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Septs of Clan Adair (what is a sept?)

Clan Badge: A mans' head couped and bloody.
Motto: Loyal au mort (Loyal to the death)

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Castle of St John, Stranraer

Clan Adair History:
The name of Adair seems to be a variation of Edzaer, and these two names are shown in various deeds in the Lochnaw charter chest to be interchangeable with the Adairs of Galloway. Many of the Galloway Adairs settled in Country Antrim, having travelled to Ulster during the Elizabethan plantation. The first of the name is believed to have been a son of Duvenald, who was grandson to Donegal of Morton Castle, and who lead forces at the Battle of the Standard in 1138. Patrick Adair, who setteld in Antrim in 1641, became known as the author of a text on the growth of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. James Adair, a pioneer of the Americas, wrote of the earliest histories of the native Indians and died in 1783. Sir Robert Shafto Adair of the house of Kinhilt was given a baronetcy in 1838, and his son was Baron Waveney of South Elmham, Suffolk, this title devolved upon his younger brother, whose lineage stiill exists.

Current Clan Chief: Dr. Allan Adair of Adair
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Clan Adair Arms
Arms: Per bend or and sable, three dexter hands apaumee and erect, two and one gules.
Crest: A mans' head couped and bloody.
Supporters:
Motto: Loyal au mort (Loyal to the death)

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Origins of the Name:

Clan Seat, Lands and Castles:
Kinhilt and Genoch in County Wigton, Scotland, also Heatherton Park in Somerset and South Elmham in Suffolk, England, and County Antrim, Ireland.

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What is a Sept
In Scotland, a sept is often a family that is absorbed into a larger Scottish clan for mutual benefit. For example, the Burns family sept was absorbed into the Clan Campbell. The Burns family, being very small and of questionable heritage, gained legitimacy and protection; the Campbell clan absorbed a potential rival for British affection in Scotland. Each Scottish clan typically has a number of septs, each with its own surname. Septs have rights to wear clan tartans although they often have tartans of their own.

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