Clan Abercromby Badge, Scottish Clan Abercromby
During the reign of King Malcolm III "Canmore” from 1058 to 1093, it is tradition that the first John of Abercromby served as one of the great officers of the monarch's household. Descendants of the first owner of Abercromby in Fife continued for several generations to use the name of Cocus or Coquus, which was taken from the position or office held by their ancestor at the court of King Malcolm.
The last to make use of the prefix to the name seems to have been John Cocus, or Coquus, de Abercromby. By 1270, Richard de Abercromby, who appears to be his son and successor, is dead. William de Abercromby, his son, is retoured as heir in the lands of "Abbeyrcrummy" to his father Richard. In 1296, William and his son, John de Abercromby of Fife, signed the famous Ragman Roll promising fealty to Edward I of England. It may be, however, that their signatures were given under coercion. Although William's name does not appear again, John of Abercromby's name is found on a Roll of the Knights and Barons of Fife summoned to take part in a Court of Justice held by King Robert I in 1312 at Cupar.
Humphry, another son of William of Abercromby, and a brother of John, appears to have been a more ardent supporter of the royal Bruce. In 1313 or 1315, he received his charter of northern lands. After 1340, Humphry was succeeded in the north by his heir Alexander de Abercromby of Petmathen. At Forglen, a charter shows that Alexander de Abercromby of Petmathen succeeded Humphry around 1340. He acquired "Park of Galcorse" about 1350, probably as a wedding present for David & his bride, Margaret of Leslie, daughter of Sir Andrew de Leslie.
Their son John of Petmathen was in the Battle of Harlaw, 15 miles N. of Aberdeen, on 24 July 1411. He was married to an unknown and died in 1430, the same year that his son Humphrey, of Petmathen, was born. On 4 June 1457, Humphrey de Abercromby received from King James II a charter of his lands of "Petmathen." He died ca. 1472.
As a youth, Alexander Abercromby, of Pitmedden & Birkenbog received a knighthood from King James VI of Scotland for whom he was Grand Falconer. Also, he became Grand Falconer to Charles I. In 1602, he was joined in marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of David Bethune (Beton, Betoun, or Beaton) of Balfour. He was a Puritan and acted as Sheriff of Banffshire from 1638 to 1641.
Each item begins as a piece of bronze sheet metal. After a pattern is transferred to the metal, the piece is etched in a salt-water solution. Each piece is hand cut, sanded, and polished. The pin back is soldered on. A patina has been applied giving the metal that aged look. A clear polymer coating is applied to the face of the badge.