About Berowald /Berwald Flandrensis, Baron of Innes
first laird of innes
Innes Clan Crest: A boar's head.
Innes Clan Motto: Be Traist (Be faithful).
Innes Clan History:
Innis is the Gaelic name for an island, and within the traditional Clan Innes territory, which is situated in the Parish of Urquhart, in Morayshire, is an island formed by the two branches of a stream. It is from this that the Innes surname originates.
During the reign of Malcolm IV the lands of Innes were given to Berowald, a Flemish nobleman.
The name "FLANDRENSIS" may mean that Berowald was a native of Flanders, but, it could equally mean that he had visited Flanders and be so named because of the visit, this name being referred to as a "too-name", a common custom of that time.
It is not clear what date Berowald received the first charter to the lands of Innes but by studying the dates of various documents I have concluded that it was around the beginning of the reign of Malcolm IV (The Maiden). The charter is believed to have been given at Christmas 1160.
Some claims are made that the first charter was given some 100 years earlier during the reign of Malcolm III (Canmore). I have discounted this as Walter, grandson of Berowald, who is mentioned in a charter by King Alexander II dated in 1226.