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Gaelic Name: Dubhghlas

Clan Crest: On a chapeau Gules furred Ermine, a salamander Vert encircled with flames of fire

Proper Motto: Jamais Arriere (Never behind)

Origin of Name: Placename, Lanark (Black stream)

In Gaelic, dubh means black, and glas means grey. These are the main shades used in the tartan. The earliest recorded Douglas seems to be William of Douglas, whose name appears as a witness to charters between 1175 and 1211 around Lanarkshire, but from whom he was descended is unknown. Regarding the origin of this immensely powerful family is the saying, ‘Men have seen the stream, but what eye ever beheld its source?’

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