from the Gaelic "mac an tiosich" or "son of
the leader or chief" (similar to the Irish "taoseach"
or prime minister). The clan claim descent from the royal
house of Duff, through Shaw, the second son of Duncan Macduff,
Earl of Fife, of the royal house of Dalriada. Shaw was part
of a force led by King Malcolm IV which repressed a rebellion
in Moray in 1160. Granted lands in the valley of the river
Findhorn, the lands of Petty became the centre of clan territory.
The 5th chief led his clan at the Battle of Largs in 1263,
during the reign of King Alexander III. His son was raised
by his uncle, the Lord of the Isles and he married the daughter
of the chief of Clan Chattan in Lochaber, extending the clan
lands to Glenloy and Loch Arkaig. After that, the Clan Chattan,
which developed into a loose confederation of independent
clans, was usually led by a Mackintosh (though challenged
on occasions by the Macphersons).
The chief and his clansmen supported Robert the Bruce, particularly
against the Comyns and they also supported the Marquess of
Montrose in his campaign on behalf of King Charles I. 800
clansmen supported the Jacobite cause in 1715. Many Mackintosh
clansmen were transported to America after the defeat of that
uprising. When Prince Charles Edward Stuart landed in Scotland
in 1745, the clan chief was absent (he was a captain in the
Black Watch) but his wife raised men for the Prince's army.
During the retreat in 1746, Prince Charles was received by
Lady Mackintosh at Moy and the Prince's bed is still to be
seen in Moy Hall today.
In more modern times, Charles Macintosh invented a fabric
waterproofing process in 1823 which became the Macintosh raincoat.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) was an innovative and
influential architect, his works including the Glasgow School
of Art, Queen's Cross Church and the Hill House in Helensburgh.
The Mackintosh clan motto is "Touch not the cat bot a
glove" which is almost identical to that of the Macphersons
Surnames regarded as septs (sub-branch) of the Mackintosh
clan include Ayson, Crerar, Dallas, Doles, Elder, Esson, Glennie,
Hardie, Hardy, Higginson, Hossack, MacAndrew, MacCartney,
MacConchy, MacGlashan, MacHardie, MacHardy, MacKeggie, Mackieson,
MacKilligan, MacLerie, MacNiven, MacRitchie, Niven, Noble,
Paul, Ritchie, Smith, Thain, Tosh.
MacIntosh was the 68th most frequent surname at the General
Register Office in 1995.
Information courtesy of RampantScotland.com
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