☀☀☀ Officially registered clan, with Clan Chief, registered with the Lord Lyon Court.
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- Crest/Badge A lady dressed in ancient apparel Azure holding in her dexter hand an anchor and in her sinister hand the head of a savage couped suspended by the hair all Proper
- Gaelic Name: MacGumerait
- Motto: Garde bien (Watch well)
- Origin of Tartan:
- Name Variations: Montgomerie, Mont Gommeri, Mundegumerie
- Lands Lowlands
- Seat: Balhomie, Perthshire.
- Historic seat Eglinton Castle
- Clan Chief: Archibald George Montgomerie, 18th Earl of Eglinton and 6th Earl of Winton
Origins of the name
Clan Montgomery is one of the oldest Scottish Clans, and its Chronicles are closely interwoven with Scottish history. The progenitors of this Clan were Norman and came from the Castle of Sainte Foy de Montgomery, near Lissieux, Normandy, France. Roger de Montgomery arrived in England with William the Conqueror in 1066. In 1069 Roger was granted lands on the Welsh border in the area which later became, Montgomeryshire. He built Shrewsbury Abbey in 1083, which where he was buried.
According to the Doomsday Book he owned 150 castles and lordships within ten counties of England in 1086. Roger's grandson Robert de Montgomery, went to Scotland with Walter FitzAlan, also of the Welsh border country Walter FitzAlan became High Steward of Scotland and progenitor of the great Stewart Clan. King David I of Scotland granted lands to Robert in Renfrewshire, and the manor of Eaglesham became the Clan seat of the Montgomerys for many centuries.
- John de Montgomery and his brother are recorded on the Ragman Rolls rendering homage to Edward I of England in 1296
- Another Sir John Montgomery, the ninth Laird of Eaglesham was heroic at the Battle of Otterburn in 1388 where the English were defeated. He captured Sir Henry (Hotspur) Percy. The money received from the Percy family as ransom financed the building of Polnoon Castle by Montgomery.
- Hugh Montgomery, the third Lord Montgomery was on the victorious side at the Battle of Sauchieburn in 1488.
Castles and stately homes
- Annick Lodge
- Ardrossan Castle
- Bourtreehill House
- Caldwell Castle
- Little Cumbrae Castle
- Cunninghamhead Estate
- Dalmore House and Estate
- Eglinton Castle
- Barony and Castle of Giffen
- Hessilhead Castle
- The Lands of Montgreenan
- Polnoon Castle
- Seagate Castle
- Segersjö House and Estate
- Skelmorlie Castle, near Largs
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