Clan Armstrong Crest Badge T-Shirt in Black available in Men's and Ladies variations.
Men's – Large two color crest badge on back of shirt with small one color chest print that reads Clan Armstrong. Sizes M-XXXL.
Ladies V-Neck – Large two color crest badge on front of shirt. Sizes M-XXL.
Printed on 100% Pre Shrunk Cotton T-Shirt.
The circular belt has the Motto of the Chief of the Clan inscribed in it. Within the belt is the crest of the Clan Chief. The belt and buckle denote the clansman.
Crest: An arm from the shoulder, embowed Proper.
Motto: INVICTUS MANEO (I Remain Unvanquished)
The Clansman’s Crest Badge is the most powerful emblem of your Clan Armstrong Heritage. Displaying this badge is a symbol of your allegiance to your clan. The perfect gift for any Armstrong descendant.
“Cuimhnich air na daoine o’n d’thaining thu” – Remember the men from whom you are descended.
Clan Armstrong is an armigerous clan whose origins lie in Cumberland, south of the frontier between Scotland and England which was officially established in 1237.
The Armstrong name has a legendary origin in traditional oral history and folklore, in that it is said their heroic progenitor, Fairbairn, the standard-bearer and squire to the King of Scotland, saved his master in battle, and not from a wild beast as is the case with another Border Clan – the Turnbulls. It is said that he lifted the King, who was dressed in full armour, onto his own horse with one arm after the King's horse had been killed under him in battle. The crest on the arms, an upraised and embowed arm with a grasping hand, records this act of heroism that was said to have been rewarded with a heritable title (Sir Strong Arm, Anglicised to Armstrong) and a grant of lands in the Borders region.
The first existing written reference listing them in the region is from a 1236 Carlisle court record of one Adam Armstrong being pardoned for killing a man.
So heinous were the Armstrong crimes that, in 1524, the Bishop of Glasgow issued a curse, which was read from pulpits, across Scotland. The curse ran for 1500 words.
“I curse their heid and all the haris of thair heid; I curse thair face, thair ene, thair mouth, thair neise, thair tongue, thair teeth, thair crag, thair shoulderis, thair breist, thair hert, thair stomok, thair bak, thair wame, thair armes, thair leggis, thair handis, thair feit, and everilk part of thair body, frae the top of their heid to the soill of thair feet, befoir and behind, within and without…”
Translation – “I curse their head and all the hairs of their head; I curse their face, their eyes, their mouth, their nose, their tongue, their teeth, their neck, their shoulders, their breast, their heart, their stomach, their back, their belly, their arms, their legs, their hands, their feet, and each and every part of their body, from the top of their head to the soles of their feet, before and behind, within and without …”
The family seat was in Liddesdale, the valley of the Liddel Water in Southern Scotland, but before long they expanded into Eskdale and Annandale. By the time the bishop cursed them they could muster 3000 horsemen.
It’s easy to romanticise the men who became known as the Border reivers, to make them out to be proud and independent horsemen who challenged authority. But you can’t go around committing murder, burning houses and stealing cattle for a couple of hundred years without making enemies and one source tells us that “if Jesus Christ were among them, they would deceive him” – and history supports this assertion.
The reivers ignored royal authority. And such was the Armstrong reputation and power that in 1529 the King of Scots himself, King James V promised Johnnie Armstrong of Gilnockie safe conduct, invited him to join a hunting party then abandoned his promise.
One of the finest Border ballads tells how Johnnie Armstrong pleaded for his life and when it was refused said:
To seek hot water beneath cold ice,
Surely it is a great folly –
I have asked for grace at a graceless face,
But there is none for my men and me!
And before the century was out another Armstrong provided the plot for another Border ballad when William Armstrong of Kinmont Tower – Kinmont Willie – was ambushed during a truce and taken to Carlisle Castle where he was rescued by Sir Walter Scott of Buccleuch.
In 1587 the Scottish Parliament passed an Act “for the quieting and keeping in obedience of the … inhabitants of the Borders, Highlands and Isles”. The Act lists “the clans that have Captains, Chiefs and Chieftans.” So, in the 16th century the Scottish Parliament did not restrict clans to the Highlands of Scotland and included Border families in their description.
The Clan is currently represented globally by the official Clan Armstrong Trust in the Scottish border region. The President of the Armstrong Clan Trust is Micheil Armstrong of Mungbyhurst CA,FCI,FSA SCOT, KLJ. The Clan Trust has a museum in Langholm, Dumfriesshire, which holds the biggest archive of Armstrong history in the world. Clan meetings take place each summer with a formal gathering every second year.
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