Clan Turnbull of the Borders, Scotland. Legend says the clan descended from a man named Rule, who saved Robert the Bruce by ‘turning an angry bull which was set to gore the king’. The king named him Turnbull and rewarded him with lands. The acceptable history states the name came from the Old English word trumbald, meaning bold. William Turnbull received a charter from Robert the Bruce in 1315 to land near Philiphaugh, and John Turnbull received the lands of Hundleshope from David II. John Turnbull, nicknamed ‘out-with sword’, for his fierce temper, was held prisoner in England, circa 1400. William Turnbull was a Bishop of Glasgow in 1450 and received a charter from the pope to establish a university in the city in 1451.
Arms: Argent, three bulls’ heads erased sable, (armed vert)
Crest: A bull’s head cabossed sable, armed vert.