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  • Alexander, prince of Scotland (1264 - 1284)
    First Lord of Mangerton Castle. Murdered by Lord Soulis at HermitageCastle. Source- Chart of the Ten Lords of Mangerton Castle, Scotland Second Lord of Mangerton Castle. Murdered by William Lord Soul...
  • Alexander Armstrong, III 2nd Laird of Mangerton Castle (c.1320 - c.1398)
    The Milnholm Cross: One of the Armstrong's most ancient and important relics. After Alexander, the Second Lord of Mangerton was treacherously murdered at Hermitage in 1320, his grieving clansmen bore h...

Clan Armstrong

☀☀ Officially registered clan, without a Clan Chief, registered with the Lord Lyon Court.

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  • Crest/Badge An arm from the shoulder, embowed Proper
  • Gaelic Name: Mac Ghillieláidir
  • Motto: Invictus maneo (I remain unvanquished)
  • Origin of Tartan:
  • Name Variations:
  • Lands Liddesdale; Cumberland
  • Region Borders, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Historic seat Gilnockie Tower is the home of the Clan Armstrong and houses the Clan Armstrong centre.
  • Clan Chief: None
  • Last Chief: Elliot Armstrong of Fairfax
  • The Clan is currently represented globally by the official Clan Armstrong Trust in the Scottish border region. The President of the Armstrong Clan Trust is Micheil Armstrong of Mungbyhurst CA,FCI,FSA SCOT, KLJ.
  • Allied clans: Clan Elliot Clan Ellis Clan Davis

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Origins of the name

Strong arm

The Armstrongs are a significant border clan whose origins lie in Cumberland, south of the frontier between Scotland and England that was officially established in 1237. The Armstrong name allegedly has a mythological origin, in that it is said their heroic progenitor, Fairbairn, saves his king of Scotland in battle, and not from a wild beast as is the case with another Border clan - the Turnbulls.

In 1587 an act was passed by the Scottish parliament “for the quieting and keeping in obedience of the inhabitants of the Borders, Highland and Isles …” That contained a roll of Chieftains and clans that confirms the status of Border families as an important part of clan history, and the Armstrongs as perhaps the most significant Border clan.

The clan’s authority resided intact at Mangerton in Liddesdale, a succession of Armstrongs retaining the ‘Laird of Mangerton’ title, until 1610 when Archibald Armstrong was ‘put to the horn’ as a rebel. After this, the Armstrong lands passed into the hands of the Scotts.

See Alexander Armstrong, III 2nd Laird of Mangerton Castle

The clan is currently represented by the Clan Armstrong Trust in the Scottish border region. No clan chief currently exists.

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