Crest: A bull’s head couped, Sable
Motto: I Saved The King
Clan Chief: None, armigerous clan
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The surname Turnbull is one of a number of Scottish names where early etymologists have provided a romantic origin. It is said that the name Turnbull was given to a man called Rule by King Robert I. According the legend Rule saved the life of the king by ‘turning’ a charging bull which was threatening to gore the royal.
As thanks for this deed, Robert granted the lands of Bedrule and the new name to Rule. It was Hector Boece (1526) who was first to record this story, along with many other picturesque tales about Scotland’s history.
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