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|The earliest appearance of the Lion in the Buchanan Arms was
after the marriage of Walter Buchanan to Isobel Stewart a
member of the Scottish Royal Family. Originally it was probably
red. This was changed to black after 1425 to mourn the death of
Isobel's father, Duke of Albany. With his death the Buchanan's
one claim to the throne of Scotland was lost.
|The double tressure flory and counter flory was added to
the Arms in the 1600's probably by John Buchanan of that
Ilk. There are some who believe it was awarded by King
Charles of France after Sir Alexander's heroic deeds at the
Battle of Beuge but this is most likely a myth.
|The Clan Badge of the Buchanans: a ducal cap raised in
victory celebrates Sir Alexander Buchanan's victory over
the Duke of Clarence at the Battle of Beuge in France.
The motto: Clarior Hinc Honos = Brighter the Honor Hence
Another well known motto of the Buchanans is
Audaces Juvo= I Help the Brave.
|The complete Heraldic Achievement
(Coat of Arms) of John Buchanan of
that Ilk. John was the last Laird of the
Clan Buchanan and died in 1681. This
rendering beautifully incorporates all
the elements of the Buchanan Arms,
Badge/Crest and Motto. It was John
Buchanan who probably added the
double tressure flory counter-flory to a
Buchanan Coat of Arms for the first
(Courtesy Claude Buchanan)
|Early Buchanan Seals may have appeared similar to