Tartan Tuesdays - Davidson Clan

Tartan Tuesdays - Davidson Clan
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Forget Throwback Thursdays. Here, at Scotweb, we're doing Tartan Tuesdays!

This week we look at the Davidson Tartan and learn all about the clan.

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Clan Profile

The Davidson clan crest features a stag on a silver field, one foot lifted, with an argent, silver arrow through the neck. The stag is usually natural coloured with gold horns.

Clan Motto

The Clan motto is “Sapienter si sincere”, which means “Wisely if sincerely”. The modern version of this is ''With Sincerity comes Wisdom”.

Clan pipe music: The 'Clan Tune' is called 'Tulloch Castle'.


Donald Dubh, of Invernahaven, was the Chief of the Davidson clan. The power of the Comyns began to wane, in Badenoch. Having married the daughter of Angus, 6th of MacKintosh, Dubh sought the protection of William, 7th of MacKintosh, before 1350. At this point, the clan Davidson became associated with the Chattan Confederation.

In the 18th century we find important families like the Davidsons of Cantray and the Davidsons of Tulloch. The latter family came into possession of the lands and castle of Tulloch, near Dingwall, in 1762, when Henry Davidson purchased the estate from his cousin Kenneth Bayne.

During the Jacobite Uprisings

During the 1715 and 1745 Jacobite Uprisings, Many members of the Clan Chattan Confederation supported the House of Stewart and rallied the Chattan Confederation to the Jacobite cause, of which many Davidson’s took part.

Notable members of the Clan Chattan Confederation, including many Davidson’s, were convicted and transported to the North American colonies.

American Revolutionary War

Many of these Jacobite convicts, upon gaining their freedom, settled in the Piedmont Mountains of North Carolina and raised families, leading the English by the time of the American Revolution to declare the area a Hornet’s Nest of rebels.

Notable, amongst the many Davidson’s fighting the American Revolutionary War, was Brigadier General William Lee Davidson (1746–1781). Davidson was a North Carolina militia general, during the American Revolutionary War, who was killed in action at the battle of Cowan’s Ford.

Clan Seat

Until Duncan Davidson VI of Tulloch died in 1917, the seat of the chief of Clan Davidson was at Tulloch Castle. This was originally the seat of the Clan MacBain, but the Davidsons took over the castle after they claimed the lands.

Clan Chiefs

Alister Davidson of Davidston, New Zealand, 1998-

Duncan Davidson of Davidston, New Zealand, 1997-1997

1917-1997 Vacant and disputed.

Duncan VI of Tulloch, Deceased 1917.

Clan Septs

Davis, Davey, Davie, Davison, Dawson, Day, Dea, Dean, Deason, Dow, Kay, Key(s), MacDade, MacDaibhidh, MacDaid, McDavis, and MacDavid, are the family names, or septs, traditionally associated with the Clan Davidson.