On this page, we provide an insight into the various forms of identity associated with Clan Farquharson.
"FIDE ET FORTITUDINE" (Faith and Fortitude), translates to mean – I force nae freen, I fear nae foe (I force no friend, I fear no foe)
COAT OF ARMS
The Coat of Arms displayed are those granted to Catherine Farquharson of Invercauld who registered them in 1805 when she succeeded her father, being the only surviving child of a family of eleven. Banners bearing the Chief’s Arms should only be paraded in his presence.
On a chapeau, Gules, furred Ermine, a demi-lion, Gules, holding in his dexter paw a sword, Proper.
The Clan Motto, "Fide et Fortitudine" translates to mean Faith and Fortitude.
The crest is often worn as a cap badge or belt buckle decoration.
FARQUHARSON OF INVERCAULD
Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Or, a lion rampant, Gules, armed and langued, Azure (for MacDuff); 2nd and 3rd, Argent, a fir tree, growing out of a mount, in base, fructed, Proper; on a chief, Gules, the Royal standard of Scotland, displayed, bendwise (in allusion to the battle of Pinkie*), and on a canton, of the field, a hand, issuing from the sinister, holding a dagger, point downwards, Proper.
Tartans have become synonymous with Scotland and Scottish clans and families in particular. However, tartans were originally a style of cloth intended to be decorative. They had patterns that were popular within certain districts of manufacture, they relied on a limited range of colour dyes and were made of the local coarser type of wool. This has lead to the idea of district tartans being the original association, between the land, the community and its cloth. Where there was a strong clan within a district, as was often the case in the highlands, then visitors from other areas might well have been recognised as of a clan from their tartan. This must have been true of visitors from the Western Isles, for instance. It is this concept of clan tartans that today predominates, but the use of tartan is yet richer.
Ancient clan colours were typically made with local pigments from the plants that grew in the clan territory.
The Ancient Farquharson tartan is often the tartan of choice for both day and evening wear.
The colours composing modern tartans were usually derived from imported pigments resulting from international trade. Although the Modern Farquharson is darker than the Ancient, the red and yellow are noticeably more vivid. The Modern Farquharson is often the tartan of choice for evening wear.
Weathered Farquharson is essentially the Clan's hunting tartan. Often worn on the hill, it is designed to blend more easily with the natural surroundings. The tartan is considered more for day wear and especially for outdoor wear.
CLAN BATTLE CRY
"CARN-NA-CUIMHNE" translates from Gaelic to mean (Cairn of Memory/Remembrance) and became th battle cry of the Clan as the Cairn was the rallying point for the Clan in times of conflict.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are over 7000 registered Tartans in Scotland.