Carmichael Tartan & Clan

An ancient hill fort or ‘caer’ in a prominent location close to the main route north from the border was chosen by the ‘good’ Queen Margaret in the year 1058 as the site of one of her first six churches established in the see of Glasgow. Due to the prominence of the site, she dedicated the church to St. Michel and the district and its peoples became ‘of Caermichel’ when surnames were necessitated in the thirteenth century.

Clan Carmichael Crest & Motto

Carmichael

"Tout Jour Prest"

Always Ready
OTHER NAMES WHO WEAR THE Carmichael TARTAN:

WHAT DOES THE Carmichael NAME MEAN?
There is only one source of the name ‘Carmichael’ and that is territorial or geographic in origin from the northern edge of the Southern Uplands in Scotland.

WHERE DOES THE Carmichael CLAN HAIL FROM?
During the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Carmichaels travelled widely - some to Galloway - where they became kinsmen of the Stewarts of Galloway and later moved northwards settling in Lismore and Appin as kinsmen of the Stewarts of Appin and the McDougals.

During the Battle of Beauge, Sir John de Carmichael managed to unhorse the Duke of Clarence, brother to Kind Henry V of England. On the Duke's death, the English troops fled and the outcome of the war was completed altered. In the process of unhorsing the Duke, Sir John broke his own spear. For this Sir John was awarded the family crest featuring a broken speak grasped by a gauntlet.