History of Scottish Clans

MacGregor Clan CrestThe history of Scotland is filled with fascinating tales of Clan feuds, allegiances, and bloodthirsty battles!

Although this sounds like a gruesome sort of arrangement, there is in fact a formal structure of Clan Chiefs recognised by the court of the Lord Lyon, King of Arms which acts as an authority concerning matters of heraldry and Coat of Arms.

Most clans have their own tartans, usually dating from the 19th century, members of the clan would wear kilts, plaids, sashes, ties, scarves, or other items of clothing made of the appropriate tartan as a badge of membership and as a uniform where appropriate. Clan Crests were also developed around this time, Scottish crest badges are commonly used by members of Scottish clans. However, much like clan tartans, Scottish crest badges do not have a long history, and owe much to Victorian era romanticism, and the dress of the Highland Regiments.

Scottish clan crest badges are heraldic badges used by members of Scottish clans to show their allegiance to a specific clan or clan chief. Even though they are commonly used by clan members, the heraldic crest and motto within the crest badge always belong to the clan chief - never the clan member.

MacDuff Clan crestA Scottish crest badge is made up of a heraldic crest, encircled by a strap and buckle which contains a clan motto. In most cases, both crest and motto are derived from the crest and motto of the chief's coat of arms. Women may wear a crest badge as a brooch to pin a sash of their clan tartan at the right shoulder of their gown or blouse. Female clan chiefs, chieftains, or the wives of clan chiefs normally wear a tartan sash pinned at their left shoulder.

To find out more about a particular clans history visit our Clan History pages on our main website or click one of the images below. You can also shop for Clan Crest Items by clicking here .

Armstrong Clan crest Baird Clan crest Cunningham Clan crest Davidson Clan crest Elliot Clan crest