badges/Crests, Tartans, Coat of Arms

                      Crests/Badges

Barra Badge             crest_big

               Barra                                             Colonsay/Gigha

                                Dryas Flower

Original Clan Plant Badge attributed to our Clan was the Dryas

                              Tartan

                                            Barra

Barra Ancient Tartan                   modern

              Ancient                                                  Modern            

                                 Colonsay/Gigha

Colonsay Ancient Tartan                   Colonsay Modern Tartan

             Ancient                                                    Modern

 

                   COAT OF ARMS

coat of arms in castle                   macneil_coat_trans-

Upper Left:  Lion Rampant (mimicking the Royal Standard of the King of Scotland)

Upper Right:  Castle in the water (symbolizing Kisimul Castle in Castlebay)

Lower Left:   Masted ship (Representing either the seafaring nature of the clan or the migration of the clan from the Ulster, Ireland to Barra, Scotland

Lower Right:    Red Hand of Ulster surrounded by nine shackles representing Niall of the Nine Hostages

 Surrounding the Coat of Arms:

  • Crest: a Rock (same as on the clan badge)
  • Chapeau: Red velvet cap lined with ermine, symbolic of a Baron
  • Helm: Height of the Helmet is determined by rank
  • Mantle: Fabric surrounding the Arms
  • Supporters: Two lions rampant
  • Compartment: The base of the Arms, made of Dryas flowers (the clan badge)