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Clan Haliburton

Clan Haliburton
Clan Haliburton Clan Crest

Septs of Clan Haliburton (what is a sept?)
Halybaurton
, Halyburton, Burghton, Burton

Clan Badge:A negro's head couped at the shoulders and armed with a helmet proper.
Motto: Watch Well

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Clan Haliburton History:
The Haliburton family name comes from lands in Berwickshire, which were originally called Burton or Burghton, but following the establishment of a church there, they became known as Holy Burton or Haly Burton. The first record is of Walter de Halyburton confirming a donation from his church of Halyburton to the Abbey of Kelso in 1176. The name also appears in the Ragman Roll of 1296 as a Sir Henry Halyburton joined many of the Scottish nobility in pledging allegiance to Edward I of England. Sir Henry's grandson, Sir Walter was captured at the Battle of Durham in 1346, and was finally ransomed in 1357, along with David II. Another Walter Haliburton offered himself as hostage for James I in 1424, he became High Treasurer of Scotland in 1439, and a Lord of Parliament a year later. His wife, Lady Isabel Stewart was the eldest daughter of the Regent Albany and widow of the Earl of Ross. John, second Lord Halybaurton, married Janet, daughter of Sir William Seaton of Seaton, and bore two sons, both of whom bore the title. The family title passed into the family of Ruthven, when the sixth Lord Halyburton died in 1506, leaving three daughters. The eldest daughter, Janet, married William, Lord Ruthven. The grandson of Janet, Lady Ruthven, was raised to the title of Earl of Gowrie in 1581, however the titles were forfeited when the third Earl and his brother were executed for treason. James Halyburton of Pitcur, a descendent of the principal family, held the post of Provost of Dundee from 1550 until 1583. He was a dedicated supporter of the Reformation, and fought alongside the Regent Moray against Quenn Mary at the Battle of Langside in 1568. He assisted Regent Lennox in dispersing the Queen's soldiers in 1570. He died aged seventy in 1588. George Halyburton was knighted by Charles I in 1633 and rose to become Lord President of the Court of Session in 1642. He was involved in a commission for revising Scottish law, and his reported was accepted and passed by Parliament in 1649.

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Clan Haliburton Arms
Arms: Or, on a bend azure between three boars' heads erased sable as many lozenges of the first.
Crest: A negro's head couped at the shoulders and armed with a helmet proper.
Supporters: Two cats proper.
Motto: Watch Well

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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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