Hugh Magnus MacLeod of MacLeod

Hugh Magnus MacLeod of MacLeod (born 1973) is the 30th Chief of Clan MacLeod and is currently representing the Associated Clan MacLeod Societies in the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.[1] He is also recognized Chief of the Name and Arms of MacLeod, in Scotland and the United Kingdom, by the Court of the Lord Lyon.

Hugh Magnus MacLeod of MacLeod
Known forThe 30th Chief of Clan MacLeod
PredecessorJohn MacLeod of MacLeod (father)

On 12 February 2007, Hugh inherited Dunvegan Castle, the ancient seat of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod, and the associated ancestral clan territories, which still extend to over 42,000 acres (17,000 ha) on the Isle of Skye following the death of his father, John MacLeod of MacLeod.


Hugh was born in London in 1973. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film and Modern History from the University of London and the Sorbonne in 1995.

After a brief period at Sotheby's and Freud Communications, he began working in television as a researcher and was commissioned to direct and produce Champagne and Canvas, a documentary that was nominated for best video at the 1998 BBC British Short Film Festival. Since then, he has worked as a freelance director, producer, and writer in both film and TV, and also combines his media career with the management of the MacLeod Estate which he took on in 2008.

He divides his time between Dunvegan and London.



Coat of arms of Hugh Magnus MacLeod of MacLeod
The Latin motto, murus aheneus esto, translates into English as "be thou a wall of brass".[2] The 1st and 4th quarters represent Clan MacLeod; the 2nd and 3rd quarters represent the supposed royal Manx heritage of the clan.
Lyon Office 2 June 1962. Crest: Lyon Office January 1943.[3]
A bull's head cabossed sable, horned Or, between two flags gules, staves of the first.[3]
Quarterly; 1st and 4th, azure, a castles triple-towered and embattled argent, masoned sable, windows and porch gules; 2nd and 3rd, gules, three legs in armour proper, garnished and spurred Or, flexed and conjoined in triangle at the upper part of the thigh.[3]
Two lions reguardant gules, armed and langued azure, each holding a dagger proper.[3]
Hold fast (above the crest); murus aheneus esto (on a compartment below the shield).[3]


  1. ^ The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs website - Chiefs Archived 2011-07-26 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Fairbairn, James (1883). Royal book of crests of Great Britain and Ireland, Dominion of Canada, India and Australasia : derived from best authorities and family records. 1. London: James MacVeigh. p. 541.
  3. ^ a b c d e Dewar, Peter Beauclerk (2001). Burke's landed gentry of Great Britain: together with members of the titled and non-titled contemporary establishment (19, illustrated ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. pp. 941–942. ISBN 978-0-9711966-0-5.