A Scottish Clansman

Clan Tartans

A powerful border clan,they held the central area of Annandale, and sir James of that ilk became 1st Earl of Hartfell in 1643. The legend is that the Chief of the Johnstons, while at the Scottish Court, heard of the English Kings planned treachery to dispose of bruce in favour of Baliol and sent bruce a spur with a feather tied to it to indicate 'flight with speed'. bruce acted on the hint and later rewarded the Johnaston accordingly.

One of the most powerful Celtic families. The hereditary office of Great Marischal of Scotland was held by them, and for supporting Robert bruce they received the lands of Kintore. The Keiths were created Earls Marischal in 1458.

A Galloway/Ayrshire family,descendants of Duncan of Carrick who lived in the 12th century. James of Dunure married Mary, daughter of Robert III. Their son, Sir Gilbert, was one of the six Regents of Scotland during the minority of James III. He became ist Lord Kennedy in 1452. David, 3rd Lord Kennedy, became 1st Earl of Cassilis in 1502 and was killed at the battle of Flodden.

This family originally settled in the Scottish borders in the 14th century. They are believed to have been of Viking descent arriving by way of France where they had first settled. Living in the borders of Scotland at that time demanded qualities of toughness, courage and wit, and the Kerrs are remembered as being successful border 'reivers'. Kerr of Cessford was appointed Warden of Middle March in 1515. Mark Ker, eldest son of Ker of Cessford, Abbot of Newbattle, had the Abbey of Newbattle erected into a temporal lordship in 1587.

The name derives from the Old Norse for 'lawman' and the clan is traditionally attributed to Ferchar in the 13th century. At one time the family owned the greater part of Cowal but, like the MacDougalls, the Lamonts opposed Robert bruce and suffered accordingly. John Lamont of that ilk, however, held a charter from James III and his seat was Toward Castle, 4 miles south of Dunoon.

Alwin MacMuredach MacMaidouern, Mormaer of the Levanach, is the first Celtic Earl of this name and he lived in the 12th century. The earldom of Lennox was associated with various of the Stewarts. Lord Darnley for example, who married Mary, Queen of Scots, was the son of the 4th Earl of Lennox.

From the Barony of Lesly in the Garioch. Descent from Bartolf, a Hungarian nobleman who was chamberlain to St Margaret, Queen to Malcolm Canmore, is laid claim to. By marriage, the Leslies aquired the baronies of Rothes, Fytekill and Ballinbriech. George Leslie of Rothes was created 1st Earl of Rothes in 1457, and John, 6th Earl, was created Duke of Rothes in 1680.

In 1180, William de Lindsay was Baron of Luffness and Laird of Crawford. Walter de Lindesey, who lived in the 12 th century, was succeeded as 2nd Lord Lindsay by his son, William of Ercildun. Sir David, 13th Lord, was created 1st Earl of Crawford and married a daughter of Robert II.

Leving, a Saxon, held lands in West Lothian in the 12th century. These lands were called Leving'stoun. Members of the family were prominent in Scottish history between 1300-1715.

There are two distinct families, one Highland and one Lowland. Of the latter, Sir Robert Logan of Restalrig married a daughter of Robert II and in 1400 he was appointed Admiral of Scotland. Fast Castle, Coldingham, a Home bhold, passed by marriage to the last Logan of Restalrig in 1580. He died there after being outlawed for his involvement in the Gowrie conspiracy.

The name derives from the lands of that name on the coast of Berwickshire, near Coldingham, and it is first mentioned in a charter dated 1098 of Edgar, King of Scots, son of Malcolm Canmore.

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