This Aberdeenshire clan of FORQUER was a member of the Clan Chattan Confederation, and took its name from Farquar, son of Rothiemurchas. A prominent member of the clan was Finlay Mor who carried the royal standard at the Battle of Pinkie where he was killed in 1547. In 1639 the Farquarsons of Monaltrie joined Lord Gordon on the royalist side and six years later they formed part of the army of Montrose. They fought at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, and followed Viscount Dundee. In 1715 they formed part of the Clan Chattan who fought and were defeated at Preston. In 1745, they formed part of the Jacobite army, and distinguished themselves at Falkirk and Culloden. 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 draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. 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'.
Origin of Name: GAELIC FEARCHAR (very dear one)
Plant Badge: RED WHORTLEBERRY, Scots fir
War Cry: CARN NA CUIMHNE (Cairn of remembrance)
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