Highland Clans “A” Abbot – AUCHINLECK

July 11, 2009

District of Fife, 14th century.
Sept of Clan: MacNab

The Abercrombies of Birkenbog settled in Banffshire. The name comes from an estate in Fife. The first known documentation of the name is from Fife in the 15th century.

Strathearn, 12th century. Sept of Fraser; Leslie

District 14th century, Galloway

District 13 th century Fife. Sept of clan Gordon

Berwickshire 14th century, Aberdeen 14th century. Sept of Clan Gordon; MacKintosh

District Fife 13th century. Sept of Clan Gordon

District of Peeblesshire 14th century. Sept of clan Gordon

From AUCHUINLECK, ANGUS. 14th century

Galloway, 11th century

Lanarkshire, 13th century

Roxburghshire, 13th century

Ayrshire, 16th century

Stirlingshire, 12th century
Clan Graham

East Lothian, 14th century
Clan Gordon

Aberdeen, 15th century
Clan Gordon

Lanarkshire, 13th century


Mearns, 13th century
Clan Graham

Tradition claims Clan Alpine, MACALPIN or MACALPINE as the purest Celtic and the oldest of all the Highland Clans. Clansmen claim descent from the dynasty of KENNETH MACALPIN who is credited with uniting the Picts and the Scots into one kingdom beginning in the year 850.

MACALPINE transferred his kingdom from Dunn Add beside Loch Crinan in Dalraida to Perthshire, Scotland. Nonetheless, no clan of that name survived into the hayday of the clan system although there are records of individual MacAlpins in the Perthshire atrea dating back from the 13th century.

Clans claiming origin from that Royal MacAlpin stock are:
Macgregor, MacAulay, MacDuff, MacFie, MacKinnon, MacNab, and MacQuarrie.

Moray, 13th century

Glasgow, 15th century
Edinburgh 17th century


A lowland clan meaning ‘son of Andrew’ MacAndrew is a more popular version of the name in the Highlands. District of Peebles 13th century.

Anderson is one of the most ancient and common surnames from Scotland. It has a special reference to St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. The Christian name of Andrew is a Scottish favorite and “Anderson” is a derivation of “Andrew’s Son”. Hence, the Anderson name is widely found throughout Scotland.

Anderson Tartan
The Anderson Tartan is unique among all of the Scottish tartans. This is because it is the only tartan to have seven colors. All other tartans have six or less. Because of this, the Anderson tartan must be woven on a special loom. The colors are primarily a rich blue with yellow, green and red in the plaid. Three variations exist: The Ancient colors which are derived from the color scheme set mostly by natural old world style dyes, The Modern colors, shown above, and derived from the use of modern chemical dyes and the Muted colors which simulate a ” weathered ” tartan. The Royal Canadian Air Force tartan, which has only five colors, is an officially registered variant of the Clan Anderson tartan. From a distance it is difficult to distinguish between the two.

Clan Anderson Crest
The Clan Crest is an oak tree encircled by a strap and buckle, and it usually bears the Clan motto. The Motto on the Clan Anderson Crest is “STAND SURE” and appropriately describes the pride and spirit we feel as we celebrate our Scottish roots. Return to Menu

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Dumfroes, Aberdeen, 14th century


Oenghus – pronunced Ain-gus,
Aemeas, Hungus

The various gaelic spelling led to confusion concerning the clans ancestory.
Oenghus, a 6th century ruler was one of the co-founders of the Ancient Kingdom of Dalriada.
According to Scots Kith and Kin, Clan Angus was in Angus country in the 13th Century; Clan Angus is a sept of Clan MacInnes McInnes means son of Angus .From Angus county 13th century


Fife 16th century


Fife 16th century


Fife, 13th century


Roxburghshire, 13th century


Lanarkshire, 15th century


12th century
Meaning ‘Mouth of the Stream below the great house’ The name is derived from the clan’s Kincardineshire estates.
Arbuthnott or Arbuthnot Another suggested meaning of the word Aberbuthenot or Aberbothenoth is ‘the place where the burn called Buthenot(h) joins the (Bervie) waters” derived from – ABER – the joining of a small stream to a river.
BUTHENOT(H) – ‘little one of (healing) power’. (This name was also given to other streams and springs believed to have the power to cure sickness in cattle or other creatures).


Ayrshire, 13th century

Angus, 15th century


Roxburghshire, 14th century


Peebles, Angus 14th century


A variation of the Norman name FORTINBRAS can be traced back to theWest Marches in the 13th century. Before the Union of the Crowns in 1603, this small border clan found themselves in an area of sharp contention. The Armstrong Chiefs adopted a traditional right of wide foray and tribute-levying into the enemy ‘s territory. This behavior prompted King James V to send an expedition disguised as a great hunting-tour to surpress them in 1529.

There have been many ballads written about “Johnnie Armstrong” of Gilknockie as well as others leaders who were prepared to greet their sovereign only to find themselves facing death by the hangman’s noose instead.
This border clan gets its name from an ancestor who was known for his physical strength. The clan was granted land in Liddesdale. They were feared for their warlike reputation.

Not all clan members held to the same beliefs. Gilbert Armstrong was High Stewart to King David 11 and the Kings Ambassador to England.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong carried a sample of his clan tartan with him when he walked on the moon.

Crosier, Crozer, Fairbairn, Groozier, Nixon


Selkirkshire, W. Lothian, 13th century


Kinross-shire, 12th century
Ayrshire, 15th century


Pertshire, 16th century


Ayrshire, (Kilmarnock) 15th century


Ayrshire(Cumnock) 13th century


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