Clan SHAW was one of the great principal Clans of Clan Chattan. Shaw "Mor", great-grandson of Angus, 6th Chief of Mackintosh and Eva of Clan Chattan was, by tradition, the leader of Chatton at the battle on the North Inch, Perth, in 1396. Rothiemurchus was given to him as a reward but the lands were sold in the 16th century. His son, James, was killed at Harlaw in 1411, but his heir, Alasdair "Ciar" succeeded him. Alasdair's brother Adam (Ay), of Tordarroch was founder of Clan Ay. Tordarroch acted for Clan Shaw and at Inverness in 1543 and Termit in 1609 signed the Clan Chattan Bands. They supported Montrose and raised the Shaw contingent in the Jacobite rising in 1715. The burghs of Scotland owe much of their prosperity to the large immigration of foreigners which went on during the 12th and 13th centuries. The original founders of the towns, were in many cases wanderers from Flanders, who brought with them their habits of industry and knowledge of trade and manufacturer. Settlers of this description came in great numbers to England in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135) and when Henry II (1154-1189) drove all foreigners out of his dominions they flocked into Scotland, where a more enlightened policy made them welcome. A most notable member of the name was George Bernard SHAW (1856-1950) the Irish playwright, critic and writer on social and political subjects. He was the author of numerous plays including 'Man and Superman', 'Back to Methuselah', 'Candida' and 'Pygmalion'. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
Shaw of Rothiemurchas.
Gaelic Name: Mac GhilleSheathanaich
Origin of Name: Gaelic seaghdha (pithy)
Plant Badge: Red whortleberry
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