Baillie Tartan & Clan

French "Bailif" or from the surname Bailliol?

Clan Baillie Crest & Motto

Baillieoflamington

"Quid Clarius Astris"

What is brighter than the stars
OTHER NAMES WHO WEAR THE Baillie TARTAN:

WHAT DOES THE Baillie NAME MEAN?
The origin of the name Baillie is disputed as coming from the French "bailif" which means estate manager, or from the Norman name Bailliol. It is said that due to the unpopularity of the name Balliol after the ascension of Robert the Bruce to the Scottish crown, many changed it to Ballie.

WHERE DOES THE Baillie CLAN HAIL FROM?
At the start of the 14th century, William de Baliol acquired the property of Lamington in Lanarkshire. His son, Sir William Baillie, was granted a charter confirming the ownership in 1358. Sir William helped re-establish the family's fortune and from him descend the branches of Carphin, Park, Jerviston, Dunrogal, Carnbroe, Castlecarry, Provand, and Dochfour. A younger brother, Alexander Baillie was appointed constable of Inverness Castle by the Earl of Huntly.

The family's fortunes began to decline after their lands were held as forfeith for their part in the Battle of Langside on the side of Mary, Queen of Scots. In 1636, George Baillie of St. John's Kirk (a branch of the Lamington Ballies) bought the lands of Jerviswood, Lanarkshire, and the estate of Mellerstain, Berwickshire, in 1643. His son Robert Baillie of Jerviswood (1623-84), was the civil and religious reformer executed for his views. His family were forced to flee to Holland. Robert's son, George Baillie of Jerviswood and Mellerstain (1664-1738), married Lady Grisell Hume (1665-1746) in 1691. They started the building of Mellerstain House and are the ancestors of the present earls of Haddington.