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Clan Aikenhead

Clan Aikenhead
Clan Aikenhead Clan Crest

Septs of Clan Aikenhead (what is a sept?)

Clan Badge: A demi-savage holding in his dexter hand three laurel slips fructed Proper
Motto: Rupto robore nati (We are born in a weak condition)

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Clan Aikenhead History:
In the Ragman Roll of 1296 Gilbert de Laukenhaued gave homage for his lands to Edward I. The barony of Aikenhead was in Lanarkshire, where the name is still common today, but was apparently sold by the father of David Aikenhead, Lord Provost of Edinburgh. The Lord Provost's son James, advocate and one the commissioners of Edinburgh is recorded as having been granted arms between 1672 and 1673 in the Lyon Court register. Earlier known Aikenheads include William de Aikenhead, a baillie of the burgh of Rutherglen in 1376, and another William de Aikenhed as a notary public in Irvine in 1444.

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Clan Aikenhead Arms
Arms: Argent, three acorns slipped Vert
Crest: A demi-savage holding in his dexter hand three laurel slips fructed Proper
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Motto: Rupto robore nati (We are born in a weak condition)

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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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