MacDuff

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Gaelic Name: MacDhuibh

Motto: Deus Juvat (God assists)

Badge: Red whortleberry

Lands: Fife, Lothian, Strathbran, and Strathbogie

Origin of Name: Gaelic, Dubh (Black)

Clan Duff originated from the Royal ScotoPictish line, of which Queen Gruoch stood as its senior representative. She and her second husband, MacBeth, would be immortalised by William Shakespeare in literature. Her son succeeded the throne but was murdered in 1058, whereby Malcolm Canmore won the throne. His son Aedh, married Margaret of Moray, the granddaughter of Owen Gruoch, and became both the Earl of Fife and the Abbott of Abernethy (the ancient Pictish capital). He bore on his shield the red lion rampant becoming the undisputed premier subject of the kingdom. After his death in 1128, the men of Moray made a few unsuccessful attempts to claim the throne whilst Clan Duff was to give its allegiances to Queen Margaret.

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