Clan Scott of Scotland; descended from Uchtred ‘Filius Scott’ a man of Saxon blood who was mentioned in a charter of 1120. Later documents show Henricus le Scotte who witnessed a charter by David, Earl of Strathearn, c. 1195 and Master Issac Scotus who witnessed charters by the Bishop of St. Andrews in the early 13th century. Sir Richard Scott married the daughter and heiress of Murthockstone, acquiring her estates and built his seat at Buccleuch. His son, Sir Michael, 2nd Laird of Buccleuch supported Robert the Bruce and fought at the Battle of Halidon Hill in 1333, and was killed in battle at Durham in 1346. Of his sons, Robert succeeded him as 3rd Laird, and John founded the cadet branch of Synton, from whence the Lords of Polwarth were to descend. Robert was killed at the Battle of Otterburn in 1389, his son Sir Walter was killed in battle in 1402, and his son, Robert, 5th Laird gained further estates at Branxholm in 1420. The clan was involved in a lengthy feud with the Kerrs, caused when Sir Walter Scott of Buccleuch tried to free the young King James V who was held by the Earl of Angus at Darnick, in the attack on 25th July 1526, Kerr of Cessford was killed. Sir Walter was killed by the Kerrs in Edinburgh on 4th October 1552. The feud was ceased by marriage between Sir Thomas Kerr of Ferniehirst and Janet Scott, sister of the 10th Laird of Buccleuch. The 11th Laird, Sir Walter Scott was the daring soldier, Bold Buccleuch and fought in border skirmishes and for the Prince of Orange in the Netherlands. His son Walter, was created Earl of Buccleuch in 1619. His son the second earl fought against the Crown in the Civil War. He died in 1651 and was succeeded by his four year old daughter, Mary, Countess of Buccleuch. She was married at the age of eleven to Walter Scott of Highchester but died in March 1661 and was succeeded by her sister Anne, who married April 1663, the illegitimate son of Charles II, James, Duke of Monmouth, who changed his name to Scott and was created Duke of Buccleuch. Monmouth was executed in July 1685 for high treason.
Arms: (Generally used) Or, on a bend azure a star of six points between two crescents of the field. (The full coat): Quarterly, first grand quarter, quarterly, 1st and 4th, quarterly (1) and (1V) azure, three fleurs de lis or’ (11) and (111) gules, three lions passant guardant in pale or; 2nd, or a lion rampant gules, within a double tressure flory counterflory of the second; 3rd azure, a harp or; all debruised by a baton sinister, argent, second grand quarter, quarterly, 1st and 4th, gyronny of eight or and sable; 2nd and 3rd, argent, a lymphad, sails furled sable, flags and pennons flying gules, and oars in action of the second; third grand quarter, quarterly, 1st and 4th, argent, a human heart gules, crowned with an imperial crown or, on a chief azure, three mullets of the field; 2nd and 3rd, azure, a bend between six cross crosslets fitchee or; the whole of this grand quarter within a bordure or, charged with a double tressure flory counterflory gules’ fourth grand quarter, quarterly, 1st, argent, three fusils conjoined in fess gules, a bordure sable; 2nd, or, an eagle displayed vert, beaked and membered gules; 3rd, sable, a lion rampant argent, on a canton of the last a cross gules; 4th, argent, a chevron gules between three caps-of-maintenance, their fronts turned to the sinister azure, furred ermine; over the grand quarters, at the fess point (for Scott) an inescutcheon or, on a bend azure, a mullet of six points between two crescents of the field.
Crest: A stag trippant proper, attired and unguled or.
Motto: Amo (I love).