The most significant of these Gaelic holdouts was the area known as Galloway. This region of southwestern Scotland was initially peopled by speakers of Cumbric, a language closely related to Welsh. It became a Gaelic region between the ninth and eleventh centuries, then acquired a Gaelic-Norse aristocracy due to the Viking raids. Galloway was an independent kingdom for a time, but was then absorbed into the kingdom of Scotland, slowly losing its Gaelic identity.
Thus, it would be fair to say that the cat functions as a kind of totem animal for the members of this Confederacy, and this is born out by the fact that the cat was seen as a bad omen by all Highlanders except Clan Chattan members, to whom it was a lucky omen.