Clan Innes

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Clan Innes
Clan member crest badge - Clan Innes.svg
Crest: A boar's head erased Proper.
Motto BE TRAIST (be faithful)
Region Highland's and Lowlands
District Moray
Plant badge Great Bulrush
Clan Innes has no chief, and is an armigerous clan
Historic seat Innes House (1640–1767)
Last Chief Sir James Innes, 6th Baronet
Died 19 July 1823
Note: Guy Innes-Ker, the 10th Duke of Roxburghe is undoubtedly the Chief of Clan Innes, however he cannot be so recognised as retains the name Innes-Ker.

Clan Innes is a Highland Scottish clan. The clan is without a chief that is recognized by the Lord Lyon King of Arms; therefore it can be considered an armigerous clan. The clan takes its name from the lands of Innes in Moray, Scotland.

Clan Innes claims descent from a Berowald, a Flemish knight, who was given the lands of Innes by Malcolm IV of Scotland in 1160. Berowald's grandson, Walter, assumed the surname Innes and was granted a charter of confirmation by Alexander II of Scotland in 1226. In 1452, Robert Innes, the eleventh laird, fought under the Earl of Huntly at the Battle of Brechin. He later founded the Greyfriars of Elgin in an attempt to repay for his sins. The twentieth chief of Clan Innes, Sir Robert, was a Member of Parliament for Moray and was made a baronet of Nova Scotia in 1625. The third baronet, Sir James, married Lady Margaret Ker (whom through the sixth baronent inherited the Ker dukedom of Roxburghe. The twenty-fifth chief (and sixth baronet), Sir James Innes, claimed the dukedom of Roxburghe in 1805 when the previous duke died without a direct heir. Later, in 1812 the House of Lords ruled in favour of Sir James, rejecting claims by the heir female of the second earl and heir male whatsoever of the first earl. Because of the ruling Sir James took the surname Innes-Ker and was titled James Innes-Ker, 5th Duke of Roxburghe.[3] The present duke of Roxburghe is heir to the chiefship of the clan, however since he bears the surname Innes-Ker the Lord Lyon King of Arms will not recognise him as chief of the name Innes.[4]

The crest badge suitable for clan members to wear contains the heraldic crest of a boar's head erased Proper, and the heraldic motto of BE TRAIST.[5]


Clan Innes has two historical tartans, They are called "Innes Red" and "Innes Hunting", Innes Red is the first Tartan discovered, However, there are many variations of the Innes Red, The most known version is titled in the Scottish Register of Tartans as "Innes (Of Moray)" other versions are called "Innes (D C Stewart)" and "Innes" the one most commonly used is "Innes (of Moray)"

The Innes Hunting tartan is the newest found tartan, It was registered on the Scottish Register of Tartans by Colin Innes of Tulchan with agreement of The Duke of Roxburghe in the Lyon Court Books 19, April, 1969. It is identical to the "Innes (miniature)" tartan taken from a miniature of Georgina Innes at Edingight. There are many other Tartans registered to Clan Innes, These include "Innes of Cowie", "Innes Dress" and "Innes Red, Dress (Dance)". [6]

see also


  1. Innes Clan Society USA "Septs and names"
  2. The Culture of Protestantism in Early Modern Scotland, Margo Todd, July 11 2009, published by Yale University Press, 2002. page 375
  3. "Clan Innes". Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs ( Retrieved 2008-11-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs Requirements for Recognition
  5. Way of Plean, George; Squire, Romilly (2000). Clans & Tartans. Glasgow: HarperCollins. p. 132. ISBN 0-00-472501-8. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Scottish Register of Tartans

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