The origin of this clan is lost in the mists of antiquity. They claim to be the most ancient clan in the Highlands and boast that they are a royal race, being descended from Alpine, King of Scotland who was killed in the year 834. This clan includes the Macgregors, Mackinnons, Grants and other branches. The family seat is supposed to have been Dunstaffnage near Oban. The war cry was "Remember the death of Alpin" and the badge "Pine Tree".