Clan Crest: A peacock’s head couped at the neck, Proper
Motto: Laus Deo (“Praise be to God”)
Origin of Tartan: Registered by Lord Lyon in 1962, based on Black Watch tartan
Origin of Name: From the place name Aberbothenoth
Clan Chief: The Rt. Hon The Viscount of Arbuthnott K.T.
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The name Arbuthnot originates from the ancient lands of Arbuthnott in Kincardineshire. These lands came in to the possession of the Swinton family through the marriage of Hugh, to the daughter of Osbert Olifard (or Oliphant) ‘The Crusader’. The lands were granted to Olifard by William the Lion around 1175 and the family adopted the name. Early documents refer to the area as ‘Aberbothenoth’.
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