|Clan MacMillan, brand-new Mexico||Miseris Succurrere Disco|
|The complying with explanation of this latin expression is one excerpt from the book,The MacMillan Endeavour, The Story the the Clan, through Christopher W.McMullen:The motto...is a quotation indigenous the Latin poet, Virgil: "Miseris SuccurrereDisco," which can be interpreted as "I discover (or endeavour) come succour thedistressed." or, more simply, "I discover to help those in need."Somerled MacMillan note in The Clan MacMillan Magazine (Vol. II, 1958)that this motto "reflects the high-souled chivalry of the Knapdale Dunmorechiefs, together they most definitely strove hard to uphold lofty ideals and also noblesentiments." The classical times of the motto"s association through the MacMillans isunclear, though we do recognize that it to be in usual enough usage at the finish ofthe 17th century because that the Reverend john MacMillan the Balmaghie (actually native Galloway branch of the clan) to have actually it inscribed upon his personalring. It is certainly true come the academic spirituality of ours progenitor.In the epic Aenid, Virgil (70-19 B.C.) depicts Dido receiving theprotaganist v the indigenous "Non ignara mali, miseris succerrere disco,"meaning, "Not myself being unacquainted through difficulty, I find out to succourthe distressed." The french thinker Jean Jacques Rousseau commented, "Iknow no line so beautiful, therefore profound, therefore touching, for this reason true" (Emile oul"Education, 1762) to be these the words that crossed the mental of Maolmuire,chief that a twice-evicted clan, once he invited Robert the Bruce into hisBen Lawers home? They certainly seem ideal to this and countless otherexamples of MacMillan company to the suffering and also the oppressed. Theycannot be gone beyond as an ideal for the progeny that a spirituality missionary toa intimidated race. Dr. Hugh MacMillan (The Clan MacMillan, p. 55) wrote:Many the the mottos that the other clans space relics the a time of battle andlawlessness, and indicate the fierce moods and manners the the period. Butthe motto of ours clan is full of the finest essence the humanity... That isworthy the the an alleged origin of our clan name, as that that a sacerdotal racewho specialized themselves in the surname of religion and in times of greatnational distress to the relief of human wants and also sufferings.|
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It does notboast of its capacity or willingness to succour the distressed, yet humblyspeaks of its discovering to perform so through experience. The modesty that the greattwo-handed sword, as it should always and only be used, for the deliverance ofthe oppressed and the relief the suffering."There is small else that could so honour us, that belong to the ClanMacMillan."