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The Origin of Scottish Clan Badges

  • W. R. Kermack
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1 Inheritance by dans of emblems used by the ruling families of provinces of Celtic Scotland seems to have taken place in the following instances, although we cannot identify these emblems as sacred plants:—(1) In Strathearn-Menteith two clans use the same badge, one clan, the Grahams, having held both earldoms; (2) in Argyll the Macdougalls and the Macdonalds, both claiming Somerled, Regulus of Argyll in the 12th century, as their ancestor, have badges which are not very dissimilar; (3) in Lennox perhaps three clans, and in Atholl one clan, are credited with badges that appear to be variants of those used by the Macfarlanes and the Robertsons, who are descendants of the old earls respectively of Lennox and of Atholl.

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Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
  • URL: /core/journals/antiquity
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