Crest: A dexter hand and arm in pale armed and holding a broken spear
Motto: Tout Jour Prest (Always Ready)
Origin of Name: Place name, Lanarkshire
The name Carmichael is rooted in the soil of Scotland’s Southern Uplands, deriving from lands in Lanarkshire granted to Sir James Douglas in 1321. Sir John de Carmichael received the charter of these lands from William Earl of Douglas (sir James Nephew) towards the end of the 14th C as a reward for support of Douglas claim to throne of Scotland. In 1441 a barony was confirmed covering 14,000 acres.