Boyes

Argyll

Confusing that Argyll is a surname and also the name of an old Scottish county – Argyllshire. W & S Smith (1850) records this pattern as Cawdor Campbell. Wilson records it as Argyll in 1819 (No. 230) and refers to an Argyll tartan in a letter of 1798. W. and A.K. Johnston (1906) calls it …

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Tara

This tartan is a colour modification of MacLean of Duart. Believed for many years to have been recorded in ‘Clans Originaux’ (Paris, 1880) as Murphy and later renamed ‘Tara’ (1967). Later research suggests that none of the tartans included in Clans Originaux are Irish.

Watson

WATT; MacWATT; WATSON: These names are derived from ‘Wat’, a diminutive of ‘Walter’, and as such was common as a baptismal name throughout most of Britain Scottish ancestry should not be assumed on name evidence alone and ancestral links should be established before such claim is made. In the Highlands the name and some derivatives …

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Forbes

THIS clan is Celtic. Their March is “Cath Glinn Eurainn” (“The Battle of Glen Eurann”). John of Forbes, first of the name, figured in the reign of William the Lion, when the duthus of Forbes (which the race had held from the time when O’Conochar “killed the bear” which made the Braes of Forbes uninhabitable) was feudalised. In 1303 Alexander Forbes defended Urquhart Castle against Edward I, and was slain with the garrison. Alexander Forbes of Forbes was made Lord Forbes about 1442. John, the 6th Lord, was a favourite of James V. The 10th Lord, Alexander, was a General under Gustavus Adolphus. The family is still represented by Lord Forbes, whose seat is Castle Forbes on Donside. The Lords Pitsligo are descendants of William, a son of Sir John Forbes of Forbes, who lived in the reign of Robert II. The 4th Lord was attainted after Culloden. The Baronets of Craigievar spring from Patrick Forbes of Corse, armour-bearer to James III. The Lairds of Culloden are descended from the Forbeses of Tolquhoun, who date from 1420. Sir Alexander Forbes of Tolquhoun saved Charles II’s life at the battle of Worcester. This family was ruined by the Darien Scheme. Sir William Forbes, 8th Baronet of Craigievar, succeeded as Lord Sempill in 1884. Their seat is the tall, romantic castle of Craigievar.