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Davidson Coat of Arms / Davidson Family Crest

Davidson Coat of Arms / Davidson Family Crest

When the power of the Comyns began to wane in Badenoch, Donald Dubh of Inverhaven, Chief of the Davidson's, having married the daughter of Angus, 6th Earl of Mackintosh, sought the protection of William, 7th Earl of Mackintosh, before the year 1350, and he became associated with the Clan Chattan confederation. The Clan became known as the Clan Dhai. Early records of the name in Scotland include Johannes filius Davidis, who was the burgess of Perth in the year 1219. William filius Davidi was the provost of Aberdeen in the year 1340. John Davidson held land in Irvine in 1426. Colyn Davidson who witnessed a charter by James Scrimigeour, was the Constable of Dundee in 1492. The use of fixed surnames or descriptive names appears to have commenced in France about the year 1000, and such names were introduced into Scotland through the Normans a little over one hundred years later, although the custom of using them was by no means common for many years afterwards. During the reign of Malcolm Ceannmor (1057-1093) the latter directed his chief subjects, after the custom of other nations, to adopt surnames from their territorial possessions, and there created 'The first erlis that euir was in Scotland'. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The Davidson's of Roxburghshire seemed to have formed a small clan in the 16th and 17th centuries. The chief family seated at Samieston, became extinct in 1670. In the 18th century we find important families like the Davidson's of Cantray and the Davidson's of Tulloch. The latter family came into possession of the lands and castle of Tulloch, near Dingwell.

Origin of Name: Gaelic Daibhidh (David) Plant Badge: Red whortleberry Pipe Music: Tulloch Castle


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last updated on: April 3rd, 2017

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