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The Kirkcaldy Clan of the 21st Century

Updated June 10, 2007

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You may or may not wish to know this but since you're in this group I guess you do. Doing some research on the name I have learnt that all variations of the name are derived from "Kil Culdee". There were two houses of the Kirkcaldy clan, the Kirkcaldy's of Grange and those of Inrithshire ( or something like that) - the house of Inrishire died out when the last daughter Kirkcaldy married the Earl of Mowbray. This means that all living descendants today are descended from the line of Grange, not necessarily directly from Sir William himself as he had 5 brothers and sisters. In addition, the Kirkcaldy name is not a highland clan name but what they call an Armigerous name (although what this means exactly is beyond me). I have managed to find a website which verbally described the Kirkcaldy crest which matches exactly with the crest on Sir William Kirkcaldys coat of arms on Edinburgh castle. The name itself came about in the 1200's and the family motto is " fortissima veritas" meaning - Truth is the greatest.

Please let me know if any of you can offer any other interesting information on the name.

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