The Clan MacBrayne, sometimes spelled MacBain or MacVain, is a Scottish Highland clan with roots in the historic region of Argyll. The clan takes its name from the Gaelic “Mac a’ Bh�ird,” meaning “son of the bard” or “son of the poet.”
The MacBraynes were traditionally associated with the Isle of Mull and the surrounding areas. They were known for their skills in poetry and storytelling, carrying on the bardic traditions of their ancestors.
One notable figure from Clan MacBrayne is David MacBrayne (1817-1907), who was a prominent Scottish shipping magnate and founder of the David MacBrayne Ltd. shipping company. He played a crucial role in the development of steamship services and transportation infrastructure in the Scottish Highlands and islands during the 19th century.