|Dimensions||8 x 4 x 1 in|
Beautifully detailed 92.5 Sterling Silver Clan Hamilton Clansman's Crest badge.
Dimensions: 2″ X 2.5″
Weight: 1.5 Ounces (42.5 Grams)
This stunning work of art will be passed down for generations to come!
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: In a ducal cornet an oak tree fructed and penetrated transversley in the main stem by a frame saw Proper, the frame Or.
The Clansman’s Crest Badge is the most powerful emblem of your Clan Hamilton Heritage. Displaying this badge is a symbol of your allegiance to your clan. The perfect gift for any Hamilton descendant.
“Cuimhnich air na daoine o’n d’thaining thu” – Remember the men from whom you are descended.
The House of Hamilton is a Scottish family who historically held broad territories throughout central and southern Scotland, particularly Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and the Lothians. The Hamiltons main areas of influence were in the Scottish Lowlands, excepting the Isle of Arran, from which territory, the chief of Hamilton bears the Lymphad of the Isles on his arms.
The Hamiltons were the most important of the Lowland clans. The current Hamilton 'chief', Angus Douglas Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton, is still the Premier Duke of Scotland, the Hereditary Keeper of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and a member of the Royal Company of Archers. At one time they aspired to the crown itself, as serious rivals to the Stuarts. Though they did not lead the same lifestyle as the Highland clans, their hereditary chiefship, network of cadet houses with dependents, and their distinctive tartan make it clear they were truly a Scottish Clan, with the sense of blood kinship and family loyalties which are inseparable from this concept.
Since early in the 14th century, the Hamilton family has played a prominent part in Scottish history. It was a Hamilton who fought alongside Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn: a Hamilton who was heir to the Scottish throne in the 16th century and who arranged the marriage between Mary Queen of Scots and the Dauphin of France; and it was a Hamilton that Hess tried to contact by parachuting into Scotland during World War II.
The first record of the family in Scotland was Sir Walter Fitz-Gilbert of Hameldone, an English knight that possessed properties in Renfrewshire. This first record is his name as a witness on a charter granted to the monastery of Paisley the privilege of a herring fishing in the Clyde. He was Governor of Bothwell Castle for the English during the early part of the Scottish War of Independence, but later joined Robert the Bruce and fought at his side at Bannockburn. For his support he was awarded forfeited Comyn lands by Bruce, including the properties of Cadzow in the Lothians that were in due course renamed Hamilton. It was here that he was to build Cadzow Castle and where eventually was to be built the magnificent Hamilton Palace – the grandest and most notable non-royal residence in all of Scotland.
Sir Walter's son Sir David, was captured by the English at the Battle of Neville's Cross (also called the Battle of Durham), in company with his namesake, David II, son of Bruce. Like the King, Hamilton was not released until a heavy ransom had been paid. An even closer association with the royal house began in about 1474 when James, 1st Lord Hamilton, married Princess Mary, daughter of James II, King of Scots. Their son, James, the 2nd Lord Hamilton, who inherited the title in 1479, was a nobleman of great accomplishment. He took part in a naval expedition against the Swedes in 1502 and at a tournament held in 1508 he was the champion archer on foot or horse in all of Scotland.
In 1503, the 2nd Lord Hamilton was created Earl of Arran, the Gaelic-speaking island in the Forth of Clyde on which the family then made their home at Brodick Castle. Their son, the 2nd Earl, also called James, was the heir to the Scottish throne after King James IV and was named Regent, acting for Mary, Queen of Scots,during her minority. In this office he plundered royal revenues and, reportedly, played the English against the French for his own gain. After completing arrangements for the marriage of Mary to the Dauphin, he was rewarded by the French King, Henry II, with the grant of the French dukedom of Chatelherault. This gave the Duke great political power, as he was only the second person in Scotland, outside of a King;s son, to have a dukedom conferred on him.
In 1561, after the Dauphin's death (by then Francis II), the 2nd Earl rebelled against the Queen's marriage to Darnley, but was pardoned on condition of being exiled for five years. Upon his return, he changed sides again and remained close to Mary. After her escape from Loch Leven she stayed at Cadzow Castle for some time in hiding along with, so it is said, the crown jewels.
The 2nd Earl of Arran had two remarkable brothers, bastard sons of the 1st Earl. One, John Hamilton (c1511-1571) became Archbishop of St. Andrews. In this office he tried to reform the church from within, and issued a catechism in English. He baptized Queen Mary's son, the future King James VI, in 1566 and remained loyal to the Queen after her downfall. But when her brother, the Regent Moray was assassinated by a Hamilton, the party of Lennox hanged the Archbishop in his pontifical robes from a common gibbet.
The royal connection continued to augment the family's fortune without other noticeable merit. The 3rd Earl of Arran became the 1st Marquess of Hamilton and the 3rd Marquess became the 1st Duke of Hamilton. James, the 3rd Marquess, was an inept man, not cut out for politics. However, he was very close to Charles I, who appointed him to several positions. Even though his stupidity and arrogance caused him to fail, Charles still appointed him as the 1st Duke of Hamilton in 1643. This dukedom is the oldest in Scotland and the third oldest in the Union. His inept manner, however, and attempts to steer the middle course, finally aroused the King's suspicions and he was imprisoned.
Upon his release, he found that the King had been captured by Cromwell and immediately raised a Scottish army to rescue him. This was a remarkable show of loyalty to a man who had so recently imprisoned him. The Duke surrendered the army to Cornwell at Prestonin 1648 and in 1649, one month after his King, was beheaded at Whitehall. The 2nd Duke was the exact opposite of James. He was courageous, honest and highly intelligent. What would have been a brilliant career was cut short when he was killed at the Battle of Worcester at the age of 34.
The line continued in the same manner with great and not so great Dukes. The 4th Duke was made the Duke of Brandon by Queen Anne in 1711, an additional title that all Dukes have carried to this day. His actions during the time of the Union are very suspect. It isn't surprising that he was killed while dueling with Lord Mohun in 1712. It was the 5th Duke that built the famed hunting lodge called Chatelherault, after the dukedom, on the grounds of Hamilton Palace. It was the 10th Duke, Alexander, that is possibly one of the most famous. It was he who turned Hamilton Palace into the most spectacular residence, filling it with priceless art and furniture. He was Ambassador to Czarist Russia and his great hero was Napoleon Bonaparte. His greatest triumph was the marriage of his son William, the 11th Duke, to Princess Marie of Baden, daughter of a cousin of Napoleon III. It was he that had the grandiose Hamilton Mausoleum built and reinterred the Hamilton ancestors there.
Hamilton Palace in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, had been the family's seat from 1695. Built by Duchess Anne, and her husband William Douglas, 3rd Duke of Hamilton, it had the distinction of being the largest non-royal residence in Europe, reaching its greatest extent under the 10th and the 11th dukes in the mid nineteenth century.
Excessive subsidence of the palace caused by the family's mines led to its condemnation and demolition in 1921. The 13th Duke then moved to Dungavel House, near Strathaven. This was where deputy-führer Rudolf Hess aimed to reach during his doomed peace mission to see the Douglas, 14th Duke of Hamilton in 1941.
In 1947, Dungavel was sold to the coal board, and then on to the government, who turned it into an open prison. Currently, it is the site of a controversial holding centre for asylum-seekers.
The family moved to Lennoxlove House in East Lothian, which remains the residence of the current Duke.
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