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MacCallum (Malcolm)


Legend has it that MacCallum comes from the Gaelic name of St Columba. The home of the Clan MacCallum lies on the nearest part of the mainland to Iona in Argyll where Columba landed in 561.

In 1562 Donald McGillespie mac O'Challum was granted the property of Poltalloch, on the eastern shore of the Bay of Craignish, a few miles from Kilmartin. Dugald MacCallum of Poltalloch, who inherited the estate in 1779, appears to have been the first of that name to call himself Malcolm.

Variants Malcolm, Malcolmson, Callam, Callum. Their territory lay in the Loch Awe district, and they are traditionally reported to an offshoot of the MacGhille Challums (or MacLeods) of Raasay. They took protection of the Campbells of Lochow, and in 1414 Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochow granted to Reginald MacCallum of Corbarron certain lands, together with the office of Hereditary Constable of the Castles of Lochaffy and Craignish, but his branch appears to have become extinct during the latter half of the 17th century. Dugald MacCallum of Poltalloch inherited the estate in 1779,  and was the first to adopt the name of Malcolm permanently. Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm was Commander in Chief of Saint Helena, and won the regard of Napolean. John Wingfield Malcolm of Poltalloch was created Lord Malcolm in 1896, and died in 1902, when the peerage became extinct, though his brother inherited his
estate, and the feudal title of 'Malcolm of Poltalloch', descended with the chieftainship of the Clan.


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