Gaelic Name for Shaw: Mac Ghille-Sheathanaich (Seaghdha, meaning pithy)
Origin of Clan Shaw
Clansfolk of Clan Shaw
Clan Shaw in the Military
Symbols of Clan Shaw
Septs of Clan Shaw
There is a Highland and a Lowland branch of Clan Shaw. Those in the Highlands are said to descend from Seach (Shiah) in the 12th century, who is also claimed as founder of Clan MacIntosh.
In the Highlands, Clan Shaw was a principal Clan in Clan Chattan. Alasdair "Ciar," 3rd Chief of Clan Shaw at Rothiemurchus, had five sons: Alexander, the second son, was ancestor of the Shaws of Dell; James, the third son, was ancestor of the Shaws of Dalnavert; Iver, the fifth son, was ancestor of the Shaws of Harris and the Isles. Farquhar, the fourth son, was progenitor of Clan Farquaharson.
When the Shaw chief was dispossessed in the late 1500s, some Shaws attached to Clan MacIntosh and Clan MacPherson; others went to Aberdeenshire. George Bernard Shaw, the noted playwright, descends from the Dublin branch of Clan Shaw.
In the Lowlands, Shaw means "a small wood," and has been a family surname in Renfrewshire since the 13th century. Branches of these lowland Shaws spread to Stirlingshire and through Ayrshire to Galloway.
Clan Shaw is a member of the Clan Chattan Group