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This interesting clan surname is of Medieval Scottish origin. It is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic patronymic Mac Gill Fhaolain. This name is recorded in the Genealogical Rolls of the year 1467 in Edinburgh, the translation being 'the son of the friend (or servant) of Fillan'. The personal name 'Fillan' is itself a derivative from the Old Irish 'Failan', now 'faol', and meaning 'The wolf'. This is probably an accurate description of the clan, as they were also associated with the famous (or infamous) 'Border Reivers' who ravaged the North of England for three hundred years.

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