Clan and Tartan
Tartan Tuesdays - Clan Dewar
The tartan pictured is our Dewar Modern, 16oz, Pure New Wool Tartan.
Dewars were also recorded as Septs of Clan Menzies and Clan MacNab.
Origins of the Clan
The infamous Ragman Rolls includes the record of the
first known people by the name Dewar where Thomas and Piers de Deware
both having swore fealty to King Edward I of England. The name is an anglicisation of Deo'rach which
originally means 'pilgrim'. Nowadays it is rendered 'Mac an
Deo'ir in Scottish Gaelic.
Wars of Scottish Independence
During the Wars of Scottish Independence the Clan Dewar are known to have supported King Robert the Bruce. The Clan Dewar were carriers of and custodians of the Staff of St Fillan. St Fillan was a Celtic saint who died in 777 AD. This famous relic was carried by the Dewars at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Despite changing hands over the centuries the relic has been tracked down and is now in the Museum of Antiques in Edinburgh.
Later in 1497 a charter of lands was granted to
William Dewar. There were also mentions of Dewars in Stirling around
1483. From this branch rose the Dewar of Cambuskenneth line.
In 1710 John Dewar the son of Patrick Dewar of Cambuskenneth was fined 50GBP for causing 'blood and riot'. William Dewar of this line sold his lands in Dewar and moved to Carrington. It is from this family line that the present Chief descends. The Dewars were commercially successful and purchased the Barony and estate of Vogrie in 1719. David Dewar of Vogrie was Postmaster General of Leith and Edinburgh.
The Vogrie estates were extremely fruitful and a flourishing coal mine was sited there in the mid 19th century as well as Scotland's first gun powder mill. The Mansion house of Vogrie was built by Alexander, sixth Laird, although the estate has shrunk from 2,000 to around 250 acres the house still stands and the estates are now open to the public as Vogrie Country Park
The name Dewar is synonymous with Whisky and this was due in no small part by the efforts of John Dewar. Born in 1856 he transformed the business and the industry and was created Baron Forteviot of Dupplin In 1917.
Clan Motto: The Dewar Clan Motto is 'Quis Non Pro Patria' which means, "Why would we not do it for our country?".
Dewar, Deware, Dewe, Dew, Dure, Due, Dewyer, Dewer, McIndeor, McJarrow