Clan Innes of Innes in Morayshire, Scotland; descended from Berowald of Flanders who was granted the Barony of Innes by Malcolm IV in 1160. In 1226, Berowald's grandson, Walter, assumed the surname of Innes. The eighth Laird, ‘Good Sir Robert’. who died around 1381, had three sons; Sir Alexander, who later succeeded as ninth Laird, and who married the heiress of Aberchirder; John, later Bishop of Moray, who restored Elgin Cathedral after it had been destroyed by the Wolf of Badenoch; and George, head of the Scottish Order of Trinitarian Friars. Sir Alexander’s son, Sir Walter, was chief for forty-two years until his death in 1454. The present Duke of Roxburgh would be the chief of Clan Innes but is barred from the title as he bears a compound, or double-barrelled surname. Sir Thomas Innes of Learney, a descendent of the Lairds of Innermarkie, was Lord Lyon, King of Arms from 1945 to 1969 and was one of Scotland’s greatest heraldic experts. His son, Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight, is the present Lord Lyon.
Arms: (Ancient) Argent, three stars of five points azure.
Arms: (Modern) Quarterly, 1st and 4th grand quarters, counterquartered (I) and (IV), vert, on a chevron between three unicorns heads erased argent, as many mullets sable; (II) and (III) gules, three mascles or. 2nd and 3rd grand quarters, argent, three stars (of five points) azure.
Crest: A boar’s head erased proper.
Motto: Be traist.