Tartan Tuesdays - The Lamont Clan

Tartan Tuesdays - The Lamont Clan
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The tartan shown is our Lamont Modern, 16oz, Pure New Wool, Double Width tartan.

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Clan Lamont is closely associated with Clan Campbell and the Lamont tartan reflects this. The Lamont tartan differs from the Campbell in only that the lines centred on green are only white on the Lamont. There is a sample of the Lamont tartan in the collection of the Highland Society of London which bears the seal and signature of the clan chief dating from around 1816.

Clan History

Clan Lamont is a Highland Scottish clan who claim descent from Lauman who lived in Cowal in 1238. Tradition gives this Lauman a descent from an Irish prince named Anrothan O’Neill. Clan Lamont like several other clans, such as Clan MacEwen of Otter, Clan Maclachlan, Clan MacNeil of Barra, and the MacSweens, all claim descent from Anrothan O’Neill, who left Ireland for Kintyre in the 11th century. From this descent the clan claims a decent from the legendary Niall Noigíallach, High King of Ireland, who lived from the mid 4th century to early 5th century.

The darkest era of Clan Lamont was during the middle of the 17th century when about 100 Lamonts were massacred at Dunoon in 1646 by their powerful neighbours the Campbells. The clan did not take part in the Jacobite Risings. In the 19th century the clan chief emigrated to Australia, where the present chief of the clan lives. The clan lives today as the Clan Lamont Society, which was formed in 1895. The society meets once a year and accepts membership from anyone bearing the surname Lamont or any of the clan’s associated names.

The Red Hand of Ulster symbolises both the Irish province of Ulster and a descent from the Uí Néill. The Lamonts claim descent from Anrothan O’Neill, an Irish prince. The hand within the crest badge very likely alludes to this descent.

Origin of the name

The surname 'Lamont' has several origins, though in regards to this clan it originates in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The name is derived from the medieval personal name Lagman which is from the Old Norse Logmaðr. The Old Norse name Logmaðr is composed to two elements: log which is plural of lag meaning “law” (from leggja meaning “to lay down”) and maðr meaning “man”.

Clan Crest Badge

The Lamont Clan Crest Badge is made up of the chief’s heraldic crest and motto. The Chief’s crest is a hand couped at the wrist, proper. The chief’s motto is Ne parcas nec spernas (translation from Latin: “Neither spare nor dispose”).

Clan Chief

The current Lamont Clan Chief is Peter Noel Lamont of that Ilk, Chief of the Name and Arms of Lamont. The chiefs of Clan Lamont lived at Ardlamont until the last of their lands were sold in 1893 by the 21st chief, John Henry Lamont of Lamont, who emigrated to Australia. The present chief of the clan is Peter Noel Lamont of that Ilk, Chief of the Name and Arms of Lamont., who is a member of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. The current chief is a parish priest in Marayong (a suburb of Sydney), New South Wales, Australia.

Clan Castle

Toward Castle was built by Clan Lamont. Situated to the south east of the grounds are some ruins which are the former seat of the Clan. The old castle dates back to the 15th century and was destroyed by the Clan Lamont's rivals, the Campbells, in 1646.

Tradition of Highland hospitality

There is a tradition of Highland hospitality and chivalry that concerns Clan Lamont and Clan Gregor. The story is supposed to take place around the year 1600. The son of the chief of Clan Lamont and the only son of MacGregor of Glenstrae, chief of Clan Gregor, went hunting together on the shores of Loch Awe. After the two men had made camp at nightfall they eventually became embroiled in a quarrel at the end of which Lamont grabbed his dirk and MacGregor was mortally wounded. The son of The Lamont then fled, hotly pursued by MacGregor’s furious retainers, until losing his way he eventually made it to the house of the The MacGregor himself. On hearing that Lamont was fleeing for his life promised Lamont protection. Soon though, the old MacGregor guessed it was his own son who had been slain, but considered himself bound to the Highland laws of hospitality, saying “Here this night you shall be safe”. With the arrival of the furious MacGregor clansman who pursued the young Lamont the MacGregor chief was true to his word and protected Lamont from his clansmen’s vengeance. Later, while it was still dark, the chief had Lamont personally conducted to Dunderave on Loch Fyne and provided him with a boat and oars. “Flee for your life; in your own country we shall pursue you. Save yourself if you can!”

Years later a ragged man appeared at Toward Castle desperately seeking shelter. The man was MacGregor of Glenstrae who had been stripped of lands and possessions and was fleeing for his life. The Lamont chief remembered the honourable deed of MacGrgor and took him and protected MacGregor. The old MacGregor lived with Lamont for years until his death, and was buried in honour in the little graveyard at the chapel of St Mary on the farm of Toward-an-Uilt, where MacGregor’s grave could be pointed out.

Associated names

The following is a list of surnames associated with Clan Lamont. Note that many of these names are also associated with other clans.

Aldownie, (and Aldowny), Black, Blackie, Blaik, Blaikie, Blake, Blaker, Blakey, Broun, Brown, Burden, Burdon, Clement, Lamb, Lambie, Lammie, Lammon, Lammond, Lamon, Lamond, Lamond, Lamondson, Lamont, Lander, (and Landers), Lemmon, Lemon, Lemond, Limon, Limond, Limont, Lucas, Luck, Luckie, (and Lucky), Luke, MacAldowie, MacAlduie, MacClammie, (and MacClammy), MacClement, (and MacClements), MacCluckie, (and MacClucky), MacClymont. MacEaracher, MacErcher, MacErracher, MacFarquhar, MacGilledow, MacGillegowie, MacGorie, (and MacGory), MacGorrie, MacIldowie, MacIlwham, MacIlwhom, MacInturner, MacKerchar, MacKerracher, MacLammie, (and MacLammy), MacLamond, MacLemmon, MacLemon, MacLucas, MacLuckie, (and MacLucky), MacLugash, MacLuke, MacLusa, MacLymont, MacMunn, MacPatrick