The surname of LOGAN was a locational name, local of 'Logan' in Ayrshire, Scotland. The Logans appear to consist of two distinct families, Lowland and Highland. In the 12th and 13th centuries the name appears frequently, and in 1329 Sir Robert Logan and Sir Walter Logan were killed in Spain when accompanying Sir James Douglas, with the heart of Bruce, on their way to the Holy Land. Lastalrig or Restalrig, near Edinburgh, was the principal possession of the Logan's in the south. Sir Robert of Restalrig married a daughter of Robert II and in 1400 he was appointed Admiral of Scotland. The last Logan of Restalrig was outlawed and died in his residence Fast Castle in Berwickshire. Tradition relates that the Logans of the north 'Siol Ghillinnein' are descended from the Logans of Drumderfit in Easter Ross. In the 15th century a feud between the Logans and the Frasers ended in a sanguinary battle at North Kessock, in which Gilligorm, chief of the Logans, was killed and his widow carried off by the victors. The widow gave birth to a posthumous son of Gilligorm, who from his deformity was known as Crotair NacGilligorm. He was educated by the monks at Beauly and on reaching manhood took Holy Orders at Kilmor in Sleat and in Kilchrinin, Glenelg. Like many others of the Highland clergy at that period he did not remain celibate and his descendants came to be known as Siol Fhinnein or MacLennans. Other records of the name mention Robert Logan in 1204, who witnessed a charter. Walter de Logaine witnessed a gift of the mill of Wystain to the hospital of Soltre in 1249. John Logan appears as clerk of the Royal kitchen 1328-29. The last of the Ayrshire family of the name was Laird of Logan who sold the estate and died unmarried in 1804.
Origin of Name: Logan, a place-name
Plant Badge: Furze
War Cry: DRIUM-NAN-DUER (the ridge of tears)
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