airlie sept of  ogilvy clan

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There are several spelling variations for the Clan Ogilvy surname. Included are families (known as Septs) with different surnames from the original Clan name. Throughout the centuries, surnames have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original  Ogilvy spelling. 

The Ogilvy Clan Crest which, all members are entitled to wear, is from the crest on the top of the Clan Ogilvy Chief’s “Coat of Arms”. The complete Ogilvy Coat of Arms is displayed only by the Clan Chief and passes down directly to his eldest son. The wearing of your Clan Ogilvy Chief’s Crest, is a way of honoring your Chief, your Clan association and your Scottish Family Ancestry

We make this range of Clan Ogilvy Crest Jewelry and Clan Ogilvy Crest as your link to your Scottish bloodline. 

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Clan Chief:           13th Earl of Airlie, Sir David George Ogilvy

Origin of Name:   From Gillibride, the 2nd son of Gilliechriost, Earl of Angus.

Gaelic Name:        MacGhille Bhuidhe

Clan Crest:           Upper body of a lady clutching the protective

                         grill over the castle gateway

Clan Motto:          A fin (To the end)

Lands:                   Angus


The origins of the great Clan Ogilvy are clouded in the mists of time, with the name said to stem from the ancient word for the high ground of Glen Ogilvy, Ocel Fa. This Celtic placename has been used for at least 1600 years, forever bonding the people of Clan Ogilvy with the land of their forefathers. The perpetuity of the Clan is testament to the success and tenacity of the Ogilvys, as their bloodline has flowed valiantly down through the annals of Scotland's history. From the earliest times, the Ogilvies have had strong bonds with the Crown of Scotland. Gilbert, son of the Earl of Angus, was granted the barony of Ogilvie by King William the Lion in 1127. This loyalty to the Crown soon became an Ogilvy tradition, and with fealty came rewards.

In 1491, King James IV showed his appreciation by bestowing the chief with the title Lord Ogilvy of Airlie. Clan Ogilvy stood steadfast with the Stewart monarchs against Cromwell's republican Roundheads during the Civil War that devastated Britain in the 17th Century. James, the 8th Lord Airlie was made the Earl of Airlie by King Charles I in 1639, but the Ogilvie's sacrifice to Scotland was great. While the Earl was away fighting for the King in England, the Ogilvie stronghold at Airlie Castle was attacked and destroyed by the Marquis of Argyll and his Campbell Covenanters.

The Clan Ogilvie exacted full revenge upon the Chief's return, invading and plundering the Campbell lands by way of retribution. James, the 2nd Earl, followed solidly in his father's royalist footsteps. After the 1645 Battle of Philiphaugh, he was captured, imprisoned and sentenced to death. His captors, however, had not counted on the extent of Ogilvy ingenuity. Disguised in his elder sister's clothes, young James walked straight of St Andrews Castle on the eve of his execution, and lived to the ripe age of 93. Another notable Clan member, George Ogilvy of Barras, was the Governor of Dunnotar Castle, home of the crown jewels and Regalia of Scotland. When the castle was besieged by Cromwell's troops in 1652, Ogilvy managed to ensure that the jewels left the embattled stronghold in loyal hands, for which he was created a baronet of Nova Scotia.
Ogilvies also fought under the banner of Bonnie Prince Charlie, with the Chief's son leading a 600 strong regiment against the English at the fateful Battle of Culloden in 1746.
The 13th Earl of Ogilvy is David Ogilvy, who resides at Cortachy Castle, Killiemuir, in the Angus district of Scotland.

The Ogilvy Clan Crest is the upper body of a lady  clutching the protective grill over  the castle gateway and the proud Ogilvy clan motto, “A fin” meaning in French, (To the end).

Our Scottish Heritage is the common bond that unites our Ogilvy family name forever.