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Gaelic Name: MacIain

Motto: Nunquam non paratus (Never unprepared)

Badge: Red Hawthorn

Lands: Borders and Aberdeenshire

Origin of Name: John’s son

The Johnstones were at one time among the most powerful of the Border clans. They settled originally in Annandale, and have for over six hundred years held extensive possessions on the western marches, where they kept watch against the English freebooters. The first recorded of the family was John Johnstone, whose son, Gilbert, is named in records dated after 1194. John must therefore have been a prominent settler before that date. Sir John Johnstone, knight of the county of Dumfries, appears on the Ragman Roll in 1296. His greatgrandson was appointed one of the wardens of the western marches in 1381.


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