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These Clan Crest Badges are authentic representations taken from
the Arms of the Chiefs of the Clans, or the Heads of Considerable
Families. Every Clan Chief or Family Head has a Coat of Arms Granted
or confirmed by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, and these Arms are matriculated
in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland.
The Register which was established in 1592 is kept in the Court
of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh, and is acknowledged as being the
most magnificent heraldic manuscript in Europe. Each of the Clan
Crest Badge designs has been checked against the Lyon Register and
subsequently Approved by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.
In Ancient times it was the custom for Chiefs to give their followers
a metal plate of their crest to wear as a badge to show their clan
allegiance, and it was affixed to their clothing by a strap and
buckle. When not in use this was coiled round the crest and this
convention constitutes the present form of the Clan Crest Badge:
the strap and buckle with Chief's motto inscribed thereon denoting
a clansman or clanswoman.
Only a Chief, Chieftain or Armiger may wear his Crest Badge without
the strap and buckle. Clan Septs and Dependents comprise those who
were descended from the Chief through the female line and consequently
bore a different surname; and those who sought and obtained the
protection of the Clan and became dependents.
Therefore anyone who has an ancestor bearing a Sept name, or of course
the Clan name itself, has the privilege of wearing or displaying the
Crest Badge, and indeed only they may legitimately wear this authentic
Scottish Ancient Device. Because for many years the demand for artifacts
bearing Clan Crest Badges has increased greatly we felt it right to
make available generally our wide knowledge, as manufacturers, on
this subject. So here we have condensed detailed illustrations of
the Crest Badges of the main Highland Clans and Considerable Scottish