Borthwick Tartan & Clan

In 1330 Sir William Borthwick was part of the group charge with taking Robert the Bruce’s heart to the Holy Land. On their way there, the group was attack by Moors in Spain. William, being a fearsome warrior was undaunted and cut the Moorish leader’s head off with a single blow, saving the group in the process. For this reason, the Clan still proudly displays the moors head on its crest, grizzly but true.

Clan Borthwick Crest & Motto

Borthwick

"Qui Conducit"

He who leads
OTHER NAMES WHO WEAR THE Borthwick TARTAN:

WHAT DOES THE Borthwick NAME MEAN?
The name Borthwick is of territorial origin, and it seems likely to have been assumed from lands on Borthwick Water in Roxburghshire.

WHERE DOES THE Borthwick CLAN HAIL FROM?
The Borthwick family is one of the most Modern in Scotland and some recent research suggests that they may have come to Britain with Caesar’s legions.

During the fifteenth century the Borthwicks acquired immense influence and became Lords of Parliament.