Turnbull Tartan & Clan

This name, like so many others, has a legend to explain its origins. The sixteenth-century historian, Boece, records that a Borders man by the name of Rule, saved Robert the Bruce by ‘turning an angry bull which was set to gore the king’. The king promptly named him Turnbull and rewarded him with lands which were named ‘bedrule’ after their fortunate new owner. Sadly, like so many such stories, the more likely derivation is from the old English ‘trumbald’, meaning strong’or ‘bold’.

Clan Turnbull Crest & Motto

Turnbull

"I Saved The King"

OTHER NAMES WHO WEAR THE Turnbull TARTAN:

WHAT DOES THE Turnbull NAME MEAN?
The likely derivation is from the old English ‘trumbald’, meaning strong’or ‘bold’.

WHERE DOES THE Turnbull CLAN HAIL FROM?
Scottish Borders

Fatlips Castle founded by the Turnbulls of Barnhill was restored in 2013 and stands proudly atop the Minto Crags in Roxburghshire.