Symbols

What is our battle cry?  “Garg’n Uair Dhuisgear”   Fierce when Roused

Donnachaidh Crest/BadgeWhat is our badge/crest?                        

A right arm holding a regal crown proper; also warriors wore either a fine-leaved feather or fern in the bonnets. It was awarded by King James II to our fourth chief as a reward for capturing the assassins of King James I.  This badge/crest is the one that Clan members are asked to wear and display according to the Clan Heraldry.

What does our crest motto mean? Glory is the Reward of Valor.

 

 

What is our coat-of-arms?

 

The Chief’s coat of arms is described as: Gules, three wolves’ heads containing silver/white, armed and lagued azure.  The wolf heads were supposed to have been granted to Duncan because he rid Atholl of wolves, although the last Perthshire wolf is said to have been killed by a Mrs. Robertson who bopped it on the head with a wooden potato masher when it entered her cottage to investigate the cooking pot.  However, perhaps more realistically is that the wolves were more trained hunters of the Earls of Atholl.

 

 

 

 

 

The man in chains at the bottom of the crest represents the capture of the murderers of King James I by Robert, forth Chief of Clan Donnachaidh and for whom Clan Robertson is named. The hand holding the crown shows that the Clan supports the Monarchy. The wolf heads are the family banner. The helmet represents the Barony. The Serpent and Dove are called supporters and identify the Clan as being descended from Saint Columba and represent a pun on his name, ESTO PRUDENS UT SERPENS ET SIMPLEX SICUT COLUMBA, “Be wise as the Serpent and gentle as the Dove.”

 

Clach na Bratach—The Stone of the Standard 

This snooker ball sized globe of rock crystal was pulled from the ground with the chief’s standard.  It is the most famous and has the oldest history of the stones.  It is said to be carried into battle before the Clan.   It is on display in the Museum at Bruar. Many of the branches have similar globes they display on the top of the Standards they carry in festival parades and at the booth.

Bracken Fern

This fern (felix) or fine-leaved heath (erica cinerea) grows throughout the lands in Scotland.  It was often wore by the warriors in their bonnets to show that they were a part of Clan Donnachaidh.