Modern Dress Crest
Gaelic Name: Gôrdan
Motto: Bydand (Remaining)
Badge: Rock Ivy
Lands: Strathbogie, Deeside, and Aberdeen
Origin of Name: Placename, Berwickshire
The name Gordon is territorial and the family who took the name are believed to have been of Anglo-Norman descent, moving from the Borders to Aberdeenshire. The wild boar’s head appears on the Gordon arms because, legend says, the first Gordon saved a Scottish king from an attacking boar. The monks of St Mary at Kelso were given their land by Richard, Baron of Gordon in 1150 and 1160, the earliest recording of the name in use. Sir Adam of Gordon was a supporter of Robert the Bruce and travelled to Rome to ask the Pope to reverse Bruce’s excommunication, served after Bruce killed Comyn in a church.