The Clan MacDowall is a Scottish clan associated with the region of Galloway. The clan takes its name from Dubhgall, meaning “dark stranger” in Gaelic. The MacDowalls held lands in Galloway and played a prominent role in the region’s history. A notable clan member is Sir Patrick MacDowall of Garthland, who fought for King Charles I during the English Civil War. He served as a cavalry officer and showed remarkable bravery on the battlefield. Sir Patrick’s loyalty and military skill earned him recognition as a notable figure in Clan MacDowall’s history.