Clan Donnachaidh


CREST: A dexter hand holding up an imperial crown Proper

MOTTO: Virtutis gloria merces, Glory is the reward of valour

Collier, Colyear, Connochie, Conochie, Cunnison, Dobbie, Dobbin, Dobie, Dobieson, Dobinson, Dobson, Donachie, Donachy, Duncan, Duncanson, Dunnachie, Hobson, Inches, Kynoch, MacConachie, MacConchie, MacConechy, MacConich, MacConnochie, MacCullich, MacDonachie, MacGlashan, MacInroy, MacIver, MacIvor, MacJames, MacLagan, MacOnachie, MacRobbie, MacRobert, MacRoberts, MacRobie, MacWilliam, Read, Reed, Reid, Robbie, Roberts, Robertson, Robison, Robson, Roy, Stark, Tonnochy

A Short History:
Abbot Crinan of Dunkeld, descended from the kindred of St. Columba, was father of Duncan, King of Scots. He was killed by MacBeth but his descendants held the throne for two and a half centuries. The king had a younger son Maelmare who became Earl of Atholl and was the ancestor of the Chiefs of Clan Donnachaidh. The chiefs are numbered from Duncan the Stout (stout in battle rather than in belly) who lived in the 1300s. He held lands in Rannoch and around Glen Errochty and took his followers to fight at Bannockburn in 1314 in support of his friend, King Robert The Bruce. His son Robert (perhaps called after Bruce) inherited land from his own mother and his estate ran from the edge of the Grampians to the gates of Perth.
Origin of the Name Robertson: In 1437 the chief Robert Riach (grizzled) captured Sir Robert Graham who, with others, had just murdered the King James I at Perth. In reward James II gave Robert a charter in which all of his lands were made into a feudal barony giving him administrative control over them. The barony was called Struan and the chief was henceforth known as Robertson (from this Robert) of Struan

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