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Clan Kincaid

Clan Kincaid
Clan Kincaid Clan Crest

Septs of Clan Kincaid (what is a sept?)
Kincade, Kincaid, Kincaidie, Kingcade, Kinkade, Kinkaid, Kinkead, Kinket, Kyncad, Kyncade, Kyncayd

Clan Badge: A triple towered castle argent, masoned sable, and issuing from the centretower a dexter arm from the shoulder embowed, vested in the proper tartan of Kincaid and grasping a drawn sword all proper.
Motto: This I'll defend

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Kincaid Tartan

Clan Kincaid History:
Origin of name:
The name Kincaid is believed to derive from a territorial origin. It may possably derive from the Gaelic words ceann cadh which means the steep place or pass but it could also be of the head of the rock. It could even mean the head of the battle. The family took their surname from the area which was about 30,000 acres.

Wars of Scottish Independence:
The Clan Kincaid supported King Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence. the clan fought against King Edward I of England and helped re-capture Edinburgh Castle in 1296. A Kincaid was made constable of the castle by Robert the Bruce and the castle was added to the Clan Kincaid arms and crest as recognition of their achievments.

16th Century & Clan Conflicts:
The family estates grew in the 16th century, through marraige the Kincaids gained the estate of Craiglockhart near Edinburgh, the estate of Bantaskin by Falkirk, Blackness Castle and the fields of Warriston which is now in Edinburgh. Chief Malcolm Kincaid led the clan in a battle against the Clan Stirling of Craigbarnet in 1563 where he lost his arm. However Malcolm continued to fight when he led the clan in another battle which took place between the Clan Kincaid and the Clan Lennox of Woodhead in 1570. Chief Malcolm was finally dispatched by a Stirling of Glovat when the Clan Kincaid and Clan Stirling fought another battle in 1581. In 1600 John Kincaid of Warriston was murdered. His wife and one of his own grooms were implicated and both were put to death for their crimes, the wife beheaded and the groom 'broken on the wheel' a particularly grizzly punishment.

17th Century & Civil War:
During the Civil War the Kincaids supported the Royalists and as a result suffered during the period prior to the restoration of the monarchy with many of the clan emigrating to America. The Kincaids spent much of the Civil War fighting battles in Ireland.

18th Century & Jacobite Uprisings:
During the Jacobite Uprisings the Clan Kincaid continued their support of the Jacobite House of Stuart. Many lives were lost in both the 1715 and 1745 to 1746 rebellion. Several Kincaids escaped to Virginia.

Current Clan Chief: Madam Arabella Kincaid of Kincaid is the current chief
Surname Meaning:

Scottish: habitational name from a place near Lennoxtown, north of Glasgow, which is first recorded in 1238 as Kincaith and in 1250 as Kincathe. The former spelling suggests derivation from Gaelic ceann 'head', 'top' + caithe 'pass', whereas the latter would point to cadha ‘quagmire’ as the second element.

Clan Kincaid Arms
Motto: This I'll defend

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Kincaid House

Clan Seat, Lands and Castles:
Kincaid House

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External Links:
Clan Kincaid Society

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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