Hand Cast 925 Sterling Silver Clan Stewart of Galloway Crest Badge Measures 2″ in diameter.
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 pelican argent, winged, feeding her young in the nest.
Motto: Virescit Vulnere Virtus (Courage grows strong at a wound).
The Clansman’s Crest Badge is the most powerful emblem of your Clan Heritage. Displaying this badge is a symbol of your allegiance to your clan. The perfect gift for any descendant.
“Cuimhnich air na daoine o’n d’thaining thu” – Remember the men from whom you are descended.
From the Highlands to the Lowlands of Scotland, from the Hebrides to the islands of Orkney and Shetland, from Scotland to England and beyond, one clan above all others emerged to lead the nation and reign supreme. Clan Stewart dominated Scotland and then Great Britain as kings and queens for three and a half-centuries. This ancient royal house is linked to dramatic moments in our history – blood feud, murder, intrigue and rebellion. But given their extraordinary influence on the history of Scotland, the House of Stewart’s origins come as something of a surprise.
For all that the Stewarts dominated the country for generations their origins were neither Scots nor regal. In fact, Scotland’s greatest royal clan were French – and began life in and around Dol-de-Bretagne and Dinan in Britanny. A thousand years ago the family were the Counts of Dol and Dinan. By the 12th century, there were so many of them that the younger sons began to look elsewhere for land and fortune.
One of the sons took part in the Norman invasion of England and his descendant Walter Fitzalan was later given lands in Scotland by King David the First and made hereditary High Steward of Scotland, the greatest office available. And it was from the title of this office, Steward, that the family got the name Stewart.
The clan is recognised by Court of the Lord Lyon, however it does not have a clan chief recognised by the Lord Lyon. Because the clan has no chief it can be considered an armigerous clan; however the Earls of Galloway are now considered to be the principal branch of this Clan, and the crest and motto of The Earls of Galloway’s arms are used in the Clan Stewart crest badge. The Court of the Lord Lyon recognises two other ‘Stewart’ clans, Clan Stuart of Bute and Clan Stewart of Appin. Clan Stuart of Bute is the only ‘Stewart’ clan at present which has a recognised chief.
A chief of the Clan Stewart Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland married Marjorie Bruce daughter of King Robert the Bruce, this began the Royal House of Stewart. Walter Stewart’s son called Robert the seventh lord-high steward had been declared heir to the throne of Scotland in 1318. However the birth of a son to Robert the Bruce in 1326 interrupted Robert Stewart’s prospects for a time. Robert Stewart received from his grandfather large amounts of land in Kintyre. During the long and disastrous reign of King David II of Scotland, Robert Stewart acted a patriotic part in the defense of the kingdom. On the death of King David II without issue on 22 February 1371 Robert Stewart, at the age of fifty five, succeeded to the crown of Scotland as King Robert II of Scotland. He was the first of the Stewart family to ascend to the throne of Scotland.
The royal line of male Stewarts continued uninterrupted until the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary’s son James VI and descendents, monarchs of Great Britain and Ireland from 1603 to 1714, continued to use the surname Stuart as they were descended from Mary’s second husband, Henry Stewart a member of the clan Stewart of Darnley. It was around this time that the second and interchangeable spelling of the name Stuart became common allegedly through the French influence of Mary’s upbringing.
The Stuarts held the throne of Scotland and after the Union of the Crowns in 1603 they held the throne of England too. This was held until the death of Queen Anne of Great Britain in 1714, the last monarch from the House of Stuart. Anne was succeeded by her cousin, King George I of England and Elector of Hanover of the House of Hanover. The present Royal Family still has Stuart blood links.
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