Clan Dinwiddie 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 Dinwiddie. Sizes M-XXXL.
Ladies V-Neck – Large two color crest badge on front of shirt. Sizes M-XXL.
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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: A hanged knight's head with a dagger in his mouth
Motto: Sunt Hostes Met (How my enemies have increased)
The Clansman’s Crest Badge is the most powerful emblem of your Clan Dinwiddie Heritage. Displaying this badge is a symbol of your allegiance to your clan. The perfect gift for any Dinwiddie descendant.
“Cuimhnich air na daoine o’n d’thaining thu” – Remember the men from whom you are descended.
Dinwiddie is an old and honorable name. This statement is meant to include the uncounted variations in spelling, some of the more frequently seen of which are Dunwoody, Dunwoodie, Dinwoody, Dinwiddy, and Dunwody. In old official documents the same man sometimes has his name spelled in more than one way. Consistency in spelling is a modern innovation.
The Dinwiddie's were a border clan, long chief proprietors in the parish of Applegarth, Anandale, Dumfries-shire. Their earliest known chief was Alleyn Dinwithie whose name is found on the “Ragman's Roll” who submitted on honorable terms to Edward I at the time of his invasion of Scotland in 1296. A later chief, Thomas, was killed in the Dinwiddie Tower by the Jardines in 1503, and the Jardines were credited with slaying the Laird of Dinwiddie in 1512 in the streets of Edinburgh. In 1547 the Laird of Dunwoody with forty-four followers was recorded as among those who gave allegiance to England.
The name was derived from a hill by that name in the parish of Applegarth, Dumfries, Scotland. The hill, the highest in the area, is 871 feet above sea-level, and is the site of ancient fortifications. Various interpretations have been suggested for the ancient meaning of the name. “The castle of the dismal gallows”, “the hill of the widow's castle”, “the castle of the wanton”, “the castle in the wood”, and “the castle of the wager or pledge” have all been suggested. There are many variations of the name. I have found 37 different spellings, and it is suggested that there are as many as one hundred.
It is thought that the original Dinwoodies were either Normans who settled in the area with Robert DeBruce, or indigenous Kelts already living there. The earliest mention of a Dinwoodie appears in the record of the first Feudal Court held by William DeBruce, the Lord of Annandale, at his Castle of Lochmaben, in 1191 A.D. Dinwoodie would have been one of the landed nobility who were vassals to DeBruce. This court was held in preparation for the First Crusade. DeBruce, his knights and retainers, accompanied King Richard on this crusade. It is therefore likely that a Dinwoodie was a crusader.
The Dinwoodies were landed nobility until 1620 when Lady Jean Dinwiddie died without an heir. She had previously resigned her position in favor of her husband's family, the Maxwells, and the estate and title passed into their hands.
The clan had never been very large – at most numbering about 40 men. They had generally allied themselves with the larger Johnstone Clan in the many inter-clan feuds, and border raids. With the dissolution of the Lairdship, many of the families apparently migrated to other areas. One of the prominent families moved to Glasgow where they became successful merchants and community leaders. From this family came Robert Dinwoodie who was colonial governor of Virginia. Others of the family moved to Dumfries where they were merchants, artisans, etc. The largest concentrations of individual family members over the years have been been in the Glasgow, and Dumfries areas.
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