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More on Scottish clans e.g. Hamilton

 

More on Scottish clans e.g. Hamilton
The coat of arms of the Duke of Hamilton. Only the clan chief is entitled to them.

The crest is at the top and when surrounded by a buckle and carrying the Hamilton motto, becomes the clan badge.

The crest has an unusual history. It is claimed that a Duke of Hamilton was, many years ago, riding through a forest. He, and his companion, a personal valet, were intercepted by enemy English soldiers.

To conceal their identity they picked up a saw found in the forest and proceeded to cut through a tree. The motto carried on the Coat of Arms is gaelic, "troimh" or "through". It is the equivalent of "timber" called when a tree is felled.

 
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