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Clan Aiton

Clan Aiton
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Septs of Clan Aiton (what is a sept?)

Clan Badge: A hand pulling a rose Proper
Motto: Decerptae dabunt odorum (Roses plucked will give sweet smell).

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Clan Aiton History:
The Clan name, and its deirvation, Ayton, probably come from the lands of Ayton in Berwickshire, and the name is believed to mean a town on the river Aye. An Anglo-Norman knight, Gilbert, obtained these lands in the eleventh century, and took the name as his own designation. Steffan son of Swan de Aeitun granted lands to Coldingham Priory, around 1170. The family lands, however passed out of the principal line when an heiress married George Hume, and the rights passed to him. James, son of the sixth Earl of Hume lost these lands in 1715 due to his support for the Jacobite cause Andrew Ayton, son of the house of Ayton of that Ilk, is listed as a Master of the King's Works who therefore purchased valuables for the King, as well as collecting tax, and finacing the Master of Artillery. The poet, Sir Robert Ayton acted as both ambassador to the German Emperor, and as secretary to the wife of Charles I, Henrietta Maria.

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Clan Aiton Arms
Arms: Argent, a cross engrailed between four roses gules.
Crest: A hand pulling a rose Proper
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Motto:Decerptae dabunt odorum (Roses plucked will give sweet smell).

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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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