Erskine

Erskine modern  Modern  Erskine crest  Crest

Gaelic Name: Arascain

Motto: Je Pense Plus (I think more)

Badge: Red Rose

Lands: Alloa

Origin of Name: Placename, Renfrewshire

Erskine is an area on the south of the River Clyde, ten miles west of Glasgow. The name is believed to be ancient British for ‘green rising ground’. In the early 13th century, during the reign of Alexander II, the first man to take the name as his own was Henry of Erskine, owner of the Barony of Erskine. The family were supporters of Robert the Bruce, and were related to him through the marriage of John of Erskine’s eldest daughter to Thomas Bruce, King Robert’s brother. Success for Bruce brought rewards for Erskine. David II made Sir Robert of Erskine the Constable and Keeper of the Castle of Stirling. This royal office is still held by the present clan chief today, whose duties include greeting the monarch at the castle gates. 

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