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Scrymgeour Tartan
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Scrymgeour Tartan

A name associated with Fife and later Dundee, which is most-likely derived from 'skrymsher' the Old English for a swordsman, although the family can trace its roots back to Northern Ireland. Scrimgeours acquired the lands of Glassary (Argyll and Bute) in the 14th C. and the lands of Dudhope in 1495, becoming the Constables and later Earls of Dundee. The Earldom was soon lost to John Maitland, Duke of Lauderdale (1616-82) although it was regained by the family after petitioning the House of Lords in 1953.

Sir Alexander Scrymgeour carried the Royal Standard under Sir William Wallace at the Battle of Falkirk (1298) and was an early supporter of Robert the Bruce.

Sir James Scrymgeour was one of the nobles who arranged the marriage of James VI to Anne of Denmark and also one of the commissioners who tried to negotiate political union with England following the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

The family seat remains an Birkhill near Cupar (Fife).

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