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Clan Badges

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The Scottish Custom

Clan Grant badge
The coats of arms is the property of the individual to whom it has been granted (the armiger).

It is the custom in Scotland, however, for the chief of a clan to allow the crest to be used by clan members in the form of the clan badge, surrounded by a belt and buckle and with the clan motto inscribed.  This is typically used as a cap badge and kilt pin, but can also be used to decorate other Highland Dress accessories and associated items such as quaichs.

The use of the arms or the crest on personal items, stationery, seals and the like is the exclusive right of the owner of the Arms.  This identifies the item as belonging to or 'from the desk of ' the armiger. The clan badge custom does not extend to permit the use of this crest or arms in this way so Ian Grant will not, for example, accept a commission to engrave another person's crest on its own on a signet ring.  The ring must be large enough to engrave the belt & buckle as well.

For information about the armiger’s circlet with feather see our page in the engraving section about clan badges.