A fletcher was an arrowsmith or bowmaker. Since, therefore, the name of Fletcher is taken from a trade, many families of this name sprang up to follow the different clans among which they made their living. The name is found among the men of Kilravock as early as 1497 while the Fletchers of Glenlyon were arrowmakers to the MacGregors. The Fletchers were out for the Prince in 1745. In the 18th century the best-known of the name was Gillesp na Crannaich Archibald of Dunans, a friend of Rob Roy with whom he had many adventures. Several Fletchers of Dunans (the leading family), descendants of Gillesp, greatly distinguished themselves in law, government and reform.