Ardchattan Estate - Campbell- Preston - estate papers :
Campbells of Ardchattan were connected with the Campbells of Cawdor
Have owned much of the North Shore of Loch Etive, and around the bend towards Barrs (which belonged to Campbell of Breadalbane in the 1700's)

from our gaelic place names study - "The parish itself is named after St. Catan or Cattan ~ (little cat) who was one of Columba’s early acolytes ~ Àrd or Àird signifies high place or height of"

The current family house is part of the site of Ardchattan Priory
The Name of Ardchattan p207
354 'Pieres the prior of Eralttan' in 1296 (Ragman Rolls, 117 via OPS, 149). This, though, docs not necessarily mean a saint called Catan was perceived to be in the name, which might derive from the O. word for small cat (Dwelly, 173). There is, however, a reference to Martinus Prior de ~ Kattans in 1371 (HP vol ii, 147 drawing from a Macfarlane transript in Adv. Bib, Oct 12 1371. A papal letter of 1395 has a similar reference - 'Martin Filani, prior of St Cathani' (Papal Lett Ben XIH,41).
356 The dedication of the priory of Ardchattan (founded c1230) was to Mary and John the Baptist and the former name of the parish appears to commemorate a saint called Baodin (Watson 1926, 122). Clan Chattan make various conflicting claims about the origin of the clan name, one of which is that it derives from a baillie of Ardchattan named after the saint, but rival claims over which family is the true Clan Chattan and where their origin might be makes this kind of history confusing and unreliable.

Clan Chattan makes a claim to the location.

Clan Chattan is a uniquely organised confederaton of Highland clans. The clan is unique in highland clan history in that it was acknowledged to be a community or confederation, of twelve separate Scottish clans

* Text-5615-1-10-20181022.pdf - NOTES ON THE NAME OF CLAN CHATTAN.
Discusses the origin of Catti .
and the Saint Chattan
(the clan) derives its name from a saint, either born in Bute or a Dalriad. If he was a Dalriad, there are very insignificant traces of him in Ireland. He lived and died a saint or devotee in Bute. Of himself personally little is known. His exact chronology is not precisely ascertained, but Colgan assigns the year 560 as that of his death. Only one place in Ireland is named after him, the townland of Kilkatan, near Londonderry ; but he
gave his name to Kilchattan and Suid Chattan in Bute.
He is found as patron saint of Abbey Ruthven, not far from Perth; and the priory of Ardchattan in Argyleshire was doubtless named after him, for it is found, curiously, that another name for that place is Bal Maodan; and Maodan is believed to have been father of St Katan.
The date when the Clan Chattan was first spoken of is uncertain. The earliest official document which recognises the Clan Chattan is of the year 1467; but Bower, writing about 1440, speaks of Clan Chatan in 1429. Bellenden, in his translation of Boece, about 1525, is the first who talks of the clan having been at the Inches in Perth in 1396, and
this probably owing to a misprint in the original, of Clan Quhete for Quhele'. He calls it Quhattan
The Clan collection is mostly based around Perth and Inverness, into Aberdeenshire with few if any direct links to the parish.
(Duncan MacDougall founded Ardchattan Priory 1230 for an Order of Benedictine Monks)

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